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Hollywood Hawk Hogan

Hollywood, California (via Omaha)

MEMBER SINCE   August 01, 2016

I am a third generation UI graduate. My parents met shortly before Francis Xavier Lauterbur's legendary 0-11season in 1973, which proved to be his last as Iowa's coach. This was the nadir of Hawkeye futility during the two miserable decades without a winning season that bridged the time between Forest Evashevki's glory days of the 1950s and the Hawkeye renaissance led by Hayden Fry in the 1980s. My mom was impressed with the dedication my dad and other Iowa fans showed to the program despite losing every game that season, typically in blowout fashion. This converted her to Iowa fandom despite growing up in a Cornhusker family and living her whole life in Omaha. There's an outside chance I was conceived in the second half of one of those games, long after my dad had turned off the radio in despair and disgust. (There's a difference between dedication and masochism.) I was born in Omaha while Nebraska football was a Colossus standing astride the Missouri Valley and Iowa football was making Iowa State look good by comparison. But Hawkeye fandom was my birthright, safely secured for me until I was old enough to actually pay attention to football and basketball games ... which fortunately happened in 1981, The Sacred Year of Rebirth!


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The last game my dad got to see was Iowa's 2002 beatdown of Minnesota, where the Hawkeyes registered their first ever 11-win season, earned a share of the Big Ten Championship, kept Floyd in his rightful home, and celebrated by tearing down Minnesota's goalposts and carrying them out of the Metrodome. HA!!!
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos
  • NFL TEAM: whoever is playing the Patriots
  • NBA TEAM: Los Angeles Lakers
  • MLB TEAM: Meh
  • SOCCER TEAM: ¡Viva Mexico!

Recent Activity

Comment 18 May 2020

OSU, UW, and PSU all seem to be about right.

Michigan, Minnesota, and Iowa all belong in the 20s.

UNL and the three 100:1 teams should all converge somewhere around Indiana's 80:1.

The bottom three seem about right.

Comment 18 May 2020

Interesting note: Despite all the attention they (understandably) receive, crossover game have NEVER determined the B1G West title. The division champion has always been the first place team by division games as well as the first-place team by conference games. I made a table for each season with the West/East divisions showing the division winners and comparing their records in division games to those of their nearest competitors.

Year champion record nearest competitor
2019 Wisconsin 5-1 5-1 Iowa (lost to UW)
2018 Northwestern 6-0 4-2 Wisconsin
2017 Wisconsin 6-0 5-1 Northwestern
2016 Wisconsin 6-0 4-2 Iowa
2015 Iowa 6-0 5-1 Northwestern
2014 Wisconsin 5-1 4-2 Minnesota

First of all, there's way too much Wisconsin in that table. Blecch! (Just the right amount of Nebraska, though!)

Of course, it's possible that crossover games could cost a team the division. The most likely scenario I can think of is: Iowa goes 6-0 in the West but loses at OSU and at PSU while Wisconsin goes 5-1 in the West and sweeps their crossovers, including Michigan in Ann Arbor. It could happen, but it probably won't.

Comment 18 May 2020

I like this idea. On the one hand, it's fun that GotG gave Iowa the wrestling attendance record, and doing it in Happy Valley likely draws a bigger crowd. (They're wrestling-mad hicks like us, but there's a lot more of them.) On the other hand, that doesn't take away the fact that Iowa started it, and it would be a phenomenal event and great showcase for the sport: top two wrestling programs in the land, ginormous crowd, unusual setting, etc.

It'd be even cooler if it could be lined up with Iowa football's trip to Penn State. Probably impossible unless COVID-19 precautions delay that game to November, but that gives Iowa fans (particularly those living east coast-ish) a two-fer incentive to make the trip.

Comment 10 May 2020

McCaffrey's hoops teams have always been the Yang to Ferentz's Yin on that score. The hilarious/frustrating part is that both Fran's O-heavy approach and Kirk's D-heavy [snicker] football style run counter to the prevailing trends in their respective sports.

Comment 10 May 2020

Interesting, but probably doesn't tell us that much. I'm sure DeWine is still anticipating the strong possibility of the season being cancelled. If so, he's out some bucks for his season tickets, but I assume gains some very valuable PR in Ohio for financially supporting the Buckeye athletic department "in these difficult times."

Comment 10 May 2020

Thanks for the link. I think this quote right here is everyone's cue to tell James Franklin to go to hell. [emphasis added]

Say two or three of the schools in our conference that are ranked in the top 10 have the ability to open and a couple schools don't, and you make the decision to hold the entire conference back, you're hurting the conference as a whole in terms of your ability to compete.

@Why should some measly little "public health emergency" in, say, Illinois or New Jersey prevent Penn State from striving for something really important: a New Year's Six [email protected]

Comment 17 Mar 2020

In Lunardi's bracket, Iowa's theoretical path to the Final Four would, according to chalk, entail consecutive wins over Duke, Kentucky, and Kansas. If only North Carolina had snuck into the tourney as our first-round opponent, that would have been ALL the evil blue teams!

Comment 08 Mar 2020

Big Ten wrestling championships determined so far:

  • 125: Spencer Lee
  • 133: Sebastian Rivera
  • 141: Luke Pletcher
  • 149: Pat Lugo
  • Tournament: YOUR IOWA HAWKEYES