January 1st is the best sports day of the year, big-time College Football ALL DAY LONG! I'm just getting ready for bed after 12 hours of football.
Of course, New Year's Day is best when the Hawks are playing, as they did today against the South Carolina Gamecocks. I had the sense that South Carolina was over matched in this game but I also watched in horror this fall as the Hawkeyes gave away games through turnovers to 4 lesser opponents, so I knew there was always the possibility of chocking it away.
But the team that blew all those dumb games early in the year has been replaced by the hottest team in the Big Ten and a Sophomore QB who is playing with a new found confidence and intensity. Iowa dominated the line of scrimmage the entire game and since Kirk Ferentz is too classy to run up the score, we only won by 21 but the game wasn't as close as the score.
Erin and I watched the game with two fellow Hawkeyes, Chad and Michelle Holland at KC's version of Kinnick Stadium, the Other Place in Olathe. Chad and I are much happier in this picture than in the one Erin took of us after the 2003 Orange Bowl. While eating the OP's amazing pizza and watching the game, we started making plans for our trip Happy Valley for the Iowa-Penn State game the last weekend of September. We'll drop our kids off with our parents (Chad and Michelle grew up close to me) and then spend the weekend in the Appalachian Mountains. I've already got a guest speaker for that Sunday, Matt Schoenfield of Abundant Living.
If you want to watch the 45 second highlight video today's game, you can do so at ESPN.
For the longer version, complete with interviews, check out the Big Ten Network.