Making good time going home
1. What pro football hall of famer amassed 14,101 rushing yards in his career with the New England Patriots and New York Jets from 1995-06?
2. Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty starred in what 1973 film adaptation of a 1956 Mark Harris sports novel?
3. How many consecutive passes did Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Chuck Long complete in a 1984 game vs. the Indiana Hoosiers to set an NCAA record?
4. What sport did Uruguayan teacher Juan Carlos Ceriani create in 1930 as an indoor, five-on-five version of soccer?
5. At what university did the NFL’s Watt brothers (J.J., T.J. and Derek) play college football?
6. What U.S. archer won two gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta?
7. Former NBA player Cliff Robinson appeared on the 28th season of what reality TV competition series?
1. Curtis Martin.
2. “Bang the Drum Slowly.”
5. The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
6. Justin Huish.
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It feels wonderful to say Iowa football is back. We hope it’s back for the planned nine game season. The medical community and lingering COVID-19 will decide, in the long run, how much football and basketball will transpire. For now let’s think positive and hope for the best.
Here are some general thoughts as the Hawkeyes prepare for Purdue at West Lafayette on Saturday, October 24.
There’s a brand new quarterback in town. California kid Spencer Petras has a big body and a big arm connected to it. He broke most of Jared Goff’s passing records at Marin Catholic High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Goff is doing quite well with the Rams these days and Petras has thrown ten career passes as a backup to Nate Stanley in two seasons. Petras has a lot of confidence packed in that 6’5”, 230 pound frame. Stanley threw for over 8,000 yards and 68 touchdowns primarily from the pocket. Petras can throw and run, move the pocket, get on the edge and take off if necessary. He can make all the throws and selected Iowa after decommitting from Oregon State due to a coaching change.
He loved the Hawkeye’s facilities, QB coach Ken O’Keefe and everything else about his visit. Growing up on the west coast allowed him to watch plenty of Big Ten football Saturday mornings. He has an affection for the legendary players and sold out stadiums of the conference and is excited to start his Iowa career after bunkering in all spring and summer as a “social hermit.”
Petras will have a gifted set of receivers to throw to, led by preseason All Big Ten and All America pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette. The Hawkeye’s defense will be solid again despite losing four starters to the NFL, most notably A.J. Epenesa. Tackle Jack Heflin, a grad transfer from Northern Illinois and the Mid America Conference defensive player of the year will help fill the void left by Epenesa.
Kicker Keith Duncan returns for his senior year as the country’s top field goal kicker and should be instrumental again in tight, end-of-game situations!
Go Hawks and game on!
Speaking of game on, catch the Hawks at my new bar in the Millwork District. Gary Dolphin’s Iron Bar is just off the main lobby in the Novelty Iron Works building, 333 East 10th street. We’re scheduled to open Saturday October 24th. More on the historic building and the game plan in next months issue.
The Little Town We Couldn’t Find!
Maury, this is another one of those “crazy” things that happened to your Grandpa because of baseball. It’s about how we couldn’t find the town where the game was to take place!
We played approximately sixty games that summer and the only two day games were the 4th of July, (you remember- when we almost missed the train!) and this one – scheduled for a Sunday afternoon – in a little town called Festina. Semi-pro baseball was “wide open” in those days and the size of a town meant nothing as to how good their ball club might be. “Imported” players were very common and this little town had a real fine team.
As usual, Grandpa was driving the last of three cars to leave Dubuque. Festina, IA was a two-hour drive directly north. After driving for approximately two hours, Tom Schlueter (we called him “slush pump” because he played the trombone), our right fielder and “map reader,” informed us, as we entered a town, that we were too far north because this town was north of Festina on the map – by about fifteen miles! We immediately turned around, headed south and after a short time, expected to see a sign saying “Festina.” But, guess what, Maury, – we drove past the town for the second time! We did an abrupt U-turn and headed north again! It turned out this little town was about five miles east of the highway and, the county black top road leading there was marked by a ‘’very small” sign!
Tom, our left fielder Midge Delaney, our first baseman Merle Mathis and Grandpa arrived just minutes before game time, but we finally found that “little town!”
Interestingly, Grandpa visited recently with someone familiar with that area today, and I told him this story. And guess what, Maury. He said, after all these years the sign reading Festina, is still rather small and could easily be missed!
Hope you enjoyed this.