No way to polish that turd. Iowa State had just about everything go wrong in the Liberty Bowl, except fan support.
The Cyclones were dominated at the line of scrimmage by Tulsa. Tackling was awful. Undisciplined penalties brought back memories of the Chizik era. Sam Richardson looked so shaky, it wasn’t a surprise to later learn he had the flu. That won’t keep Cyclone fans from wondering all off-season if they still lack an answer at quarterback.
For historical context, that’s just the second time in 23 tries Tulsa has beaten a BCS level team. It wasn’t a fluke either. Tulsa looked much better than it did in September, Iowa State did not.
For those who feel like you were watching the Pinstripe Bowl all over again, at least you were watching a bowl. I guess that’s the silver lining, but it’s still feels like it’s raining.
As I listened to the post-game show on 1460 KXnO, I was reminded how the coaches and players are more critical of themselves than the fans or media are. The men in the locker room are also far more disappointed than any fan.
The fans were the stars of this bowl. John Sears and Brandon McCauley’s stories did a good job of showcasing the strong impression Iowa State fans made in Memphis. It will pay in years to come. What a dog game though. Did not see that effort coming at all.
Meantime, no one will fault the effort of the Hawkeye basketball team. Playing in front of the loudest Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd in recent memory, Iowa took #5 Indiana to the final minute. Devyn Marble nearly shot the Hawks out of the game–he was 1-14–but Iowa would not go away.
Any Hawk should be encouraged, though it had an element of reality check too. If you’re a legit conference contender, which Iowa is not yet, you win at home.
Here’s what Indiana head coach Tom Crean wrote on Twitter (By the way, what’s the deal with his hair?):
Iowa is going to be very, very good. The atmosphere was excellent. Hostile and that’s the way it should be. I hope they sell out every game…They deserve it. Class coach with a Class program. This was a hard earned win for us.
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I’m ringing in the New Year with the family at home. I’ve spent a few New Years in bars or comedy clubs, but it’s a good night to stay home. We even bought sparkling grape juice. I won’t be drinking that.
No Dick Clark this year. Hard to believe. It seemed he’d always be there. No one is. I guess Ryan Seacrest is the closest thing we have to Clark now. It’s not Carson Daly.
I always respect the Alpine Bar on Ingersoll for closing on New Year’s Eve. That’s a lot of lost money, but the owner says it’s worth it not to deal with “amateurs”.
Ate Sunday brunch at a hidden gem in Des Moines, Patton’s. Real deal southern food. Comfort of the best kind. I ate so much, I skipped dinner. Next time I won’t overdo it.