Spotlight on Carver, Lolo Wrapped in Ribbon, Band vs. Cheerleaders

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(By Chris Hassel)

There will be close to 30-thousand fans at Carver Hawkeye Arena, Saturday. The basketball team is expected to sell out its game against #6 Ohio State. Then the #1-ranked Iowa wrestlers take center-stage as the Hawks host #2 Oklahoma State. The U of I expects over 15-thousand for the bball game, and close to that for the wrestling match. 1 vs. 2 is always great, but tomorrow is all about basketball.

I don’t think there’s any way to argue that the game against Ohio State isn’t the biggest game the Hawkeyes have had since the 2006-07 season. That’s the last year the Hawks were halfway relevant in the Big Ten. Iowa has a golden opportunity to prove to its fans that men’s basketball is once again a sport at the U of I. With a win, the Hawks would have two victories over top-11 teams in the last 8 days, and they’d be 3-1 in conference play. A win over OSU is highly unlikely, but so were wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota. Hawkeye basketball fans have been waiting for years to have something to cheer about, and they’ll get it on Saturday afternoon. Carver will be rocking. The question is, will the Hawks be able to keep their fans in it, by staying in the game.

Iowa State also has a big game with Texas A&M. ISU’s conference opening win over Texas was somewhat overshadowed by Iowa’s victory over Minnesota, but now the ‘Clones have a chance to make some noise. Is this going to be the same ol’ Cyclone team that can’t win away from Hilton? Or will ISU show that it’s ready to compete in the Big 12.

I guess the folks at ‘Outside Magazine’ ran out of dental floss during their recent cover shoot with Lolo Jones. Is that red ribbon? A finish-line perhaps?

Keith keeps tweeting pictures of the monster truck event at Wells Fargo Arena. I can’t help but think he’s miserable. It looks so boring it’s actually starting to ruin my night.

Fox’s coverage of college football is the worst of any network in America. And what’s the deal with the huge fetish for showing the band? Band shots to cheerleader shots are like 10-to-1. That’s just not right.

What a weekend of bowl games! Saturday we get SMU vs. PITT in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Sunday we get Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois in the Bowl. Congratulations to all four of those teams on making a January bowl game.


  • Band Parent

    I applaud Fox's football coverage and as you call it their fetish for covering the band. For your information the college band works very hard and for NO SCHOLARSHIP like the pampered football players. Without the band the atmosphere at games would be blah! There would be no school song, no spirit etc. For your information band parents enjoy seeing their hard working college students on television too. As a former band member and retired music teacher I again applaud Fox for their realization as to how important the college band is! You, Chris Hassle, need to think before you talk and offend many people!!

  • Erik

    Why is it everybody seems to rag on Chris Hassel for his opinions? This is a blog, not a news story. Opinions are what make blogs. If you don't like it, don't read it.

  • Bobbi D

    I applaud Band Parent for not putting up with Chris Hassel's disgusting actions! Please read my blog Band Parent, and help me in my quest to end cyber/baby bullying.

    Oh, and I am not having with the above poster. The only person I have had, or would have, babies with is my husband, but we are a little too far in years to procreate anymore.

    Bobbi D

  • Evil Adam

    Some bands (most notably the “Million Dollar Band” of Alabama, who I would take any band in Iowa over) do get compensation, others do not. Having spent 6 years in the Iowa State University Cyclone Football “Varsity” Marching Band (sans payment) it's nice to make it on TV, but I have to agree with Chris that Fox was a bit extreme in their coverage.

    I can also tell you, as a former band member, that we really don't care nearly as much as Band Parent, or Bandwagon Bobbi, would like you to believe, and I certainly wasn't offended.

  • Bobbi D

    The person impersonating me is disgusting and in violation of the law! I demand that this person be banned immediately and have criminal charges processed against them! I will not tolerate be made folly of!!!

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