Alright — Everybodygood? Whathavewegot?
Yeah… things got a little freaky out there. Saturday was definitely kind of weird. The kind of day where you have to take the surprises as they come and adapt damn well best as you can. The weather delay took both teams out of their pregame rhythms with the start time being pushed back — for the first half it felt like the team that would recover best would win the game. Iowa came out and played, well… like Iowa. How they put 14 points up early on us was with how they usually do things on both sides of the ball — nothing too flashy, just damn regular stuff, taking advantage of our mistakes and working down the field.
As for our team, I think some things came together for key players in their own ways — Cam Coffman came back of the bench and found his mojo by letting it all hang out… Antonio Marshall has come up to speed,tuned into this second half of the season, and is on his way to becoming the sort of defensive playmaker we knew he could be… (by the way, go back and look at the tape… I totally called Iowa’s audible that led to Marshall’s INT)… Latimer learned that he wasn’t just a good receiver, but he could be dominant… It’s a hell of a thing when you can see players getting better week to week.
Credit has to be payed to the coaching staff — on both sides of the ball our position coaches are absolutely fucking unreal work. Even last year, it was plain to see that Greg Frey was transforming raw talent into a skilled Big Ten line. Add two freshman into the mix and Frey’s building the bedrock of what this program will be in the next few years. On the other side of the ball, Mark Hagan and Jon Fabris have more or less been goddamm miracle workers with our defensive line — anybody who’s watched the past four games has to agree. Then that leaves Kevin Johns, coaching both the WRs & the QBs — think about that and the numbers we’ve put up this year… Hell, if I had the votes, I’d make sure both Frey & Johns were the Big Ten Assistants of the Year.
Cody Latimer — 7 REC, 113 YDS, 3 TD: Cody found his beast mode on Saturday. Now let’s work on him staying in that zone.
Cam Coffman 315 YDS, 3 TD: What a day for Cam — in three quarters of work, he put reconstructed how he want to play in this game and came back out on fire. By getting off his back foot and shifting his weight through his hips onto his front leg, like a powerful golf swing, Cam found his speed and rhythm to make the offensive click. Great work at the line with the snap counts keeping the Iowa front seven on edge.
Ted Bolser — 6 REC, 82 YDS: Things really go right when you get Teddy going in the mix. Flyin’ Teddy worked hard for every catch and every yard and put some shit on film showing how valuable he is on special teams
Kofi Hughes — 6 REC, 110 YDS: Kofi’s like pizza — always good, but when you’re hungry and he’s great, it’s fucking fantastic.
Adam Replogle — 7 tackles, 2 for loss: What can you say about this cat that hasn’t already been said? Adam is the heart of this team, and to slam some metaphors together, this team wears it’s heart on its sleeve. Replogle, Black, and Sliger controlled the Iowa front five from the the inside out. Come January, we’re going to have this kid bronzed.
Let’s get get through some questions….
@sammyj108: Will you be disappointed if the Wisconsin game isn’t sold out?
@barge55: Is Saturday’s game w/ Sconie the biggest-hyped iufb game in the last 20 years? Will we actually fill The Rock??”
Off the top of my head, the quick answer is yeah — yeah, I would — because this team deserves to have as many people standing with them as possible, but really there’s a bunch of different answers to the question. Coaches can also give you a coachspeak answer and tell you’ve that we’ve circled the wagons and that this team is really playing foremost for the everybody in our locker room, but you’d be crazy to think that and college football player doesn’t want the rest of his fellow students out their in the stands too. Lots of people give our student body a ton of shit for not filling up the stands and staying there — fact is it’s not just the students. If you run the numbers, a best case scenario doesn’t fill half the East Stands. Take 32k undergrads, throw out all the music majors, residents of Collins, kids working jobs, foreign students, and Smallwood renters on hold to a WFAN call-in, and the number gets small. Nancy Boy maxes out his student section capacity at 7,800, but let’s take the 12,500 total number of kids rotate in and out of that number of seats. That’s the realistic potential number for students who might be interested enough to show up — problem is, that barely fills a quarter of the stadium. We need to get people in the cars, on the road, and into The Rock. Ask anybody slapdick who even casually roots for IU in any sport what they love about the Hoosiers, about the first thing they’ll say is Bloomington. Now we got to call those people out, get tickets in their hands, get them to the best damn college town in America, and leave the rest to us to show why this such a fucking fun team to root for….
Will we sell out Saturday? Honestly, I doubt it… but take a good look around, because we’re working on making that a thing of the past.
P.S. — …and another thing: I’m still a little pissed off about this Indianapolis radio thing. Sure as hell would be easier to sell some tickets if we could get in the ears of Central Indiana radio listeners, and that comes down to the whatever the hell is going on in between the ears of the producers and on-air talent at 1070 and 1260. This week #iufb is probably the 3rd best story for moving the meter for their stations — right after #iubb at #1 and the Colts. Hey collected radio slapdicks — do your job and cover this goddamm story.
@JeffShowalter: Can we get an official name for this rise in #iufb? I’m still for #victorybaconrevolution?
If that’s how you want to roll, I’d have no problem with that… If you’re talking about what’s going on in recruiting, we’ll let the high school cats come up with their own thing, like that Patterson kid did with “The Movement”. Right now, if you’d ask somebody in the #iufb locker room, they’d probably call it #hardwork. (video courtesy @darianwhite, IUsportcom)
@MrTickles1: There are no questions this week. Just praise for the D that made sitting there in the cold worth every fuckin’ second!!!
Outstanding — we’ll see you in the same seat on Saturday.
Sidebar: When you’re thinking about #iufb this week, take a moment to look up Hoosier legend Milt Campbell, who passed this past weekend at the age of 90. Milt was an I-Man in both football and track in Bloomington who won the Olympic Decathlon silver medal in 1952 and the Gold Medal in 1956, becoming the first African-American to win the universally acclaimed distinction of “The World’s Greatest Athlete”.
Alright? What’s left?…. Bielema and Wisconsin are going to bring a hell of a game… no getting around, because now we all know what we’re playing for… Yes, we control our own destiny… and there are really big scary dudes who want to stop us from working down that road. But I’ll tell you what… we can be the big fucking scary monsters too.
Now let’s put some asses in the seats on Saturday and we’ll bring the monsters.