Hey again, Hawk fans!  Unless you’ve been a Hawkeye fan for several decades, or unless you’re just a Hawkeye sports history nut like me, then the title of this post probably doesn’t make sense.  I’m guessing that’s the case for most people reading this, so before I go any further, I’ll lay it out for you with a Gus Schrader story.

Gus Schrader and the Meaning of Hash

Schrader worked at the Cedar Rapids Gazette from 1951-1978 and wrote a very popular column called “Red Peppers.”  Most of the time, he filled his column with a Hawkeye sports story.

But on occasion, at the end of the column, he’d throw in a few words about a couple subjects that didn’t merit more than a paragraph or two.  Schrader referred to these quick-hitting paragraphs as “hash”.  Readers knew it was coming when they read his subheading, “Pass the Hash.”  Then he’d do a paragraph or two about a few random topics.

Sometimes Schrader’s whole column just contained these quick-hitting paragraphs.  Schrader announced this at the very beginning of Red Peppers by using the title, “It’s All Hash Today.”  This is only serving to remind me that I really need to write more about Gus Schrader sometime…

Anyway, frequently I want to briefly address a couple different Hawkeye-related topics.  In a nod to Schrader, I’ll call these posts Random Hash.  And away we go…

Links, Links, and More Links!

I’ve finally added a section on the right hand side of the page with my favorite Hawkeye-related links.  Many sites have links like this, but mine in particular were inspired by Clubber’s Iowa Hawkeye Links.  I’ll do my best to keep it up to date, so you can quickly see what’s news in the world of Hawkeye sports.  And if you have any Hawkeye-related sites you think I should add, send a message my way and I’ll be glad to check it out!

Cal Jones Documentary Update

The Calvin Jones documentary, The Crash of Flight 810, will air on Canada’s TSN station on November 2 at 8 PM eastern time.  Still no word on whether or not it will be readily available for viewing here in the States.  I’m hopeful that one way or another, it will make its way down here.

Looking at the synopsis, it appears that Edwin Harrison will journey in the film to Calgary, Texas, Ohio, and the crash site.  Seems odd that he wouldn’t visit Iowa, where Jones achieved his greatest fame, but that’s just me.  Maybe it didn’t fit in with the story, but I do hope the film makes adequate mention of Cal’s incredible impact on college football.  If it follows in the footsteps of ESPN’s 30 for 30, I’m sure it will be quality viewing, regardless.

Hawkeye Optimism

Still basking in the glow of the nice win over Michigan State last weekend, but now it’s time to turn our sights on Penn State.  A win would put Iowa back in great position for a nice bowl game, which would be fantastic for a young, rebuilding Hawkeye squad.  I also want to expound more on Ferentz winning 100 games as a head coach at Iowa.  That’s a huge achievement that needs to be put into context…I’ll get to that in the near future.

Also, optimism for basketball is at its highest level in years!  I’m thrilled that the excitement has returned to Hawkeye hoops.  Unfortunately, living in DC, I can’t make it back for many Iowa basketball games.  But it is shaping up to be a very competitive Big Ten season this year.

Duke Slater

Finally, reviews are starting to coming in for my latest book on Duke Slater, and it’s looking good!  Duke Slater was mentioned recently in the October edition of Reference and Research Book News.  I’m just telling you this in case you’re not a regular reader of that magazine, which I’d find hard to believe.  R&RBN makes for great casual reading…or so I’m told.  Anyway, there’s more on the horizon.  I’ll be sharing that with you in the coming weeks as well.

That’s all the random hash for now.  Hopefully somewhere out there, Gus Schrader would be proud.  🙂  Thanks for reading, and go Hawks!

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