Archive for 'Hayden Fry'

Below is the full review that Mike Hlas gave on July 22, 2011, about What It Means to Be a Hawkeye: A new book about Iowa Hawkeyes football has some good perspectives from former players. Normally, I roll my eyes when I get sent a copy of a book about University of Iowa football. I know how the games turned out. I’ve heard (and covered) the stories. So I seldom read the books. But I’ll step out of character and recommend one called What It Means to Be a Hawkeye: Kirk Ferentz and Iowa’s Greatest Players. The reason I think…

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George Wine

When Hawkeye Greats By the Numbers came out in 2010, I was excited but nervous.  I had put a lot of time and energy into the book, and I really felt it was solid.  Still, it was my first book, and I just didn’t know how it would be received by Hawkeye fans.  More than anything, George Wine put my mind at ease. George Wine If that name George Wine sounds familiar to you, it might be because Wine made national news as a Harris Poll voter in 2011.  Wine drew the ire of the anti-BCS crowd when he voted…

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An Ode to Wikipedia

I’ve been a fan of the Hawkeyes since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, as my grandfather would say, so my love of Hawkeye sports history shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.  Here’s one thing about me: I love the history and tradition of sports.  I always bristle when someone asks, for example, “Who’s the best Hawkeye quarterback ever?” and people only respond with players from the past thirty years.  Now like all good Hawkeyes, I have nothing but love for Hayden Fry, but he didn’t invent Hawkeye football (although I can appreciate why it might seem that way to many fans who…

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