July 5, 2010

TMI: the Iowa edition

Week four of Penn State’s football schedule brings on an arch nemesis in the form of the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes have owned Penn State lately and with a road trip for an 8 o’clock primetime clash that trend will be difficult to break. But The Nittany Lions have to start somewhere and it all starts with knowing your enemy because knowing is half the battle and knowing starts with Too Much Information: the Iowa edition.

Knowing: half the battle the other half is lasers

About the University
The legally licensed name of the University of Iowa is the State University of Iowa as compared to Iowa State whose name is the Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The State University of Iowa was founded February 25, 1847 as Iowa's first public institution of higher learning, only 59 days after Iowa became a state. Yes my head hurts too.

In September of 1855 the first students enrolled at Iowa.
Fun Fact: of the first class of 124 students, forty-one were women. Iowa became the first public university in the United States to admit men and women on an equal basis. Other firsts achieved by the University of Iowa:
-Iowa established the first law school west of the Mississippi River.
-Iowa was the first to use television in education in 1932.
-They were the world's first university to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and art on an equal basis with academic research.
-The university was the first state-university to officially recognize the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union way back in 1970. [insert lowbrow joke here]

The university’s sports teams are named the Hawkeyes. The term "Hawkeye" originally appeared in the book The Last of the Mohicans and was later used in its plural form to describe the people of Iowa. The University of Iowa adopted this as the nickname for its athletic teams. The university mascot is Herky the Hawk. Herky was first drawn as a cartoon in 1948, and was first portrayed at a football game in 1959. Herky comes in two forms, Herky the football mascot…

And Herky the other sports mascot…

No helmet Herky enjoys assaulting small children

Football Sports related data
Last Season: 11 - 2
Football was officially recognized as a varsity sport on November 16, 1889, when the Hawkeyes played against and lost to Grinnell. Yeah, I don’t know who Grinnell is either. The Hawkeyes have won 11 Big Ten championships and have played in 24 post-season bowl games and have a 13–10–1 record in those bowls. The Hawkeyes' lone claim to a national championship came after winning the Rose Bowl following the 1958 season. The all-time series with Penn State is tied at 11-11 but Iowa has won 7 of the last 8 meetings between the two schools.

While football is the money maker, Wrestling is king at Iowa and I would be remiss not to mention it. The Iowa wrestling team didn’t win a national championship until 1975 but after 1976 legendary wrestling coach Dan Gable took over and started Iowa’s golden years. Under Gable from 1978 to 1986, the Hawkeyes won 9 consecutive national championships. When Gable retired in 1997 he had won 15 national titles and 21 consecutive Big Ten championships. Recently under batshit crazy wrestling coach Tom Brands, the Iowa wrestling team has won three consecutive national titles.

The Brands brothers: Iowa fans call them “intense” everyone else calls them fucking nuts

Famous Alumni
There are 36 current NFL players from Iowa and 3 NBA players.
Actor Tom Arnold is a Hawkeye as is MILF hunter Ashton Kutcher. Brandon Routh of Superman Returns fame (and the surprisingly funny Zack and Miri Make a Porno) called Iowa home. For my buck though, one of the funniest actors to grace the screen graduated from Iowa; Gene Wilder.

Steady as a rock... yeah, but I shoot with this hand

Tom Brokaw of NBC nightly news fame was a Hawkeye, and I’ll bet you dollars to donuts you just read that with Brokaw’s voice in your head, didn’t you?
George Gallup founder of the Gallup Public Opinion Poll went to Iowa (and all along I thought that is was gallop the verb not Gallup the name). Pulitzer Prize winning writer Tennesee Williams was a Hawkeye and finally David Morrell went to Iowa. Who is Morrell? Without Morrell we would not have John Rambo and I don’t want to live in a world without John Rambo. Thank you former English professor and kickass author David Morrell!

Cool guys never look at explosions or need fishing poles to catch fish

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  1. g'morning: new to your blog; nice write-up; enjoyed learning all sorts of stuff i didn't know about the State University of Iowa... but I admit coming to the end and saying to myself: "Self, where's the football stuff?"

    LOL... Happy "official day celebrating the Fourth of July.


  2. We figured that this series would be more about the schools themselves, rather than the football part of it all. There will be plenty of football stuff to cover during the season. So here we're just having a little fun. Thanks for reading; glad you enjoy LBU!

  3. What Mike said... we'll get to the football analysis when the season rolls around. I explained that in the first edition of TMI, but haven't repeated that since.