Friday, October 22, 2010

Badgers? ...We Don't Need No Stinking Badgers!

As previously indicated, we are branching out from out usual focus to include other areas of sport. It just didn't seem fair to arbitrarily limit ourselves to just disc golf when we all have additional interests. We are all Vikings fans; we have at least one Hawkeye fan (me); and we are all now in the same fantasy football league, the Annexation of Puerto Rico. Today, we discuss my beloved Hawkeyes.

As I type this, we are less than half an hour from kickoff. This week, #15 Iowa will be facing #13 Wisconsin. For those in unawares, these two teams do not like each other. We even have the Heartland Trophy to provide legitimacy to our hatred. We have a common boarder. We recruit many of the same players. And we have been playing each other for many years, and fairly closely I might add. The record currently stands at 42-41-2 (advantage Iowa). This game is always a battle of wills, two teams that play the same brand of smash-mouth football.

This year brings added significance. Not only does there exist the typical enmity, but this is also a battle for a share of the top spot in the Big Ten. Wisconsin coming off a huge victory against Ohio State wants to continue its success, and Iowa is looking to make use of its home-field advantages this year. This will also be the last time these two teams play each other for awhile. The new Big Ten alignment somehow has Iowa and Wisconsin in different divisions. And without a protected crossover rivalry, the Heartland Trophy will remain with the victor for at least a couple years. A nominal loss, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I love to see the Hawkeyes beat up on Wisconsin. But let's be honest, we don't need no stinking Badgers...

Diggs Out...

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