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We have gone back to our roots.  We now reside in Parking Ramp 4.  We are on the south side, Level 4 Bay B, by the stairs, over looking Melrose Avenue.  

I retired the brown Zephyr, and I now have an official Hawkeye Escape.  This is the vehicle to look for.  Here some pictures of the Hawkeye Escape.  You can also look for our flags.  One way or another we should be pretty easy to find.  If you have any questions, just call me on my cell phone: 319-430-RAVE (7283).  As usual, I will have my phone on starting at 5AM on game day.

​Tuesday October 16, 2018 
The Last Game:   Outback Bowl  Iowa: 27  Mississippi State: 22    
Grade:  Offense- B-   Defense- A-  Brian Ferentz Game Plan:  1st Qrt- shit | 2nd Qtr- A-| 3rd Qtr- shit | 4th Qtr- A-
What a fucking game.  The 1st quarter was a bitch.  The 2nd quarter was unbelievable.  The 3rd quarter sucked.  The 4th quarter brought the trophy home. 

The Tailgate:
11am kick off time for the Outback bowl.  Mark and Lisa were gracious enough to have a bowl party at his new house.

The Next Game:
The spring game should be right around April 20th.  

Side Bar: 
That bowl game was a lot of fun to watch.  Both highs and lows.  Before the game started I did not think we would win the game.  I thought that we had the talent to win the game and we had the coaches to win the game.  But because of how the season went, I did not think they could put it together.  Granted, there were some unbelievable lucky plays (the interception in the end zone comes to mind).  But when Brian decided in the second quarter and to the end of the game to not try to run between the tackles and call plays for the outside, everything changed.  Ya, that was a shit 3rd quarter, but the 4th quarter made up for it.  With 4 of our best players leaving early to go to the NFL, and how god damn tough the 2019 schedule is, next year is going to be very interesting.  With games at Iowa state, at Michigan, home Penn state, home Purdue, at Northwestern, at Wisconsin, and at Nebraska, if we go 8-4, that will be an accomplishment.  There will not be any talk of the "Journey to 10-2" or even the "Journey to 9-3"  It will be all about 8-4.  Anything better will just be icing on the cake.

Side Bar II:

We are Tailgating in the same location as last year.
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Parking Ramp 4, Level 4, Bay B, South Side, 576 Melrose Avenue, Latitude: 41.657054, Longitude: -91.547087
The Hawkeye Escape
The Flags
How to Get There:
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If You are Driving:
S.Hospital Drive Entrance to Ramp 4
S.Grand Avenue Entrance to Ramp 4
If You are Walking:
Melrose Avenue stairs to the spot
There are elevators in the ramp that go to the 4th level
The Bottom 10
​Tuesday October 16, 2018 
The 2 weeks ago Game:   Iowa: 42  Indiana: 16    
Grade:  Offense- A-   Defense- B+      Brian Ferentz Game Plan:  1st half- A-   2nd half- A+ 
Here is another game where there is not much to bitch about.  Stanley has 6 TD passes.  The run game was going very well.  The defense did a great job.  Brian tries to go for a touchdown with 4 minutes to play in the game.  It doesn't get much better than that.  The play I liked the most was when Smith-Marsette took a kick off, almost ran in the endzone. almost got tackled at the 5, but ends up going 60 yards and setting up the next touchdown. That is the only time in the game where I cussed at the beginning of the play and cheered at the end of the play.  I am very anxious for the next game and I sure as hell don't want my heart broke.

The Tailgate:
Me, John and Matt made the trip.  We drove through snow, rain and sleet to Terra Haute.  Also making the trip was Doc, his son Johnny, Sunshine, Matt and 'Dave not the Rave'.  My cousin Mark and his lovely wife Bobbie put the three of us up.  Friday night Mark server up steaks to the 8 of us.  Needless to say, a few drinks were drunk that night.  Saturday started bright and early and we were in Bloomington by 8am.  Doc saved us a parking place right next to him in what we called the grassy knoll.  Mark and Bobbie served up breakfast.   Tradition was served multiple times.  At the game, it is hard to believe there were 25,000 people there.  What most of these Indiana fans do is tailgate and stay at the tailgate during the game. The stadium had $7 refillable soft drinks.  Did that come in handy.  The game was an absolute pleasure to be at.  After the game, chili was served.   Of course there was a victory shot.  To our surprise, Mark's friend Mike came by and joined us.  He talked us into going down town to check out "Nick's - Home of the Sink the Bismarck".  We were able to make it back to Terre Haute in time to see Michigan beat Wisconsin.  All in all, it was a day to remember. 

The Next Game:
Maryland, Homecoming, 11am game.  I can't hardly remember the last 11am home game we have had.  Maryland is very mediocre.  This should be as much fun as the Indiana game.   But you never know.  It is hard for a team to be up for every game.  We should be able to play shitty and still win this game.  The weather bastard says 50 degrees, but won't be until the end of the game.  We will be doing soup after the game ends.  Bring munchies for before.  I also will be serving the Drink of the Game around 10am (pretty early, huh).  I am ready to have as much fun as we had at the Indiana game (it was at 11am also).  So the boys had better be ready to play.      

Side Bar: 
"The Journey to 9-3" lives.  It is getting to the point of maybe being "The Journey to 10-2".  But I am getting ahead of myself.  This is two games in a row where the offensive was really kicking.  Granted, both Minnesota and Indiana are shitty, but, you still have to put points up and the team has really been doing that.  Stanley has been sharp (minus the 3 interceptions), the receivers are catching the ball, the tight ends are doing their jobs, and the running game is there when the opportunity presents itself.  What I really like is the aggressiveness Brian is doing with the offense.  Trying to get a touchdown going at the end of the Indiana game and being 26 up.  That is the shit.   This whole season the defense has been doing their job.    Even though I am a bit worried about the secondary when we start playing decent teams.  Before the season started I though there was no way we would be able to beat Wisconsin and Penn State.  We should have beat Wisonsin and Penn State is going to have their hands full when we go to Happy Valley.  This has all the makings of a special year.  I am pretty fired up. 

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