in which football is exciting

If we’re burned out from two straight football weekends, and we are, I can imagine you’re all similarly tired of reading game recaps. And this entry won’t even have a neighbor feud because, unsurprisingly, we won the lawn war. But do bear with me for another Hawkeye entry (the last until Halloween, promise!), because a couple incredible things happened on Saturday: one, football got exciting. Two, it snowed (pictured below; enlarge for full flake effect).


It was there when we woke up, and gone three hours later but even snow didn’t stop the neighborhood from full-tailgate revelry. It was the only nightgame of the season, with a seven o’clock PM start — but of course, we were  embarrassingly late by starting at three, rather than ten. The afternoon was cold and oh so bright, but with cocoa and grill-hot brats in hand we didn’t mind too much.

on the deck

sunny roofgrill preparation

By the time we headed over to Kinnick at six — an hour early, and good thing too! — I’d accumulated five layers of clothing: short-sleeved shirt, long-sleeved shirt, sweatshirt, vest, winter coat, PLUS hat, hood, scarf, and gloves. Thankfully, it didn’t snow any more during the game (or for the rest of the weekend), but standing in thirty-degree weather for three and a half hours is still quite hardy. I’ll just need to add some wool socks to my arsenal next time.

kinnick at twilight

Now I’m not sure what it was — maybe the energizing cold or the late hour. Maybe because the entire day was a study in waiting and patience, leading up to this one event. Maybe because we were (and remain!) undefeated and had to defend against Michigan, a Real Team. Maybe the fact of homecoming weekend was enough. But football was really. . .

stadium at 7

really …

stadium at 9

really . . .

gold pom-pom cheers

EXCITING. And not just in the “interesting experience” way, or the “join the locals” way — it was a thrilling game! Everyone was so into it, screaming and waving their golden pom-poms  at every play, from masterful touchdown to your normal  ball-catching. (What other team knows how to catch a ball? Who does it this well? No one! Time to scream!) We led for most of the game but endured a heart-clenching final two minutes. A scant two point lead and Michigan’s offense bearing down on our side. A minute and a half to go, the quarterback tried to lead Michigan downfield, but over-chucked the ball — and it sailed right into a Hawkeye’s hands. Our possession! We won!

rushing the field

And everyone stormed the field. We’re now ranked #12, and the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten. The first half of the day may have been sluggish, but what a game! For those keeping track at home, that’s three more to go. Fingers crossed for wins!


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Theresa on October 14, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Natalie, Loved your vest (ha ha) and all the black and gold. Can you get any more layers than what you had! I enjoy every posting. Love you, Theresa


    • Posted by iowasthinking on October 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      The vest is great — kept me warm in the afternoon, just needing some reinforcements at the game.
      PS, we’re making your salmon recipe tonight!


  2. Posted by Martha on October 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    You guys look so cute on your front porch–real Iowa fans! And look at all the people on the street! What an experience! Love you! Mom

    PS It’s been a long time since I watched a football game, but I watched this one, and it was really exciting, even on TV!


  3. Posted by charlie fitness on November 15, 2009 at 12:10 am

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL REIGNS !!!!!!!!……11/14….sorry about overtime loss to Ohio State……….but, my Alma Mater, Penn State, beat Indiana + Michigan lost to Wisconsin !!!!!……………………………………………….thoughts from the Northern Rockies……………………….Charlie (Penn State Football Manager, 1980 – 83…….McLean, VA to Lander, WY in 2008)…….Forever in Fitness !!!!!!!!


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