The Iowa Hawkeyes have had a bad week. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos got booted from the team after a drug arrest. Then, as if having your career receptions leader kicked of the team isn’t enough, running backs Jewel Hampton and Brandon Wegher both asked to transfer. And starting tailback Adam Robinson was suspended for the upcoming Insight Bowl vs. Missouri for “failing to comply with team expectations and policies.” The news for the Hawks was getting so bad that Vegas actually pulled the game from it’s boards. But for now at least the bleeding appears to have stopped. Rumors were running rampant across the internet and in the local watering holes…my own Ruby’s Pub even held some heated discussions about who was next and how many players would actually be suspended.
But for now they Hawks can get down to business and get ready to face Missouri.
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Thanksgiving is knocking at our doors, and the rules say we’re supposed to be thankful right? Being stuck here in central Iowa has me a little sportily-challenged at the moment so I apologize if I’m not thankful for the less-than-stellar performance from the favorite local university.
The Iowa Hawkeyes football team was ranked #9 in the preseason with a sleeper’s chance at a national title. Fast forward to week 3 and a trip to Arizona. Keep in mind the Hawks hadn’t won in the Pacific time zone since 1987. You can imagine the result, a loss to the Wildcats on a huge TD drive in the 4th quarter. Hey, one loss won’t kill the season. The Rose Bowl is still an option.
This video’s making its way around the blogosphere at an exponential rate, and with understandable reason. What we have is Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Josh Koeppel enjoying an afternoon spin on his small Yamaha motorcycle. I’m sure things were going well for him: Nice weather, breeze in his face, and then — *BAM* — and he enters a popular Iowa City intersection and some dumbass in a truck isn’t paying attention.
Next thing you know, he’s doing backwards somersaults off the bike while what looks like his shoe gets about 30 feet’s worth of elevation. Ah, the joys of coming to a complete, abrupt, unexpected stop when riding a motorcycle.
Fortunately for Koeppel, his injuries weren’t life-threatening — which is a surprise considering the violence of the collision. Police representatives stated Koeppel “appears he’s going to be fine,” which is fairly amazing when you watch the video.