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Am I dreaming, or is Iowa really in the national championship picture?

October 19, 2009 - Troy Banning

Yeah, I know. I’m a homer, another ridiculous Hawkeye fan thinking of nothing but pie in the sky scenarios for his beloved 7-0 football team even though there are still five games left on the schedule. And any of those five games could rip my heart right from my chest and toss it against the wall.

            So what do I say to all of the naysayers (and I know there are many) who are rolling their eyes and sighing loudly right now because of the title of this blog? It’s simple and only three words.

            I don’t care.

            Former coach Hayden Fry was wearing a pair of awful white leisure pants pulled up to his armpits the last time Iowa began the year with seven straight victories (the year was 1985), so to say that Hawkeye fans have been waiting a long time for this would be an understatement. And I don’t think I need to remind any of you longtime fans about what happened in the eighth game that year (to this day I still get the shakes whenever someone mentions the name Keith Byars because of what he and his Ohio State teammates did to Iowa in the rain that day).

            I’ve been patient. And just like Halley’s Comet, the chance to witness something this magical may not come around again for another 76 years, so why not enjoy it while it’s happening?

            Is Iowa going to finish the regular season a perfect 12-0? Um, no, probably not. Kirk Ferentz has never won at Michigan State and, OH LOOK, at what team is on the schedule next week. Then there’s that little trip to the ‘Shoe in November. And if the Hawkeyes overlook anyone else on the schedule, then they’re likely to get bitten right on the butt.

            But what’s it hurt to dream the ultimate dream? I’m not buying into the whole Karma thing, so if I want to picture Adrian Clayborn passing that tacky crystal football to Christian Ballard on January 7th, then what’s it going to hurt?

            So to my fellow Hawkeye fans out there, I say this: Go ahead and drink the Kool-Aid. Get online and check out what kind of bank you’d need to take in the Rose Bowl. Look into hotel room rates in Los Angeles. Do it all!

            Because you never know when the clock is going to strike midnight and we’ll all be back to thinking about the Alamo Bowl.


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