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I know this may be a more appropriate topic for the "off-topic" board, but given the lull in the action right now, I thought I would start a thread that would allow us to gain some insight into each other rather than just staring at an icon.
I thought that sharing our backround in sports, whether playing or coaching would be interesting, as well as our favorite teams outside of the Hawkeyes, and teams we despise, if any, and why.
I'm in my late 40's and was raised in a family situation where team sports weren't encouraged at all, so was a late bloomer. I did very well in the backyard kind of stuff, then eventually played football and ran track for two seasons. At the time, in my teens, I was dealing with a lot of family issues and was fairly rebellious and undisciplined. As a result, even though I was the fastest player on the team, I couldn't settle in to a position. Much to the chagrin of my coaches (the ass-chewings were a regular ritual), my penchant for blowing off practice and lack of dedication to the playbook eventually relegated me to kickoff and punt returns.
The light eventually came on, and I essentially talked my way into college. I ran track for one season, but had to give it up due to conflicts with lab courses combined with chronic shin splints and stress fractures, and played four years of intramurals in both football and basketball. After college, I played 3-4 years of league basketball before starting med school.
Coaching-wise, I assisted in basketball for two seasons but that's about it.
I'm a HUGE Packers fan, and also follow the Cardinals in baseball when I have time. Back in the 80's (which was a great time to be an NBA fan, BTW), I was a big-time Lakers fan (long story how that came about) but have since faded in terms of following the NBA. I enjoy watching hockey, but never really caught the bug. I'm also not a race fan, but love to drive race cars, which is becoming a hobby (those rebellious days of driving like a complete lunatic are paying off. . . )
The only team I can say I truly despise is the Cowboys. The arrogance of that entire organization and "media darling" attention has resulted in significant joy when they the players or coaches stumble, on or off the field. Michael Irvin getting caught in a hotel room with cocaine and a bunch of hookers put a smile on my face for a good two days.
Here's redhawk55's bio:
yes I got started with Pop Warner, but that was not some sandlot flag FB, these kid played full contact FB and played in competition to play in the PW Super Bowl that was held in Orlando FL. every year,
the HC i worked with helped in getting my state certification in TX, to coach at the hs level, and at that time TX FB was light years above Iowa fb the HS stadiums are bigger than most of the stadiums in this state and the bigger schools stadiums were on par with most of the small colleges in Iowa some were bigger than UNI.
as for weight training facilities alot were better than most of the smaller colleges. not to mention the HS Coaching salaries, were 75,000 and up and that's all they did was coach FB, they were not teachers like most are in Iowa.
my BD allowed me to coach at any level including college.
when I returned to Iowa, I was certified to coach in this state, i have coached many in HS part time in FB, the jobs that I held paid more than any fulltime teaching job could.
I coached in the ealy years DB's and LB's, toward the end I was a DC, at that time I advised and put together film clip on the tapes they sent out to colleges they were interested in, I also worked with the parents on what to look for in a college and what questions to ask. as well as the kids
to keep my certification I had to attend a certain amout of hours of coaching seminars and clinics, I attended these that were put on by HF, Earle Bruce while he was the coach of ISU, I did not limit my self to just Football related activities as I attended camps held by Lute Olsen, Dan Gable, Dr. Tom and Johnny Orr,
at the seminars and camps I met other coaches that were more thanwilling to share coaching techniques as well as new rules and the latest on how to deal with on the field injuries as coaches are the 1st to arrive at a injury.
in this reguard I was a level 3 EMT i level below a Para medic, I also hold a AD in Police science and a AA degree in Law, I worked with kids my entire life in different sports, from Little league BB to Basketball on the AAU, level to FB.
my last job dealt with robotics, I did not want to be a HC as I was satisfied with being a assistant coach, either as a position coach or DC,
for all you so called experts toward the end of the 90's the IHSAA change the rules about needing a BD to coach now all you need is go to some JUCO or Community college to get certified to coach,
who knowes with your superior knowledge of coaching why not give it a whirl.
after all the hours of coaching and attending coaching clinics and seminar I am confident in my knowledge of how recruiting and evaluating talent not to mention in how recruiting works
yes I got started with Pop Warner, but that was not some sandlot flag FB, these kid played full contact FB and played in competition to pla
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Well Diehard I will roll with ya buddy, don't want you flying solo. I am in my 30's played football, I am a huge Hawkeye fan, Vikings fan(sadly but too old to switch teams) and I don't really watch baseball but I do root for the Twins. I also am a HUGE Iowa wrestling fan as well. Never coached and do not care for the NBA. Um ya that's about all.
Thanks for sharing! This should be a fun thread for a lot of people to participate in and get to know each other better.
Grew up an Iowa fan. I can remember shooting hoops indoors with a nerf ball and those suction cup hoops, pretending I was BJ Armstrong back in the day.
Big Dallas Cowboy fan as probably most of you know by now, since all the haters like to call me out on that. But it's all fun and frankly I'm flattered by all the attention Tony Romo gets on the off topic board.
Also a big Bulls fan growing up watching Jordan, stuck with them and love watching the Bulls this year. They have been fun to watch all year and show great heart and team chemistry.
Braves fan too, got a bunch of family in Atlanta but I really don't watch much baseball. I keep my eye on it but don't watch a lot of games.
I have spent a lot of time going to Iowa football games with my family like probably most here. And I have loved every minute of it.
The details of my life are quite inconsequential ... Very well, where do I begin?
My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a 15-year-old French prostitute named Chloé with webbed feet. My father would womanize; he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament ... My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon ... luge lessons ... In the spring, we'd make meat helmets ... When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds — pretty standard, really. At the age of 12, I received my first scribe. At the age of 14, a Zoroastrian named Vilmer ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum — it's breathtaking ... I suggest you try it.
Nice to meet you Dr.Evil
This is good
If I have time, I will be back later to try to compete with this
My name's Twib, I'm 26 and live in the "Twin Cities" metro. I grew up in Iowa from ages 10-18 and was 3 sport athlete at a small eastern Iowa school. Baseball was always my fav sport and what I put all my time into growing up. I was always a good player, but physically I was a fairly late bloomer so I didn't take my game to the next level until my junior year of baseball. I was hoping to get looks from UNI and Iowa but I ended up breaking my femur returning a kickoff the 2nd game of my senior year of football and never fully regained my strength and flexibility. I went on to play DII baseball for Augustana College in Sioux Falls and moved to MN upon graduation and a job offer. Met my wife here and that's that.
As for my love of Iowa, growing up in Eastern Iowa, it is kind of a given. I would have loved to go to Iowa if I didn't play college sports but either way I will be a life long fan. Living in MN, I now root for the Vikings, Timberwolves, and Twins. I can't ever be called a bandwagon fan because 2010-2011 (I think) was probably the worst period in the history of any cities professional sports.
I also love cooking and micro beers.
Well, except for the bogus teams you like, we have LOTS in common.
Loved every minute of cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes, too.
For some reason, there are some in my family & friends, who think my adoration of the
Hawkeyes is a bit 'over the top'. (Guess they aren't really very sharp, after all)
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Bogus teams? Come on now.
Eckster here. I grew up in and around Cedar Falls,Iowa,graduated with my bride of 40+ yrs. from UNI after a stint in the military with a 13 month tour of Veit Nam. I have probably been a Hawkeye fan longer than most on this board have been alive with many of my earliest memories being the road hunting rips with my dad and grandpa while listening to Tate Cummings or Bob Brooks do the Hawk games on the radio. It was in-grained in me at an early age that you did NOT do anything that meant you would miss an Iowa game. Still live in CF, root hard for the Atlanta Braves and the Steelers ( I guess it is the uniform colors as I have no other connection to Pittsburg!),enjoy fishing,hunting,golf and absolutely love watching the activities of my 5 grandkids. Retired for 13 yrs. and life is GREAT! GO HAWKS!!
I'm with you on the wrestling, Brad. Due to lack of time, I don't follow it as closely as FB anymore, but try to keep an eye on the action.
The Vikings? What's with the repeated pilfering of my Packers? Sheesh!
Jokes aside, Greg Jennings will be huge for them and has a lot left in the tank. The Packers simply had other needs for the salary cap money.
And your bio is where????
Shy are we?
No, not shy. It's come up on the main board and the OT board several times over the last two years.
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