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Iowa vs. Northern Iowa - Game Recap

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- No. 22 Iowa can unofficially declare itself state champion after bulldozing Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

In likely the last matchup between the Hawkeyes and the Panthers for the foreseeable future, Iowa showed how good it can be when it plays to its full potential.

Tyler Cook had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Luka Garza scored 17 and Iowa cruised past Northern Iowa 77-54 on Saturday for its second straight win.

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Tryout Hopeful Inks Barnstormers Contract

DB Robert Lewis signs with the Barnstormers

Image001(1)DES MOINES – Head Coach Dixie Wooten announced today that the Iowa Barnstormers have signed defensive back Robert Lewis to a contract.

On Saturday, November 17 in Des Moines, Iowa, the Iowa Barnstormers held their annual Open Tryout. Over 30 athletes from across the country competed for a chance at making the 2019 Iowa Barnstormers roster. One of those hopefuls was Robert Lewis, a former Grand View Viking who impressed Coach Wooten and earned an invitation to training camp.

Lewis (6-0, 180, Grand View University) joins the Iowa Barnstormers for his rookie season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Lewis spent three years at Grand View University in Des Moines where he earned honors as a two time All-Conference Defensive Player and as two-time All American Heart of America Defensive Player of the Year.

With several talented athletes in attendance at the open tryout, Robert Lewis’s focus is what grabbed Coach Wooten’s attention.

“Robert came in to the open tryout with the confidence that he belongs from the start,” said Coach Wooten. “I could tell he was focused on earning an invite to camp from the beginning. He handled himself like a professional and came to work.”

Coach Wooten has a history of signing talent from the team’s open tryouts and holds high expectations when it comes to how they perform at training camp.

“I look forward to seeing Robert bring the same confidence and hard work that I saw at the tryout into training camp,” said Coach Wooten. “I know he will compete because he wants to show the coaching staff he belongs. At the tryout he proved that he can take being coached and adjust and that is a big advantage going into camp.”

The Iowa Barnstormers home opener is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Wells Fargo Arena against the Green Bay Blizzard. Season Tickets are on sale for the 2019 season starting as low as $80 per seat. Don’t miss a minute of the action this season! For more information, call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log on to www.theiowabarnstormers.com.


Iowa AD Gary Barta punishes Learfield Sports announcer Gary Dolphin for telling the truth

By Mike Thayer

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta is being an asshole on this issue.

That's fucked up, I don't care to be polite about this, that's precisely the phrase to use, Gary Barta's intervention and decision in this matter is just that, fucked up.

DolphinHe suspended Dolphin for two games for telling the truth.  Barta's action is complete bullshit.

Make no mistake, the decision to suspend announcer Dolphin for two games comes from Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta, not Learfield Sports, Dolphin's employer.  If that's not an abuse of power, I don't know what is.

BACKGROUND:  Gary Dolphin is the Voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes, he does the play-by-play for Hawkeye football and basketball games.  He works for Learfield Sports, a private enterprise.  Learfield has exclusive rights to Hawkeye Sports.  Hmmmm.....  So Dolphin made an off-air comment during the Iowa - Pittsburgh basketball game on Tuesday night, 11/27/2018, disparaging Iowa basketball recruiting efforts and to be specific, the efforts of a particular player who dribbles the ball with his head down.  Dolphin thought he was off mic when voicing his observation.  Unfortunately, he was not off mic.  But all Dolphin did was TELL THE TRUTH!  And gee, isn't that what commentators are supposed to do?  What Dolphin did was put into words what most EVERYBODY in the Iowa Hawkeye Nation audience had already seen for themselves and were ALREADY thinking!  He thought the mic was off, it was a commercial break, but the mic remained live during the break and he gets punished for exercising free speech to his on-air partner, Bobby Hansen, who SHARED the same views?   To repeat:  Gary Dolphin was just voicing what everybody in his audience was already thinking!  It's the guy that didn't turn the mic off that should be suspended! 

Barta = Dumbass.

So as a result, Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta weighs in without really thinking things through.  He works it so that Learfield Sports punishes/suspends Dolphin for two games.  Barta reacts via political correctness pressure....  Think about that and how absurd that really is.

To repeat, if that's not an abuse of power, I don't know what is.  A U of I official, a state employee, punishing a private enterprise on-air personality.

Fuck you Gary Barta, there's just no other way to characterize this.  YOU ARE WRONG!

You are punishing a sports announcer for telling the truth.

With that political correctness in mind, Gary Dolphin apologized for his comments when he came back on air. 

And you can appreciate the guy's passion, he WANTS Iowa to perform well:  “Bobby and I were upset when we went into a commercial break,” Dolphin said to reporters after the game. “We were talking about guard play at that point. They (Pitt) certainly had the better of us.

“It’s frustration. I’ve got an Irish temper that gets away from me once in a while. We were in commercial break, and somehow it was live on — I don’t know what app is out there. So, we’ll play it out. We apologized on the air in the postgame show. We all want them to win so bad that sometimes we get frustrated when we’re not playing well in certain stretches. So that’s what happened.

“I’d say it’s a lesson learned, and it is. ... We apologized for it and we’ll move on and deal with it. I don’t know what else to tell you beyond that. We apologized and I understand if Coach (Fran McCaffery) is upset. We’ll smooth it over and move on.”

Why is that not enough said and just move forward from it then?  I could go on and on about how what Gary Dolphin said, that all he did was tell the truth.  And to repeat, the mic was SUPPOSED to be off.  Why aren't we talking about THAT guy, the audio guy?  And I could go on and on about how what Gary Barta is doing is PUNISHING Dolphin FOR TELLING THE TRUTH!

Punishing Dolphin for telling the truth is messed up.  Period.

And so Barta thinks suspending a guy two games for telling it like it is, is the better move, rather than support the VOICE OF THE HAWKEYES for TELLING THE TRUTH?

Ladies and gentlemen, that's just twisted.  Period.  Barta has it all wrong. 

That's what I'd be doing if I were Barta, SUPPORTING free speech, rather than playing a pathetic political correctness game with it.

Why is telling the truth so offensive these days?  A commentator can't even be a commentator now?

#bartaiswrong

#bartaisadumbass

#bartahatesthetruth

#bartadoesn'tsupportiowafaithful


Pittsburgh vs. Iowa - Game Recap

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The first five games were a relative breeze for the 14th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, who unexpectedly jumped into the Top 25 after an impressive trip to New York.

Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double, Nicholas Baer scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Hawkeyes held off Pittsburgh 69-68 on Tuesday night for their third win over a power program this month.

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Barnstormers Announce 2019 Schedule

Barnstormers Kick-Off Season in Quad City on March 3

DES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers and the Indoor Football League (IFL) are pleased to announce their 2019 season schedule. The Barnstormers will open the season with a bye week before hitting the road to take on the Quad City Steamwheelers Sunday, March 3, 2019. The team will return to Des Moines for their home opener against the Green Bay Blizzard on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

The 2019 IFL season marks the league’s 11th season of play and will feature a 14 regular-season game schedule. The league is also welcoming four new member teams this season with the addition of the Bismarck Bucks, Quad City Steamwheelers, San Diego Strike Force, and the Tucson Sugar Skulls. 

The Barnstormers 2019 home schedule will consist of seven total home games and will kick-off with a matchup versus the Green Bay Blizzard on Saturday, March 9. The home schedule also hosts the Cedar Rapids River Kings (April 6 and May 4), Quad City Steamwheelers (May 11), Bismarck Bucks (May 24), Sioux Falls Storm (June 8), and Nebraska Danger (June 15).

The 2019 season brings new challenges for the Barnstormers as they fight to defend the title of United Bowl Champions. The team’s schedule will feature new opponents and old rivalries. The Barnstormers will be traveling a total of seven times in 2019, kicking off the season on the road against the newly joined Quad City Steamwheelers on Sunday, March 9. The Barnstormers and Steamwheelers have history and look forward to reigniting an old rivalry. The season also includes travel to the Nebraska Danger (March 23), Cedar Rapids River Kings (March 30), Bismarck Bucks (April 14), Sioux Falls Storm (April 20), Tucson Sugar Skulls (April 27), and Green Bay Blizzard (May 19).

Once again this season, all Iowa Barnstormers home games will be played at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. A complete 2019 schedule is attached.  

The Iowa Barnstormers 2019 promotional schedule will be released soon.

Season Tickets are on sale for the Iowa Barnstormers 2019 season starting as low as $80 per seat. Don’t miss a minute of the action this season! For more information, call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log on to www.theiowabarnstormers.com.