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No. 10 Penn State holds off No. 17 Iowa 17-12

Iowa HawkeyesIOWA CITY, Iowa -- On the road against one of the best defenses in America, 10th-ranked Penn State won the turnover battle and converted on third downs to survive yet another tough trip to Iowa.

Noah Cain ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 5:17 left and Penn State held off the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes 17-12 on Saturday night, its first win over a ranked opponent this season.

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Predicting NFL Game Outcomes by Mascot - Week 2 of "Mascot" predictions

By Mike Thayer

NFLFootball is my favorite sport. On Saturday's, Sunday's, Monday nights and Thursday nights, you most likely will find me in front of a TV watching games or at the very least paying close attention to game updates on a tablet or cell phone.

Week four of the 2019 NFL season is now in the history books and my Bears, yes, I'm a Bears fan, took care of the Vikings 16-6 on Sunday. 

With the accuracy of "professional" predictions of game outcomes this season being all over the place and not really playing out as hyped after three weeks of play, I said to myself, "What the heck, I'm throwing all football analysis, Vegas odds, so-called guru expertise, scheduling, home/away, injury lists, insider information and commentary, etc., for picking games out the window."

For the rest of the season I decided, I'm picking game winners by what mascot would logically kick the other mascot's butt.  Surely it can't be any worse than the guessing game that is NFL game prognostication.

I went 7-7 in my NFL week four games.   Not a winning record, but at 7-7, actually better than some of those so-called experts we watch on TV.

Here's the Week 5 Schedule and my predictions:

Thursday Night Game,10/03 - - Rams vs. Seahawks:  The herd scurries for cover from the dive bombing Seahawks.

Sunday Games, 10/06:

Jets vs. Eagles:  The Jets never get off the ground, Eagles fly to victory.

Jaguars vs. Panthers:  In a battle of big cats, Jaguars prove superior.

Vikings vs. Giants:  Viking numbers and their weapons are too much for the Giants.

Falcons vs. Texans:  I'll try this for the second week in a row, don't mess with Texas.

Buccaneers vs. Saints:  This is almost a good vs. evil matchup.....  I'm thinking swords and guns outmatch a team working with a quarterback prayer.

Bills vs. Titans:  The herd is squashed before they can stampede.

Cardinals vs. Bengals:  A lame bird vs. a tiger.   So far Cincinnati has been a paper tiger, but perhaps the claws will finally come out for this one.

Patriots vs. Redskins:  Muskets over arrows.

Ravens vs. Steelers:  The Steeler fire is not hot enough to prevent the Ravens from bringing out their inner Alfred Hitchcock.

Bears vs. Raiders (London):  I'm a Bears fan.  da Bears.

Broncos vs. Chargers:  A bucking horse is no match for lightning.

Packers vs. Cowboys:  Packers bring box cutters to a gun fight.

Colts vs. Chiefs:  Chiefs tame the young horses.

Monday Night Football, 10/07 - Browns vs. 49'ers:   Another gold rush is happening in California.

It's going to be another entertaining week of NFL football!   Let's see if I improve on my mascot prediction record of 7-7.  Remember, my record is better than how some of the analyst pros are forecasting outcomes, 'jus say'n. 

Enjoy the games my friends!


Bears lose Trubisky, shut down Cook in 16-6 win over Vikings

Chicago BearsCHICAGO -- Chase Daniel came through in relief after Mitchell Trubisky got knocked out of the game on the opening possession, and a banged-up defense dominated again for the Chicago Bears.

It all added up to a victory that ranked among coach Matt Nagy's favorites, even if it came with a price.

Daniel threw for 195 yards and a touchdown after Trubisky exited with a left shoulder injury, and Chicago swarmed NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook in a 16-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

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No. 14 Iowa throttles Middle Tennessee 48-3

Iowa HawkeyesIOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's defense has been among the nation's best all season.

The Hawkeyes' offense joined in on the fun at just the right time, racking up more yards than it ever has under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz.

Senior Nate Stanley threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, Toren Young added a career-high 131 yards rushing and 14th-ranked Iowa throttled Middle Tennessee 48-3 on Saturday, moving to 4-0 for the third time in 10 years.

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Hollenbeck Returns to Barnstormers

Iowa Barnstormers begin building 2020 roster                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Iowa BarnstormersDES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers have signed their first player of the 2020 season. Wide receiver Connor Hollenbeck will return to the Barnstormers roster, Head Coach Ameer Ismail announced today.

“I can’t be more excited to have a true leader back on the Barnstormers roster,” said Coach Ismail. “Connor is a great teammate, knows how to win, and is a fan favorite. As a player, he is a big target with great hands that will be tough for opponents to defend.”

Hollenbeck (6-6, 225, Edinboro University) returns to the Barnstormers for his second season with the team. Hollenbeck first joined the roster at the start of the 2019 season, appearing in 13 regular season games and finishing with 58 receptions for 627 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hollenbeck also appeared in the post-season. Prior to joining the Barnstormers, Hollenbeck spent two seasons with the Cedar Rapids Titans (now River Kings), where he appeared in a total of 28 games collecting 101 receptions and 25 touchdowns. At the end of the 2018 season, Hollenbeck was named Second Team All-IFL Receiver.

Collegiately, Hollenbeck spent played four years at Edinboro University appearing at both wide receiver and punter. Hollenbeck completed his collegiate career with 33 receptions for 330 yards and one touchdown.

Season Tickets for the 2020 Iowa Barnstormers season are available now! For as low as $80 per seat, fans can enjoy the action from the same great seat location each game. For more information, call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log on to www.theiowabarnstormers.com.


Barnstormers Name New Head Coach

Ameer Ismail joins Iowa Barnstormers Organization

Iowa BarnstormersDES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers have named Ameer Ismail as their new Head Coach, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Pettit announced today. Ismail joins the organization effective immediately and will oversee all coaching duties.

Ismail brings a wealth of knowledge to the Barnstormers organization, with experience both playing and coaching. After a brief stint in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ismail found the indoor game where he played linebacker for several teams including the Jacksonville Sharks (AFL), Milwaukee Mustangs (AFL), Tri-Cities Fever (IFL), Bloomington Edge (IFL), and Chicago Slaughter (IFL).

Turning his attention toward coaching in 2014, Ismail served as defensive coordinator for teams including the Cedar Rapids Titans, Tri-Cities Fever, and Spokane Empire. His first head coaching appearance came in 2017 with the Bloomington Edge (CIF) and in 2018 he led the first-year Massachusetts Pirates (NAL) to an 11-5 regular season record, earning honors as the NAL Coach of the Year.

Ismail also has experience coaching high school and college football teams, currently serving as Assistant Football Coach overseeing the outside linebackers at Albion College in Michigan.

“It is such an amazing honor to be named the new Head Coach of the Iowa Barnstormers, the most prestigious and historic team in all of indoor or arena football,” said Ismail. “John Pettit and I have known each other and maintained a great relationship over the years despite being on different teams or even in different leagues. To be able to work with someone of his expertise and experience is another major reason why I wanted to be here. We will continue the winning ways with tremendous positive culture for our community and fans. I am very grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to bring another championship to Des Moines.”

The Barnstormers are excited to have Coach Ismail on board for the 2020 season and look forward to continuing to establish the Barnstormers as a pillar in the greater Des Moines community.

Fans and media are invited to meet Coach Ismail on Monday, October 7 at Mac Shack in West Des Moines, Iowa from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Announcements about additional coaching staff will be coming shortly.

Season Tickets for the Iowa Barnstormers 2020 season are on sale now starting as low as $80 per seat. For more information, call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or visit www.theiowabarnstormers.com


Predicting NFL Game Outcomes by Mascot

By Mike Thayer

NFLFootball is my favorite sport. On Saturday's, Sunday's, Monday nights and Thursday nights, you most likely will find me in front of a TV watching games or at the very least paying close attention to game updates on a tablet or cell phone.

Week three of the 2019 NFL season is now in the history books and my Bears, yes, I'm a Bears fan, took care of the Redskins 31-15 on Monday Night Football. 

Surprises of the season so far

Who thought the 49'ers would be 3-0?  Same for Buffalo, also 3-0. The Colts are 2-1 without Andrew Luck.  The Lions are 2-0-1.  Huh?  Most of the so-called experts had all those teams sitting at around 1-2 after week 3.

As expected:  The Patriots are 3-0.  Same for the Kansas City Chiefs, also at 3-0.   But these are the only two teams really, where the so-called experts were spot on.  An argument could be made for the Cowboys at 3-0, but that's an early season prediction made every year by most, using the line, they've got the talent.....

On the downside and unexpected:  The Steelers are 0-3.  The Falcons are 1-2.  The Redskins weren't predicted to be undefeated, but NOT 0-3.

The accuracy of "professional" predictions of game outcomes this season is all over the place!

So with the season not really playing out as predicted after just week 3, I said to myself, "What the heck, I'm throwing all football analysis, Vegas odds, so-called guru expertise, scheduling, home/away, injury lists, insider information and commentary, etc., for picking games out the window."

For the rest of the season, I'm picking game winners by what mascot would logically kick the other mascot's butt.  Surely it can't be any worse than the guessing game that is NFL game prognostication.

Week 4 Schedule:

Thursday Night Game, 09/26:  Eagles vs. Packers - Eagles have talons, Packers have boxes, box cutters and tape.  Packers box up the Eagles and ship them out of town.

Sunday Games, 09/29:

Redskins vs. Giants: Redskins have arrows, war clubs and tomahawks, Giants are huge.  The arrows and tomahawks have no effect, Giants squash the Redskins.

Chiefs vs. Lions:  Another arsenal of arrows, war clubs, tomahawks and even some lances and knives, but this warrior tribe is up against lions.  Fangs and claws however, are not enough to overcome the weapons of the Chiefs.

Titans vs. Falcons:  Although Titans are menacing, Falcons rip their eyes out rendering them blind.

Browns vs. Ravens:  The Browns don't have a real mascot and I don't care how good a coach Paul Brown was, they need to get a real name.  The Ravens have their way with the not-really-a-name 'Browns.' 

Raiders vs. Colts:  Swords, muskets and cannons vs. a kicking horse........  Raiders take the treasure.

Patriots vs. Bills:  Minutemen take down the herd.

Panthers vs. Texans:  Don't mess with Texas.

Chargers vs. Dolphins:  Getting hit by lighting can mess you up, especially if you're in the water.

Buccaneers vs. Rams:  The Bucs enjoy rum more than winning, get butted by the Rams.

Seahawks vs. Cardinals:  OK, there's no such thing as a "Seahawk" but then, naming your football team after a lame little red bird that flies away when threatened?  Hawks over lame birds.

Vikings vs. Bears:  This is a partisan pick, 'da Bears being my team and all......  Vikings are tough, armed with weapons such as axes, spears and swords, but bears are relentless and SO angry when provoked!  'da Bears in a close one.

Jaguars vs. Broncos:  This one is kind of a no-brainer, a big predator cat vs. a bucking horse.....  Cats have horse meat for dinner.

Cowboys vs. Saints:  Pistols, rifles and roping vs. praying.....  hmmm.....   The Saints don't go marching and the Cowboys yell "Yee-haw!"

Monday Night Football, 09/30:  Bengals vs. Steelers - The big cats finally break out the claws and take down some metal workers without a fire.

This could be fun!  If I have a winning record at the conclusion of week 4, I might be on to something!

Enjoy the games my friends!


Trubisky explodes for 3 TDs after 0 in 1st 2 weeks

Chicago BearsLANDOVER, Md. -- The Washington Redskins proved the perfect remedy for struggling Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

After coming under intense scrutiny for not throwing a touchdown pass in either of Chicago's first two games, Trubisky passed for three touchdowns, all of them to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, before halftime in Monday night's 31-15 win against Washington.

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