The Miracle on Melrose Avenue.

The Miracle on Melrose Avenue.

November 12, 2016: Better Than Christmas.

There is no question when it comes to where my loyalty lies when it comes to the NCAA. I am a Hawkeye fan through and through. But, Saturday, November 12, 2016, will be a night in Hawkeye football that I will never forget.

Michigan Wolverines entered Kinnick Stadium undefeated Saturday night. Michigan had only trailed for just over 35 minutes all season until Saturday night, in which they trailed to Iowa for just a little bit. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan head coach, has never successfully won a game in Iowa City. While he was a player at Michigan, he only started as a junior. He was only put in because they had four injuries, as he had been late to the first meeting his freshman year, and his head coach never let him forget it. Shoutout to Greg, for some useful information.

1985 was the last time the number 2, 3, and 4 teams fell in the same night. That was the same year Harbaugh started in Iowa City, and they fell to Iowa. Let me tell you, Saturday night was insane in upsets. When Pitt upset Clemson, Iowa upset Michigan, and USC upset Washington. Wow. Alabama is the only Power 5 team to be left undefeated.

The fans stormed the field after TRUE FRESHMAN Keith Duncan kicked the game winning field goal. (In case you don't know, that's huge to play as a true freshman.) I stood on the turf holding back tears; I couldn't believe I was standing on that turf. The 1985 game.....Iowa won in a last second field goal.

As I stood in the student section with some of my best friends last night, my heart jumped up and down. As I almost fell multiple times, offered up my glasses multiple times to the officiating crew, and was scared to death as one of my friends mentioned dying before we stormed the field, thanks again Eric, I had never been so excited in my life. Never again do I think I could relive those moments. I sit here, Sunday afternoon, rewatching the game. Reliving all those emotions, remembering what I said, and what I was thinking, and I can only smile. Smile because I grew up in Iowa City. Smile because I was there. Smile because I got to experience that with some of my best friends. Special shout out to Anna for holding on to me so tight I was able to finally feel my hands again because they were so cold. As crazy as it sounds, I am glad that we were all able to find each other, ie Shelby and Bowman, after the game because saying "we will meet on the S in the endzone" sounds easy when you don't have the whole state of Iowa there.

Hawkeye fans, we have a reason to celebrate. Hawkeye players, you worked your ass off. Kirk Ferentz, this is why I trust in you.

The word is fight, fight, fight, for Iowa
Let every loyal Iowa sing.
The word is fight, fight, fight, for Iowa
Until the walls and rafters ring (Go Hawks!)

Come on and cheer, cheer cheer, for Iowa
We're gonna cheer until we hear the final gun.
The word is fight, fight, fight for Iowa
Until the game is won.

Go Hawks. I will cheer for Iowa, until the game is won.

Cover Image Credit: Kinnick Stadium

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The NEW New York Jets Will Change Sports Culture And How Other Fans View The Team

I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something.


December 30th, 4:00 p.m. eastern time, another year has just completed for the New York Jets. A year in which finished quite similar to all the rest, a lot of losing and a blowout loss in week 17 to the future Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

However, there was one difference with the end of the 2018 season, and that was Sam Darnold, the Quarterback.

As a Jets fan, for the last eight-plus years, there has been little to no hope after the season ended because they did not have that franchise changing QB every team covets. But this year, this offseason everything seems different, and everything is different.

Entering the 2019 NFL offseason, the New York Jets boasted the second most cap space in the NFL, and the buzz across the league was that they were going to spend all of that cash in order to build the proper foundation around young star QB Sam Darnold. One week into free-agency it is safe to say they are doing just that, and they are not just spending their boatloads of money just to spend it, they are spending it smartly.

Although extremely early in the process it seems this new Jets regime seems to have it figured out, where others, (as us Jets fans sadly know) simply did not. I have heard many fans of the NFL tell me that the Jets are overspending, they are giving players money that doesn't deserve it, i.e. Leveon Bell. However, there is no justification for not giving a star player a little extra cash to ensure he will not join another team. That point is especially true when you have a young franchise QB like the Jets currently have... DAMN, that sounds good to say... but I digress, The last time the Jets won a super was... well, actually let's have some fun with this... clearly I was not born, my parents were not born, gas was $0.35 a gallon, and we had yet to land on the moon.

If that does not put in perspective for you then well I guess I am trying to say to you is ITS BEEN A LONG FREAKIN' TIME. 52 years exactly. Why emphasize instead of just telling you the number of years? Well because I wanted to, and if you are not a Jets fan, you needed to know just how astonishing, painful and LONG it has been.

However, I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something. We are not a greedy fanbase and you would be surprised on how much even a home playoff game would mean after sharing a division for 18 years with Tom Brady, Bill Bilichek and the Patriots. Although with all hope their needs to be some type of grounding reality, some pessimism, because we are and will always be the "Same old Jets"... So until we win something that motto cannot be changed and will not be changed(not even with new uniforms)... but hey Jets fans, at least we're not currently Giant fans? Right? Buckle up, this may be the year.

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