Sorry, about this, guys and gals, before I even write it. We all need to blow off some cardiac steam (luckily, no I am not kidding, I was watching the Orange Bowl with one of my best friends who has a guy that sells defibrillators for a living on speed dial) and we all need to celebrate this game. It was exciting, nerve-wracking, and unbelievable. However, I am the type of guy that's just never satisfied; in my profession I know I can do better, and that there is always something on the horizon that's better than what I did before. That's just my style of thinking: there's always more to be done.
I only write this because I have said it to about everyone in my cell phone contacts: Every game we play for the next 12 months is for the National Championship in 2010. I have to preface this. I am from a family of teachers. I am a first year teacher, my mom is a 25 year teacher, my dad is a 30 year teacher. All of us started back to school yesterday. Dad lamented the fact that we played in a game on the 5th because it meant we couldn't gather together as a family and watch the game. Also, we didn't have a day to recover. I told him, "Yeah, it sucks, but if we win this we are launched to heights unseen in Iowa football since Evy." In essence, I believed that this was the biggest game in Iowa football in 50 years.
The reason for this is that there is no denying us our spot among the elite now. I wrote a fanpost a couple months ago that stated, basically, that all we could control was winning. This year, that was the case. That went out the window tonight. We laid the blueprint for beating Georgia Tech. We showed what a Big Ten defense is all about. Clayborn showed that (this is utter blasphemy, I know) Suh paved the way and kept his seat on the national throne warm. For the Big Ten, now, we are the odds on favorite. There is going to be an epic showdown in Kinnick this year. In that game we are going to have to prove, once again, that we belong, that we are the Big Ten's best. If we win out, there is no denying us.
Well, I am really drunk and have to teach 45 miles from where I am at right now in 6 hours, so I will just say this: In 8 months the Hawkeyes' quest for the ultimate goal begins. If we take care of business, there is no denying us again. Yes, there are casualties (Tony Mo, Stross, Dace, Eubanks, Happierer, Edds, etc.), but the nucleus is back. God damn it is a long time from January to August. GO HAWKS!