Hawkeyes.org ID: DrJay
Real Name: Jay Ansher
Location: Bloomington, IL
Favorite Sports: College Football and College Basketball
Game Day Routine: If I'm driving from home, I get up around 4:30 or 5 AM to drive to Iowa City after putting on the appropriate Hawkeye shirt/shorts/sweatshirt, depending on weather. After the 3-hour drive, I usually tailgate with friends in the Dental Building Lot or on Olive Court. I like to get to the game in time to see the Marching Band's pregame show. I never leave until after the beer song, and usually tailgate for a couple more hours while everyone else gets out of the parking lots and on the road.
First Hawkeye Memory: My Dad (a Hawkeye alum) and my Mom (an Illini alum) returning from an Iowa-Illinois game in 1974 and giving me the ticket stub and a button.
Favorite Hawkeye Memories: In basketball, witnessing in person a 3-OT loss to Minnesota in the old Fieldhouse in 1982. On TV, watching Steve Waite beat Georgetown with a 3-point play to go to the Final Four in 1980. Also fun was tracking the 2001 Big Ten Basketball Tournament championship from an airport in Amsterdam, and an internet cafe in Innsbruck, Austria while on a ski trip.
In football, it has to be witnessing "The Catch" in person: Drew Tate to Warren Holloway in the 2005 Capital One Bowl. A distant 2nd and 3rd are C.J. Jones' runback of the opening kickoff for a TD vs. USC in the 2003 Orange Bowl, and the 34-9 stomping of Michigan in the Big House in 2002. On TV, the 12-10 win over Michigan and the 35-31 Chuck Long Bootleg to beat Michigan State, both in 1985. On the radio, listening to Jim Zabel counting down the seconds as Iowa beat Michigan State in 1981 to go to the Rose Bowl.
Favorite Player(s): Football: I've gotta say Tim Dwight and Chuck Long. Sedrick Shaw was a great star, too. Basketball: I'm going with Brad Lohaus. Any guy who would put up with a little kid (me) asking for his autograph while he stood in his dorm hallway in a shower towel, with toothbrush in his mouth is a decent guy. I also loved the grit and toughness of Andre Woolridge, Jess Settles, and Chris Kingsbury. That was a team that never lived up to its full potential.
The most important rivalry: Michigan. You wanna be the best? You gotta have them as your rival.
The team, even if they do not play the Hawks, who should always lose: Michigan and Notre Dame in football and Duke in basketball. I love to hate the successful programs.
Other sites worth a look: I don't generally surf unless I'm looking for something specific. If you want a good random sample, use Google for help with crossword puzzle clues. You're welcome, Dad.
Hobbies: Skiing, skydiving, running my local UIAA Iowa Club, and homebrewing.