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Hawkeye Fans, the Hlog is Listening


Feeling a little hang-dog about Iowa’s 21-20 football loss at Pittsburgh?

Go ahead and vent. The Hlog will compile your emotions and present them here Sunday. 

Keep it clean, please. The Hlog doesn’t work blue.


Pittsburgh: Black and Gold Everywhere

(AP photo)

So I rolled into Pittsburgh about 1 p.m., Eastern time, and saw a lot of people on downtown streets wearing black-and-gold jerseys.

Ah, the Hawkeye fans are already here en masse, I thought.

I thought wrong.

Pittsburghers like to wear Pittsburgh Steelers garb. Judging by how many adult men and women were donning No. 7 Ben Roethlisberger jerseys on a work day (Casual dress Fridays to the extreme?), I’d say Ben is No. 1 here in the Steel City.

Hey, the guy did quarterback a Super Bowl-champion team here three seasons ago.

But it isn’t just Roethlisberger’s name featured on jerseys worn by the locals. It’s receiver Hines Ward. It’s defensive back Troy Polamalu. It’s linebacker Jack Lambert, who hasn’t suited up for the Steelers in three decades or so.

For once, Hawkeye fans have gone to another city and were forced to blend in with the natives. That must have been a strange feeling.

For all of you who have opted to stay home Saturday instead of making the trip here for the Iowa-Pittsburgh game, know that I’ll be live blogging starting at 10 a.m. Iowa time. I’ll describe what Saturday morning looks like here. And what Friday night looked like. I’m going to the Houston Astros-Pittsburgh Pirates game, and there will probably be more Hawkeye fans there than Pirate fans.

Which may not be saying much given the sad state of the Pirates.

Finally, the Hlog is Coming to Pittsburgh

Before I stepped foot in Pittsburgh proper for the first time last year, I envisioned it as a grimy, gritty place. You know, factories belching in every direction and factory-workers belching in every direction.

Silly me. It turns out Pittsburgh isn’t the pits. It’s very scenic, with its three rivers and all sorts of bridges, a downtown that doesn’t roll up its sidewalks at 5 p.m., brand-new baseball and football stadiums that are first-rate, old neighborhoods that seem like great places to have pizza or kielbasa or whatever goes good with an ice cold Iron City beer.

The architecture is exquisite, the skyline impressive. Pittsburgh isn’t a huge city, not a Philadelphia or Boston or Cleveland. It’s all right, though.

The purpose of the trip is college football. Iowa and Pittsburgh. I haven’t covered a Pitt game since it lost to Iowa State in the 2000 Insight.com Bowl. If Iowa-Pitt is half as good as that ISU-Pitt game was, it will be worth the trip. OK, two-thirds as good.