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I talk the sticky points of Iowa football with the Land of Ten’s Scott Dochterman.
Of course, a ton of you know that Scott worked at The Gazette for 10 years before becoming a Land of Ten-ner last year.
It was his idea to start this podcast, which has been around since 2010. I write “his idea,” but it’s a helluva lot more than just that. This podcasting gear would probably still be gathering dust in a closet without Scott figuring it out. One day, after going all Doc Brown from “Back to the Future,” Scott emerged from the cubicle with a eureka and, boom, the On Iowa podcast breathed its first life.
It went on to have a few more lives. I quit that one time because of frustrating equipment snafus. We got new portable equipment and Scott went and figured that out, too. And we’ve been back on track.
The #oniowapod will be Mike Hlas and me this fall, starting at the end of the month. It’s simply business. Everyone wearing the same jersey. Nothing else to it.
I’ve loved doing the pod with Scott. He set a standard and I tried to keep up my end of the bargain.
We reminisce some at the end of the podcast. Never say never in this crazy business, so we’re good and we’ll see how the canvas sails and keep an open mind for something in the future.
But we also had a real #oniowapod.
We have similar ideas on the hotspots. You know them by now — WR, DT and wide receiver again.
Um, James Butler didn’t come here because Iowa was his favorite Big Ten team. Maybe that’s the cast, but he came here to play football. We don’t know how it’ll turn out, but, breaking news, he’s going to be eating some off of Akrum Wadley’s plate. Probably. So, anyway, brace yourselves for that.
We got through a podcast with zero non-conference schedule talk. Mark it down, dude.
You guys were hungry for one of these and you had a lot of Twitter questions.
Night games — Don’t know, but you should know that all times are on the table every week this year in the B1G. (I think Penn State and Ohio State are strong possibilities.)
QB battle? — Depth charts and insurance policies and, hey, did we talk ourselves into Peyton Mansell being a contender for this job? I think we did.
Brandon Snyder return — I think I might’ve talked myself out of that, just given the position he plays and the stop-and-start stress the life of a Big Ten safety puts on a knee.
High on Fant — And Hockenson, for that matter. And Beyer. OK, all of the tight ends have value. We broke down how a four-TE offense might look. (Yes, we did that.)
What would it take to get Iowa 10 wins -- 2,800 yards passing.
Basketball expectations — Scott said 23 wins. With the schedule that’s just been released, why not?
Yes, this isn’t a great year for Iowa not to have an established punter. But Ryan Gersonde is the one with a scholarship.
Biggest surprise? Biggest disappointment? You gotta listen to the pod.
Once again, thanks for everything Scott did for the pod. Without him, there wouldn’t have been one.
Mike and I will be podcasting on Thursday afternoons. The show will be an hour. I think there will be Facebook Live elements (details still being worked out). I look forward to it.
Of course, it’ll never beat the best podcast in the world, which would’ve been someone recording the conversations (Scott, Mike and I) during our drives around Big Ten country the last ... whoa ... almost 20 years. I’ll never laugh harder.