Last week, I posted the most recent edition of "Who the Heck is Pitt Playing?" which was about the Iowa Hawkeyes. It was prepared like the other previews I had done where I looked at returning players and who had a chance to make an impact when Pitt played against them.
However, deciding to try something different, I reached out to Iowa's SB Nation blog, Black Heart Gold Pants, in the hopes that they would help me prepare a preview on the 2011 Iowa football team. I told them I wasn't expecting anything long, but rather a brief preview of each position and whether it would be a strength or weakness for Iowa.
I take my role as a contributor seriously. I was planning on copying and pasting BHGP's response into my post, believing it would be well written with a touch of humor, like most of BHGP's posts. But, due to Big Ten Media Days occurring last week, this is what I received:
Iowa football is going to play the Pittsburgh Panthers in a college football game on September 17, 2011, which is ironically six days after the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack. On that day Al Qaeda people attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Everything changed after the September 11 terrorist attack. There were many factors that caused the September 11 attack. The quarterback is the most important position on a football team's offensive team. Iowa no longer has star quarterback Ricky Stanzi. James Vandenberg is the new quarterback. Ricky Stanzi was a good quarterback. He started for three years. James Vandenberg did not start during those years because most football teams only use one quarterback at a time. James Vandenberg is a junior. He likes fishing. He will be a good quarterback. Iowa has black and gold uniforms patterned after the Steelers...that's maybe the most compelling storyline of the game. Iowa likes to use running plays when playing on offense in football. Some running plays go left, some running plays go right. Most teams use the same running back for plays that go left as they do for plays that go right. There are many factors in a running back that have to be weighed carefully every time. The Iowa Hawkeyes football team will likely use Marcus Coker as their running back on most running plays. He is very fast and strong. When weighing these factors, most teams weigh fastness and strength. Marcus Coker ran for 219 yards and two touchdowns in the 2010 Insight Bowl, which is a college football game played between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Missouri Tigers. Iowa and Missouri border each other. They are both Midwestern states. Wide receivers catch the ball when the quarterback decides to throw the football. Wide receivers run in patterns called pass patterns that they decide before the play. Iowa has two wide receivers named Marvin McNutt and Keenan Davis. Marvin McNutt used to play quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeyes, so he knows a lot about football. He is very tall and fast. He caught 53 passes in 2010 for 853 yards and 8 touchdowns. Touchdowns are worth six points, but a team can kick another point called the extra point to score seven points. Keenan Davis is a new receiver. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos got in trouble with the police and missed the Insight Bowl game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Missouri Tigers. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Vick plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, too. There are a lot of factors that go into a redemption story. Keenan Davis is a junior. Iowa has a wide receiver coach named Erick Campbell. His friends call him "Soup" because his name reminds them of Campbell's Soup. Erick Campbell used to coach at Michigan. There are a lot of factors that go into driving your college football program into the dirt. Tight ends are like big wide receivers who also "block" defenders during running plays. Iowa has two tight ends. Their names are Brad Herman and C.J. Fiedorowicz. Brad Herman is a very large person. He is the best tight end and he catches most of the passes. C.J. Fiedorowicz is even bigger than Brad Herman! Many people have said that they think C.J. Fiedorowicz should play on the offensive line instead of tight end. C.J. Fiedorowicz once wanted to play for the Illinois Fighting Illini, but he changed his mind. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing where to go to school and play football that must be weighed carefully every time. Iowa has an offensive line. They are big people who "block" defensive players for the other team. The players block the other players by using their hands and arms to push them away from the player with the ball. This keeps the player with the ball from being tackled. The Iowa Hawkeyes have a good offensive line. Some people say they think it might be better than the Iowa Hawkeyes offensive line from the 2010 Insight Bowl game against Missouri. James Ferentz plays "center" which is the player who plays in the center of the line. His did is Kirk Ferentz who is the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes. James Ferentz "calls the plays" for the other offensive linemen. He is like the quarterback of the offensive line. There are many factors to consider when choosing your offensive line. Iowa Hawkeyes coaches like Kirk Ferentz consider them all. Iowa's best offensive lineman is probably Riley Reiff, because he plays left tackle which is probably the most important position on the offensive line. Riley Reiff is from South Dakota, which is where Mount Rushmore is from. Of the four defensive linemen on Iowa's defensive line, only one played last year. The other three are new. Mike Daniels is probably the most important defensive lineman because he played in 2010, including in the Insight Bowl game against Missouri. Actually Mike Daniels played in every game in 2010 for the Iowa Hawkeyes! He is very big and strong. Some people say he is the strongest player on the team. There are other defensive linemen who also play. Linebackers are players who are put behind the defensive line to tackle running backs and tight ends. Iowa has three linebackers. They are good linebackers. James Morris plays middle linebacker, which is like the quarterback of the defense because he calls the plays in every game. He is a sophomore. He only played last year because three other players got hurt and there were no more linebackers on the Iowa Hawkeyes! Tyler Nielsen plays outside linebacker. He is a senior and a "team leader" on the defensive team. There are many factors to weigh in deciding on a team leader. Tyler Nielsen broke his neck last year, but he is still playing football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Shaun Prater plays cornerback, which is like quarterback only the opposite. Cornerbacks play against the wide receivers and try to stop the wide receivers from catching the pass. Shaun Prater is very good at playing against wide receivers. He is a senior. He might some day get a chance to play in the National Football League. He thought very long and very tough about going out for the National Football League this summer, but he weighed the many important factors and did not go. He will go next year. There are also safeties, which are the defensive players who play all the way back behind everyone else. Micah Hyde is one safety, and Jordan Bernstine is probably the other. They have never played safety before, but the first two safeties are now playing in the pros. Micah Hyde had two interception returns for touchdowns last year even though he only intercepted one of the passes. A player once pitched him the ball after an interception and he ran for a touchdown. You can pitch the ball to a teammate if he's behind you. The 2011 Iowa Hawkeyes football team will be a good football team, and their game with the Pittsburgh Panthers on September 17, 2011 will be a good football game. It will be in Iowa City.
Obviously, this is not what I was expecting went I first reached out to BHGP. At first I thought "Is this a joke?". I soon realized that this is actually what I was sent. So, I made the executive decision to instead write my own preview using BHGP's position previews "Assume the Position" as well as Iowa's Spring Prospectus to write the preview and move on. BHGP was not amused.
So, I am here to say that I am sorry to Black Heart Gold Pants, their fans, and their writers if I offended you by not posting the preview I was sent. However, you all must understand that I did not anticipate being sent this preview. I appreciate the effort that the author put in to writing the piece, but it was not what I wanted and not what I felt was best for Cardiac Hill. I did what I thought would be the right move and I stand by my decision.
If you want to continue to say that the preview is "above the reading level and the humor is way above the head of anyone associated with Pitt ever", that is fine, but understand that I did what I thought was best for this blog and if that includes not posting something I asked for and was given, then so be it.