THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
In "An Open Letter to Hawkeye Football Fans," the University of Iowa Bulletin warned graduates: "Don't go wild over Iowa football this fall. Don't expect Dr. Anderson, smart and resourceful as he is, to effect any miraculous cures for Iowa's football ailments in one year, although he will make good progress....
"The important thing is that the material must run deep. There's no escaping that fact. The iron man days, with an occasional isolated exception, are over. Maybe they played and won with 15 good men in 1921—but they don't in 1939.
"...For this year at least, there simply are not enough really good men to justify high-scoring optimism. Now next year, or the year after, this material shortage may be overcome.
"But always, on the other hand, is the chance for surprises. Athletes may rise to the occasion. Those indefinables which make a team 'click' may be present. Iowa may get some football luck for a change. But don't pitch your hopes too high; it is those swift falls which are disillusioning.
"Alumni and other Iowa followers have a marvelous chance to come through this fall and thereby to shake off their reputation for 'making it tough for coaches.' It's really very simple. Just use your good sense, school your mind in some of the conservative thoughts you have been reading in this story, and keep your head out of the clouds and your feet solidly planted on the ground.
"Let's have a vast company of Alumni With The Sensible Attitude Toward Iowa's 1939 Football."
A TEAM OF DESTINY AND ONE GLORIOUS YEAR
For less than $21, football enthusiasts could see every Iowa game in 1939, the golden year in Hawkeye sports history. Though Iowa would fail to win the conference championship, fans barely noticed. The Iowa Hawkeyes seemed indomitable. (Read More)