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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Rocking the vote
Election Day is here. Iowa football didn’t wait until today to get involved with the voting process. Players supported Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the primary season. The head coach donated money.
The Wake-Up Call is all about the vote. Fill out a ballot, but, first, read which Hawkeyes would make the best elected political figures.
President: Cornerback Desmond King
Like Liam Neeson in “Taken” a president needs a particular set of skills. A president must be accomplished and likeable, bring strong credentials, connect with people over a wide cross section of the population and be an effective communicator.
King fits the criteria. No Hawkeye can match his resume. He’s the reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner and is considered one of the best defensive backs in the country.
In a season where blame is getting spread across both sides of the ball, King is as popular as ever. The fan base is still united behind King. He’s an effective communicator, both with teammates on the road as well as with the media.
King is royalty in Iowa City. It’s why he’s perfect for the president.
Senator: Quarterback C.J. Beathard
Being a senator is a little like being a president. It requires a person of a certain stature with a proven track record. Senators are multitaskers who need to be able to collaborate with others and step up and lead when required to get a bill passed.
It sounds a lot like commanding a huddle. Beathard is familiar with that. He brings name recognition as a key piece to an Iowa team that won 12 games a year ago.
U.S. Representative: Wide receiver Jay Scheel
A large portion of house districts aren’t competitive races. The way the district is configured all but ensures one political party will win.
The best thing a candidate can do is play to the district base and ride that support to Washington D.C. Hawkeye fans populate this district. There may be no more popular player than Jay Scheel. Fans loved him long before he saw the field this season. His universal love is exactly what political operatives look for in a representative.
Governor: Linebacker Josey Jewell
Jewell grew up on a farm. He’s hardworking and humble. His track record of success can’t be questioned. King is the only Hawkeye as consistent as Jewell this season.
He’s basically the ideal candidate to run in the Hawkeye State. He embodies so much of what those in the state think makes Iowa great. He’d connect with the urban voter and the country dweller. He could win in a landslide.
State Representative: Wide receiver Riley McCarron
So much of local politics is knowing the people, their issues and showing the candidate is one of them. McCarron is a living embodiment of the eastern Iowa football dream. He walked on to the Hawkeyes and worked his way into becoming a scholarship starter. His star status may be enough to win him a local election around Iowa City. A message of doing all he could to ensure the lives of his constituents would mirror his football career might very well assure it.
Mad as hell
Green Bay lost to Indianapolis 31-26 on Sunday. Former Iowa defensive lineman Mike Daniels wasn’t thrilled about it after the game. He wasn’t in much of a better mood on Monday when discussing it with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Daniels isn’t the only one in Green Bay frustrated. The Packers were a popular Super Bowl pick in the preseason. Now, the team is 4-4 and isn’t playing like a playoff team.
The home loss to the Colts, a team with one of the worst defenses in the NFL, was a shock and probably the lowest moment of the first half of the season.
Green Bay is at a crossroads. The upcoming road game at Tennessee is more important than those in the organization likely figured two months ago.
And the winners are …
Iowa named field hockey athlete Natalie Cafone and Jewell its athletes of the month for October.
— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) November 7, 2016
Cafone led the field hockey team to a 5-2 record while scoring a team-high 9 goals and recording 19 points. Jewell made 44 tackles in October.