But sure I could use to lose a couple pounds. And if I really wanted to, I could make the choice to lose most of those extra pounds. But, there are many "reasons" why I don't choose to lose some of that weight. I enjoy eating food for one. Whether it's sweets or salty foods or breads or carbs or whatever, good food tastes good and a good potion of that food is unhealthy but I eat it anyway. Plus, I don't feel like paying three dollars extra for organic bananas or gluten-free anything. It's damn expensive trying to eat healthy.
I also don't have a regular gym routine or schedule. Between working or coaching and spending time with my wife at home, I don't get to the gym every day. I'm sure if I made the effort to get a workout in at the gym six days a week, some of those extra pounds would work their way off me.
And I could continue with reasons for my extra weight but ultimately, I'm comfortable where my body weight is at and I chose not to make a conscience effort to change it.
That's the same thought process I have with the University of Iowa and their weak non-conference football schedule every year.
I've heard many "reasons" why Iowa can't change their schedule from Hawkeyes fans over the years. The Big Ten forced them into 9 conference games, they already have a home-and-home scheduled with Iowa State, they can't afford to lose the money another home gate brings in, Iowa State should be that team and they're not any good, they almost made the College Football Playoffs with that weak scheduling anyways. A lot of good "reasons" why their non-conference is weak.
Ultimately though, despite all those "reasons" for a weak non-conference schedule the opportunity is still there for Iowa to strengthen their schedule and they chose not to. They are comfortable where they are at.
That's not exactly a bad thing either. Iowa hasn't been struggling in football by any means. They are routinely in the Top 25 rankings, they won the Big Ten West in 2015, they have a passionate fan base, and they almost found a way into the College Football Playoffs in 2015 despite having a weak non-conference schedule.
I don't know the math or the numbers, but I'm sure the extra money provided by football home games supports many sports at Iowa that cannot fund themselves. Iowa Baseball had a great season a couple years ago that sparked some interest locally. I'm sure that was possible due to the money brought in by Iowa Football and their home games. There's probably Women's Soccer or Swimming & Diving at the University of Iowa without help from the Iowa Football program. One extra home game probably goes a long ways in what those other sports are able to do.
But it's still a choice. And Iowa is choosing not to go schedule stronger with their football schedule. The opportunities are there. There is no rule that Iowa has to play Miami of Ohio or Northern Illinois every year. They choose to do that because it fits their university and they are comfortable with that.
And again, not like there is anything wrong with that. It's a choice. Same way with me and my weight. I could choose to lose some weight, and in fact about 6 months ago I did. My wife and I joined Farrell's. It's a gym here in Iowa and they have a 10-week program that we signed up for and completed. We made the decision to commit to those 10-weeks; no excuses or no "reasons" why we couldn't make it work. I ended up losing over 25 pounds in that 10-weeks. I made the choice to eat right and workout six times a week, and I got results. [In the three months after that program ended I've put most of that weight back on, but that's a story for a different blog.]
Just stop telling me and the world that Iowa "can't" schedule differently. Tell me they are comfortable where they are at and choose not to schedule differently.