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Festival planned to break Iowa running back curse


The Curse of the Bambino. The Curse of the Billy Goat. AIRBHG.

Anyone familiar with Iowa football knows the team has had its problems with running backs.

Meet AIRBHG: the "Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God," which has been mentioned on social networks, fan forums, and even on television coverage, from the Big Ten Network to ESPN.

Just this fall, Damon Bullock, Greg Garmon, and Barkley Hill were sidelined with injuries. The "curse" goes back several years before that. (Need a refresher? Check out the complete AIRBHG saga from HawkeyeNation.com here.)

Saturday, October 20, fans will gather for the first-ever AIRBHGAPALOOZA, a festival dedicated to the Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God, complete with its own beer. Backpocket Brewery in Coralville is making a special edition AIRBHG ESB (Excellent Sacrificial Blend), which is said to be "as bitter as the deity it's named for."

There will be a special tribute video to AIRBHG's victims, and for a dollar you can take a swing at the AIRBHG piñata. The money will go to University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

The all-ages event will begin at 11:00 a.m. and run through mid-afternoon.

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