Are you fired up for the big game yet? In not, you should read this. This week, CN's Luke Vander Sanden focuses on the top five reasons why players love beating Iowa. Once again, they are in no particular order, and obviously they are based on Luke's own personal experience, and those experiences he had with his teammates. Read editorials from the former players themselves, right here at CN.
1. Call-in Show
on the list is the one that I really am fond of, and I am sure many Cyclone fans
are too, that is the post-game call-in radio show. After a Cyclone victory, the radio
call-in show is flooded with Hawkeye fans grumbling. Some common topics that go along with
every Hawkeye loss include how Hawkeye fans say, "Well if this would have
happened we would have won." "If our defense would have made a big play on a big
third down, it would have changed the game and we would have won." Excuses, excuses, excuses. I find it humorous that they can't take
a loss and give Iowa State credit. It is evident that after an Iowa loss to Iowa State, there is always excuses and
complaining on the Hawkeyes' end. A
year ago, it was, "If Drew Tate wouldn't have gotten hurt, we would have
won." He was unproductive at the
very beginning of the game up to his injury. Take a loss with class and stop finding
excuses! Period. End of story.
2. Cy-Hawk Trophy
a former player, I took a lot of pride in seeing the Cy-Hawk trophy in the
trophy case. To me, it meant a lot
of heart, sweat, blood, and tears that go into winning that trophy. That goes along with any rivalry in
college football. You hate your
rival, and you hate losing to them.
This trophy is a symbol for the state of Iowa in terms of football. Seeing no Cy-Hawk trophy in the
Building makes you, as a
player, motivated. Sure, the
Iowa game is
just the next team on the schedule, but it sure means a lot to the team to keep
3. Local Hero
the heck does this mean? Well, it
means something to the Iowa boys playing the game of football. See, there is this period of time, at
the end of the spring semester, when players get about three weeks off before
the start of summer workouts. A lot
of times, guys will try to get away for a while and go home to gather themselves
before the long haul of summer workouts start. Well, going home after beating
previous season means a lot. You
are looked up to back home. You are
almost the "Hometown Hero" in a sense.
I know I come from a Hawkeye dominated community and it really upsets me
that everyone up there are Hawkeye fans.
I sure can't do anything about it.
What I can do about it, after a win over Iowa, is hold my head high and sort of walk
with a swagger. Or maybe I should
say that the Iowa fans back home don't say a whole lot,
other than come up with excuses or complaints. There is nothing like going home and
being a "Hometown Hero" for a while.
You are looked up to, and Hawk fans can talk all the crap they want. All you have to do is, say the score and
Bus Ride Home
four on the list is the bus ride home.
This means the bus ride home with all your compadres that you have just
won a hard fought game with against in-state rival, Iowa. That bus is filled with laughter, guys
talking about big plays, the so called psychological pink locker room, chants,
the ISU fight song, and more. I
will never forget the bus ride home the last time we won in Iowa City, which was three
years ago. We were down big at
half, and Seneca Wallace brought us back and was a big factor in winning the
game! There were so many players
that made huge plays in the second half.
I don't think any Cyclone fan will ever forget that game! All in all, not many things can beat
riding back to Ames after beating Iowa in Kinnick
Stadium. What a great
5. Post-Game Party
on the list is the post-game party.
As a former player, I would say after beating Iowa in Ames, the night life is tremendous. I will even go on a limb and say that
this is the greatest night on campus of the year after a win against Iowa. The campus is flooded with wide-eyed and
excited students and fans. You
suddenly become a sort of idol figure to every student on campus that bleeds
Cardinal and Gold. Among other
things, fans also hit up campus after a big win. Why wouldn't they? Might as well make it a full Cyclone
party no matter how old you are. There is nothing like continuing your party all
night long, and celebrating a victory over Iowa
Town. And there is no better way than doing it
with your shoulders and head held high with all the fans that cheered their
hearts out for you. Ames is definitely the best place to be in the state when
Iowa comes to town, and Cyclone Nation sends
them back on their buses to Iowa
City with a loss!