I don't know when exactly I fell in love with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
I know it was before Hayden Fry came along to save the football program from near death.
Because I remember walking to school wearing my Hawkeye shirt, and getting made fun of by my Cyclone and Nebraska fan classmates.
But I will tell you that my love affair with the Hawkeyes has not waivered in over 30 years. Not once. It's in my blood. Win or lose.
My ex-wife, well, she probably wished she was the Hawkeyes at some point, I'd imagine.
Luckily for me, I've created two monsters in my sons. They both have their Hawkeye #12 Ricky Stanzi jerseys. They both talk about the Hawkeyes and the state of Iowa as if it is a religious experience for them. When we drove past the Gophers' TCF Stadium (The TCF stands for Terrible College Football, fyi), my kids yelled out "That's where the Hawkeyes are going to smash the Gophers this fall!"
I mean, come on, my oldest son is named Nile. (If you don't know who Nile is in Hawkeye lore, read here.
I'm happy that I get to share that experience with them, the same way I got to experience it with my parents. Growing up, Saturdays meant get the chores done so we could listen to the game on the radio, or watch it on TV (which was much less frequently back in the old days).
And they've learned very quickly that as a Hawkeye fan, we don't whine about losing. Only Nebraska fans do that.
So, my blog tonight has very little in the way of a point. Except that we're now less than 19 days away from the kickoff of the 2010 Hawkeye Football Season...and me, I'm ready for the boom.
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