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The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:31 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 3:42 pm
 
Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Iowa-Iowa State rivalry is not one of college football's greatest. Despite being intrastate rivals, the two teams have met on the gridiron just 55 times, including a scant 36 games in the last 90 years. Still, the rivalry's been going strong with annual games since the late '70s, and despite rarely having national significance, it's a point of great pride and contention in the state of Iowa.

The one thing the rivalry didn't have was a cool trophy; here's a look at the previous iteration, called the Cy-Hawk Trophy. Not that great. Little artistic merit. It doesn't show, it tells. It looks like a reclamation project from a high school shop class.

So wisely, the trophy was shelved permanently during the offseason when the sponsor was ceded from grocery chain Hy-Vee to the Iowa Corn lobby. On Friday, the new trophy commissioned by Iowa Corn was unveiled, and via Hawkeye Nation, it's... oh no.



Yes, that's a guy with a basket of corn that he's showing to his wife and two kids. It's a corn farmer and his family. And their corn. That's the football trophy. This is a literal thing that is happening.

I would say that this is the inherent danger of letting a local agriculture lobby have free reign to brand a football game -- the whole "look at how wonderful and wholesome we are" schtick -- but that's hardly an industry-wide problem. Aside from Iowa and corn, the only other state with an identity so closely tied to a local farm product is Idaho and potatoes, and look at what unfettered genius the Idaho Potato Bowl brought to the proverbial table last month:



That is not only a baked potato football, it is a baked potato football decorated with sour cream and chives! And lest you think that kind of brilliance can't make its way to the confluence of corn and football, as one Iowa writer's wife pointed out, why not have the football peeled open at the top with a corn cob under it? That would be thousands of times better than holding up a trophy of a family and their basket of corn (which, frankly, is less than you can grow in a typical Iowan front yard). Footballs need to be made of food more often! This is a perfect opportunity and they just blew it! Argh argh argh argh argh

Between the Legends, Leaders, Heroes Game, and now the Iowa Corn Trophy, it seems an awful lot like the Big Ten is distancing itself from what football is all about -- namely football players, football teams, and the football itself. Let's see a little more of that and a lot less of this effort to turn the conference into a bad Norman Rockwell painting.
Comments

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:24 am
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

Hmmm.  How is this differ than a old water jug, an ax, or even a bronzed pig?  Simple solution to the  trophy dilemma: &nb
sp;bronze a bushel of corn!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:24 am
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

In Iowa the players smoke the corn, or inject it, or whatever they do to end up in the hospital. 



Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:36 am
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

You mean everyone wants some generic piece of flash rather than this interesting sculpture? Weird.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:33 pm
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

Why does sportsline.com allow advertising on its blogs?

Its not that CBS allows it. ghjk is abusing the fact that blog comments do not have the "Report this post" link found on message board posts.



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 8:25 am
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

Let's have North Carolina and Tennessee play each other.  Trophy is two couples playing cards while smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey.  Much cooler than corn.



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 8:16 am
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

Don't they get it in Iowa.  This family values thing is over.  Trophy should depict a booster stuffing money in a player's pocket with his adoring woman looks on and he waves a cool firearm. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:25 pm
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

Someone has actually started a petition against this hunk of junk;

I hope just the existence of the petition will wake up these fools at Iowa Corn Org, but who knows, Corporate folks do not like to admit mistakes. 

Please all football fans, help the fans of Iowa and Iowa State get rid of this thing, it is embarrassing and just wrong for a football game.




Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:42 pm
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

That is the a football trophy? Looks like it is more the Prize for the Biggest Ear of Corn of the Year!! This is a great game each year and needs a Trophy to Match!!!



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:18 pm
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

Why does sportsline.com allow advertising on its blogs?  There are two posts below with obvious intent to direct to a sales site.  As for the trophy, it is corny.  Why do rival colleges have these asinine trophies in the first place?  These can't the ideas of the students, so it must be something from the alumni.  Sheesh.  If one really wants to rub it in the loser's noses, why not just allow the winner of these games to erect a giant billboard on the loser's campus featuring the score, the winner's logo and anything else such as "We kicked your ass in your crib!  Enjoy it!"  But then again this all about the kids and fun.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:04 am
 

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

Is it just me or is that the biggest ear of corn ever grown?  It looks like its as least as big as the kids thigh.  That's corn on steriods.  Or something.
 


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