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Yikes: New Cy-Hawk Trophy Revealed

Yikes was the nicest word I could put in the headline.

I wanted to write a few other words like ‘Joke’ or ‘what the hell were they thinking’ and things like that.  But it wouldn’t fit in there, so we went with yikes.

Here is a link to a photo of the new trophy, revealed Friday at the Iowa State fair.

Pause to let it sink in.

Here is a quote from the press release from Iowa Corn: “This is literally a work of art representing the people and characteristics that are uniquely Iowan.” said Craig Floss, CEO for Iowa Corn.  “Just as the trophy reads, we are honest, hard working, family and community orientated people. Iowa’s corn farmers are proud to bring this work of art to the new Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series football game and we look forward to sharing it with the people of Iowa.”

First, let me lay down a few caveats…Iowa agriculture put food on our family’s table from the moment of my birth until I was a senior in high school.  My father has worked in the Growmark/FS organization since 1979, and Oscar Meyer before that.  He is the son of a farmer.  So I am very appreciative of every sector of the Iowa agriculture scene, and have met some of the folks over at Iowa Corn and they are great people.

That being meant and said, this trophy looks like it should go to the winner of a Lutheran Pie Bakeoff winner in Decorah, not for the winner of the Iowa-Iowa State football game.

Arthur Fonzarelli called and said the CyHawk Series has jumped the shark.

Craig’s comment above about the trophy being a work of art is accurate.  My criticisms are not of the artistic nature…it’s a fine sculpture…it’s a fine piece of art.

BUT FOOTBALL TEAMS DONT PLAY FOR ARTWORK!

What in the wide, wide world of sports has happened to us?  Heck, let’s not even keep score any more and call each game a tie, that way everyone can feel good about themselves.

Come on…do we get a do over?  Can we hit the reset button?

The Land Grant Trophy called and all it could do was laugh.

Iowa and Wisconsin play for a bull, and I guess you could call it artwork.  There was certainly craft that went into it’s creation…but it seemed to fit…it’s worth showcasing in a football trophy case.  It goes well with Floyd.

This?  Bring back the old CyHawk.  Yeah, I said it, and I couldn’t stand that trophy, as it looked like something you’d buy off the rack at Scheel’s, if they sold generic trophies.

I am sure that someone is going to send me an email or place a phone call to me about this, but it’s just my gut reaction…sometimes gut reactions are best left on the cutting room floor, but not for this..not when they decided to scrap tradition, even if that tradition didn’t look good, and they had a chance to do something else.

A grain bin, a tractor, a corn belt, a pig sticker…anything…except a real piece of art.

Oh, you think it’s just me?  Here are some comments sent to my twitter account from Iowa and Iowa State fans after they got their first glimpse:

OK I grew up on a farm & work in ag. That trophy is DUMB! Do something w/ a fball that looks like a corn cob if u want ag.-Jason McKibben

They should give that piece of **** to the loser of the game, so they have to live a year of embarrassment with it on display-Jesse Robertson

looks like a lawn ornament to me.. I can’t picture a 300lb lineman running across to hoist it after another Hawk victory! -Greg Moss

is that an Isabel Bloom? My mom loves those things…-Nathan Deklotz

How would you like to haul that hunk of metal into Pawnstars and find out u spent more in gas than it’s worth.-Andrew Fettkether

Maybe the LOSING team should take the trophy?  Or would that be too humiliating? – Todd Roush

that is a terrible trophy! Looks like it should be with the rest of the Precious Moments in the china cabinet.-Britt Nielsen

Seriously…puked in my mouth a little. I expect the winning team running over to grab it and stopping and staring at it – anonymous

You can’t run across the field to get it, you have to skip while holding hands – Jim Blakley

Mitch King would have ran across the field, grabbed it, and thrown it on the ground to stomp it! -Andy Scott

the best part will be when the winning team just walks off the field without running over to grab that abomination.-Josh Erickson

That looks like something you win for winning some reality show on Bravo!-Andy Scott

I could post about 50 more as of 15 minutes after the photo was released, but I will stop now, after posting this link to Cyclone fan reactions on CycloneFanatic.com

To close, I will simply say: I love the state of Iowa, I love what Iowa Corn does for farmers and I am thankful of the work farmers do for us.

But this aint intramurals brother, it’s college football.

  • Derek

    wow, just wow…..is there one college football fan that works for Iowa Corn??

  • Derek

    wow, just wow…..is there one college football fan that works for Iowa Corn??

  • Further001

    Worst Trophy Ever! Does the loser have to take this home? I hope we didn’t throw away that block of wood…

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  • BeatISU

    Haha. Great article. Although after laughing I am about to cry realizing we are still stuck with that retarded trophy every year after stomping ISU. Also I’m not really sure how family values and farming is really something unique to Iowa. Iowa may do it better but still nothing “unique”. Seems to be plenty of it in Illinois, Wisconsin,  Nebraska, Kansas, etc..Just sayin. 

    • Salukijd

      Please Iowa, lose the game on purpose.

    • THawki

      Are you kidding, BeatISU? Iowa is the ONLY STATE with family values of any kind? What could you be thinking?

  • Cbancroft83

    I really respect what farmers do for all of us also but this trophy just HAS to be a joke. You know it’s a horrendous decision when people are calling for the old Cy-Hawk Trophy (which gave cheesy a bad name) to be brought back. Go Hawks!!!

  • Cyclown

    If the Hero’s trophy is a 100 times better than this, it’ll be the second worst trophy ever!  :o   Iowa

  • haydensmustache

    Horrible. Put it at the historical building under the Iowa is still a hick state that picks corn by hand exhibit.

  • Cyclown
  • Howler

    Headline of this article should read: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

  • Howler

    Headline of this article should read: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

  • Kellijo71

    Crazy!! This is for a Football game…NOT for a corn growing or baking contest! I appreciate Iowa and its agriculture, but I Love Iowa football and this new trophy is an embarrassment! The old one was Much better….at least the winners wanted to carry it off the field!

  • http://twitter.com/Asshalo John

    It looks like something that should go in my grandma’s living room.

  • Hoffmann

    I’m afraid it reminds me of the art work on a fancy tombstone. Is it forecasting the eventual end of the IU – ISU fb series?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Hanson/1593747089 Scott Hanson

    I hope they bring back the old trophy.  I hated it, but it was better than that. I am going to be sick……..

  • IowaFan

    They must have contracted Willow Tree to create it as it looks like some of the figurines that I’ve bought for my wife.

  • Jhelas

    I now know what Moses felt like when he came down from the mountain and saw the statue his people had made.  I say we follow his example – burn it, crush it into powder, send it down the river, and pray that God will not strike either of our football teams down for that abomination!

  • Larry McLarryson

    Rippppppppped!

  • Pete Yore

    Seeeeeeeeya!!!!!!

  • Sjdenooy

    I say make a trophy of that corn mascot guy and use him.

  • MAD

    BARF

  • Will

    Instead of a trophy, how about a gift card to Hallmark?

  • Bradleyia

    Its a foot ball game. I could have picked that up at Precious Moments store. WTF!!!! I dont care if it is a football that looks like corn. Anything is better than this. I actually hope that players run and pick that up and “accidentally” drop it. If they wanted artwork that could have had ministatues of Nile Kinnick and Jack Trice. Herky and Cy with a football with Iowa Corn above. I would have liked to seen a statement “Where it all begins”.

  • Patty Glaser, Iowa Grad 1987

    This is almost as bad as the economy. It is an embarassment to both schools. I just cant believe it was approved. Did neither school get a say in the design? Or was it all about money. I would like to know who the designer was– some football hater? Iowa/ISU hater? seriously, it should never have made it past the design table. The corn growers could have had a contest with kids and created something better. I wouldnt put this on a mantle- it is too corny. There isnt an audience for this in football or any sport (maybe shucking corn?) MAYBE My 91 year old grandmother would like it for mothers day. We are being laughed at around the world for this– how humiliating.

  • Patty Glaser, Iowa Grad 1987

    This is almost as bad as the economy. It is an embarassment to both schools. I just cant believe it was approved. Did neither school get a say in the design? Or was it all about money. I would like to know who the designer was– some football hater? Iowa/ISU hater? seriously, it should never have made it past the design table. The corn growers could have had a contest with kids and created something better. I wouldnt put this on a mantle- it is too corny. There isnt an audience for this in football or any sport (maybe shucking corn?) MAYBE My 91 year old grandmother would like it for mothers day. We are being laughed at around the world for this– how humiliating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=831596483 Jefferson Reese

    Im gonna cry. Very bad trophy

  • Hawkeyeken

    Face it, as a football rivalry trophy it SUCKS, Big Time !  Not much else I can say about it.

  • Hawkeyesully

    I say a trophy should be a ‘Butter Trophy’ and displayed during the IA state fair.  It would be better than this…….thing.

  • hawkjunkie

    Oh my gawd…  WTF is that!?!  Please tell me that is the winner of the Cy-Hawk Crochet contest…

  • JCnIowa

    You’d think they could buy a clue from the Iowa Corn 250, also sponsored by Iowa Corn. At least a gas pump is at least somewhat relative to football! 

    • JCnIowa

      Make that AUTO RACING I meant! Bah! 

  • adenadel

    once iowa corn stops inhaling the methanol, I hope they actually change in response to this massive debacle ….unlike the big ten naming divisions. 

  • Guest

    That trophy is a good excuse to end the football series.

  • Tisb06

    This is a great trophy for Iowa State they lose the game and then get to humiliate Iowa by making them accept this joke.

  • Swineman

    This will surly end the CyHawk series. The winner will feel like loser after receiving that trophy. Give it to the school with the best art exhibits each year.

  • Kevin-lewis

    Just when I think they couldn’t get any dumber they go and make that. AND TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES!

  • Heath Shuman

    If there is going to be a trophy for this game it should have two pissed off birds facing each other and call it something like “the war bird memorial trophy” or “the beaked beat down” or “the winged massacre.”   The former trophy was bad but this is worse than atrocious.

    • Heath Shuman

      Or even “the feathered fury.”    The premise behind what they chose is nice and sweet and fluffy and all but this is a rival game and a bitter one at that.  The two schools are playing football, not checkers or hop scotch.  The CyHawk rivalry should be displayed not the nice good boy and every body wins kissy kissy artistically speaking cheese ball piece of metal that they stuck the athletes with.

  • Common_sense_please

    EPIC EPIC FAIL!!  Sorry corn grower’s association…you blew this one

  • Ted

    Great article.  After Iowa wins, they should just leave this piece of garbage behind in Ames.

  • Zach

    Atleast hawkeye fans and cyclone fans can both agree that the trophy SUCKS!!!

  • Flitzy4

    I cant wait till the thing is broken. Has Iowa football gotten that bad that we don’t talk about football anymore just sweet corn.

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