I have been upstaged. I was going to announce the winning entry to name the Tennessee Tech-Iowa football game today (that will wait until Monday), but then they went and unveiled the new Cy-Hawk Trophy at the Iowa State Fair.
And the replacement for the much-maligned old Cy-Hawk is truly … strange. It’s a farm family talking after a day of work. Nothing says “rivalry football game” like that.
The trophy reflects Iowa values. That’s what was announced at its unveiling Friday with its corporate sponsors there to celebrate it. OK, that makes sense.
Wait. No, it doesn’t make sense. This thing is a college football trophy? It’s more like a scene from “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Seriously, though. Can the Big Ten and Iowa (you share an equal blame in this one, Iowa State) be part of a new trophy, division name or rivalry-game name that isn’t pompous or ridiculous? Don’t be surprised if Floyd of Rosedale high-tails it toward the Boundary Waters to get away from his new fellow Legends and Leaders and Heroes and the sort.