Tag:Cy-Hawk Trophy
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 12:05 pm

You can vote on Iowa and Nebraska's new trophy

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Iowa and Nebraska are set to kick off a brand new rivalry this year as part of Nebraska's entry into the Big Ten, and the two teams have announced a Heroes Game theme to the annual contest, which is scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving.

When the Heroes Game was announced, one of the things that was conspicuously missing was the trophy itself; athletic directors Tom Osborne of Nebraska and Gary Barta of Iowa merely said that the trophy would be announced at a later date. That date is today -- sort of -- as Nebraska and Iowa have released a website where fans can vote on their favorite design for this November's trophy.

UPDATE: Although the NebraskaIowaTrophy.com website is legitimate and does represent a Nebraska-Iowa trophy, this will not be the official Heroes Game trophy; it is a student body trophy in a joint effort by Nebraska's Innocents Society and Iowa's President's Leadership Society. The website of the trophy has since been updated to more accurately reflect that this is a student body trophy, and we are grateful to have heard from the Innocents Society who provided some much-needed clarification.

Two things: on one hand, it appears the two schools' societies learned a valuable lesson from the failed Iowa-Iowa State trophy by putting the final design in the hands of the fans. On the other, it also appears they learned nothing from the failed Iowa-Iowa State trophy because all of these ideas are agriculture-related too. Observe:



Obviously, the pitchfork is the right choice here and it's not even close. There are two acceptable ideas for a corn-related trophy, and neither of them are represented here. If you must use a corn theme, the trophy either has to be A: a giant brass kernel of corn, because trophies are meant to be giant, brass, and hoisted, or B: a football opening up with a giant cob of corn inside it. EMBRACE THE THEME.

At the very least, though, there are no children on any of these trophy ideas, so this is a step up in that respect. But corn, guys? Again? Corn's not worth fighting over -- not in a state like Iowa or Nebraska, anyway.
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 4:09 pm

Cy-Hawk Trophy scrapped, fan input solicited

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The voice of football fans in the state of Iowa has been heard, and as a result, the new Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Trophy (seen at right) is no more. Four days after the trophy's unveiling -- to nearly universal derision -- officials from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and Iowa Corn held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that the trophy will not be used for the Iowa-ISU game on September 10 or any games thereafter.

The officials announced that future ideas for the trophy would be solicited from the public, and that the public would be part of the selection process as well. That's obviously a lengthy process -- not one that can be expected to be fully implemented in the 18 days between today's press conference and the September 10 game. At the same time, fans don't want the trophy on the sidelines even once, and this current trophy is clearly not an option.

The solution: an interim trophy, to be used once in next month's game while the permanent trophy is being made. Yes, an interim rivalry trophy. This is what college football has come to, we suppose.

As for the design of the new permanent trophy, we'll reiterate our support for a giant, half-open ear of corn where it's a football on the inside of a husk. Footballs pretending to be food are always entertaining. It's scientific fact.
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:31 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 3:42 pm

The new Iowa-ISU trophy is the absolute worst

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.
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