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'THE' game

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 8:04 AM

The CyHawk Game is an annual tradition anticipated by virtually the entire state of Iowa.

Avid fans make sure to don their colors, days prior to the big showdown between the two universities. Fans gather around any television that can be found in their vicinity the day of the game, so that they can hoop and holler to either cheer their team on or curse the other. It can be quite the spectacle if you haven't ever witnessed true fans - they can recite the names of their team's past and present players and consider them family.

Personally I am a Hawkeye fan but not one that considers it earth shattering whether they win or lose. I think my kinship to the Hawks had been passed on from family members that are avid fans and that do consider it earth shattering whether they win or lose. I do like watching a good game and I do get a bit excited when my team scores, but I don't shed tears when they lose. I do know a few names of the players. I have a few family members that can recite names and stats and probably can tell you the color of their eyes. I must admit however that I do have a couple of family members that can do the same with the opposing team!

This year some of my family gathered at the home of the only directly related family members that professes love for Iowa State. Needless to say there was some innocent heckling done. The majority of us were dressed in our Hawkeye gear, right down to the youngest fan, 2 1/2 month old Brayden. It was quite the sight to see so much black and yellow with a tiny bit of cardinal and gold mixed in.

The game was somewhat stressful for both sides. There were a few "are you kidding me" or "here we go" just to end in another "are you kidding me!" We would toss a few, "did you see that?" followed by the evil laughs, when a good play ended favorably. In the end however the minority were thrilled and the rest of us were left a bit in dismay. We just could not believe that they beat us once more.

When all was said and done, and the cameras were panning the Hawkeye players, one stood out no only because he was visibly disappointed in the loss, but because Irecognized #96 - Mike Meyer. I had received a call from Brian Meyer, Mike's dad, regarding my stepson's accident earlier this year which left him paralyzed. Brian had offered to help getting Hawkeye items for the benefit that we had planned. Mike had signed a football not only with his signature but an inspiring message and sent it to Michael, a virtual stranger but true Hawkeye fan. What an amazing gift, but the story doesn't lie in that football that Michael is so very proud of, it lies in the panning of the Hawkeye lineup. It lies on the wrist of the young man with such a big heart.

At the end of the evening there was no divided household in the home of the Cyclone fans. We were all proud and uplifted. You see on the wrist of #96 was a "Team Schroed" bracelet that we had sent to the Meyer family as a thank you for not only the football but the prayers of healing and encouragement. At that point it really didn't matter to us who won or who lost. Such a small thing, that band was such a big deal to all of us.

In the end, football and team spirit are great, but when you have such a caring spirit within a team player that is what makes them even greater!

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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