Nebraska game in Ames 2 years ago. Everyone remembers the unfortunate outcome, but the game was so close, the feeling in the air that night was more of "we're good enough to have won that game" rather than disappointment over the loss. Crazy atmosphere that night; the closest atmposphere to an Iowa game that I can remember. The crew was DEEP that night--I'm talking like 10 of us. Usually in that situation, there's at least one of us who doesn't drink for whatever reason--that wasn't the case that evening. I'm the type of dude who when they see a fight or two guys arguing like idiots I think it's the dumbest thing ever because I never get into fights or shouting matches on Welch or anywhere--I almost got into 2 fights that night.
Also VEISHEA 2011. I had graduated in December of 2010 and came back up for that. Won't get into the details of that night but I'll say the houseparty I was at was pretty fun
I went to ISU during the Fizer/Tinsley years so there was a lot to celebrate, but probably the wildest was when we finally beat Iowa in football after the decade plus not to be named. Even though the game was in Iowa City, Ames just exploded. And the Ames PD did a great job of letting people party as long as they were safe without cracking down too much. Totally avoided a riot. I remember being in the bed of a pickup with a tapped keg and the police just made sure the driver wasn't drinking and sent us on our way.
Not saying idiocy of students wasn't also to blame but I don't think we'd ever have seen VEISHEA cancelled if the PD had learned from that particular day. Cracking down hard only seems to exacerbate things. That day they just kept things under control without going overboard.
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