I'm not saying the current trophy doesn't mean anything. But I don't see why a nicer one that has something to do with Iowa and Iowa State on the top wouldn't mean as much as the current one.
Trophies have changed in rivalries, and the rivalries haven't diminished in anyway. The Badgers and Gophers still fight as hard for the Axe as they did for the Slab of Bacon. And while it's only a year old, I don't think Northwestern players won't fight as hard for the 'Land of Lincoln Trophy' as they would the old 'Sweet Sioux Tomahawk'.
So no one knows the story of how a Ames resident&ISU fan created the trophy back when the rivalry was being renewed and as he thought needed a trophy? Say what you want about it, but at least it is our trophy (created by a Cyclone). No EIU fan can say that. Don't ruin the tradition of a 'nobody' making a mark in the collegiate game.
To be honest, the only thing I knew about the origin was that it was donated by The Greater Des Moines Athletic Club, which apparently doesn't exist anymore.
“It’s my recollection that it was just a bunch of guys sitting around a bar one night, and they decided the teams ought to play for something,” said Buck Turnbull, a sportswriter who covered Iowa college athletics for 41 years (1952-1993) at the Des Moines Register.
“So they dreamed up this Cy-Hawk Trophy. I’ve only seen it from a distance, but I don’t think it’s much too look at.”
Cy-Hawk talk | GazetteOnline.com
Yeah, it's the Morehouse. Yeah, it's the Gazette. Yeah, it's biased. Get over it.
Well, the Cy-Hawk trophy is going to have to be retired at some point. We will eventually run out of space for the scores of each game. Plus, people carrying the thing around and partying with it, is hard on it. It will eventually just need to be retired due to age. See the football almost falling off.
A new trophy will be needed at some point. Now is as good a time as ever.
Additionally, yes, theres been a lot of work gone into getting the existing trophy over the years. But sometimes you have to move forward. Just like we progressed forward out of Clyde Williams and the Armory into Jack Trice and Hilton, where there was just as much put in in those facilities by our players, there is a time to move on. The cy-hawk trophy is long overdue for this.