We grew up cyclones first but didnt hate Iowa. My grandpa took us to the Iowa - Ohio St. Game when osu was ranked #1 just because he was a fan of sports and good football. He played for ISU in the 30's and his dad and uncle played for Oregon on the 1917 rosebowl team so we always rooted for the ducks as well. My inlaws are hawkeyes but they have softened up to the clones a lot the last couple years even going to some games with us. Wierd because their parents all are or were clones. My wifes grandma loves me because I am the only cyclone in her family still alive (though my wife has converted to the good guys)
My immediate family are all Hawk fans. But all of my family on my moms side are big Cyclone fans, so they were working on me early. I've been a Cyclone fan all my life, partially from the influence of my cousins/uncles and partially because I was a stubborn kid who wanted to be different. 100% sure I made the right choice!
My parent's last car used to have 3 bumper stickers on it and my dad always joked "the one on the left is where I went to school, the one on the right is where my wife when to school, and the one in the middle is where my money went to school." Those schools: dad graduated from Ohio State (well The Ohio State University as he is quick to point out, he was born and raised in Ohio so he's proud of that) and he got his master's from Penn State as well so he can technically claim them too but OSU is by far where his passion is at. Mom graduated from Illinois (also born and raised in Illinois) and the sticker in the middle is where my brother and I both graduated from: Iowa State!
So there is all kinds of good-natured heckling that goes on with all of us depending on how each school's team is doing but Dad usually wins out most of the team with Ohio State being consistently good in most major sports in a given year. This year the Ohio State vs Iowa State in the NCAA tourney was probably the first time in a long time we've had our schools cross paths in a meaningful post season game. Mom and dad get enough bragging rights on a yearly basis since their schools are from the same conference but it's not often we get to heckle them because Iowa State is playing them.
My wife, daughter, son, and daughter-in-law are all huge Hawk fans. My daughter married a huge husker fan. I try to be loyal to all Iowa schools. I attended McCarney, Chizek and Rhoads first games. Rushed the field after McCarneys first game. My son was 10 at the time and he thought we were going to get put in jail. My dad, son, brother and I went to NCAA tourney games at Dome in 2000 to watch clones and had a blast. My dad will wear a hawk hat one day and a clone hat the next. I regularly attend hawk bowl games. Would not spend that money to go watch clones, but pull for them while watching tv. My wife and kids no longer care much either way about clones now. Mostly because of the internet bashing. I still pull for them, though not as strongly as before.
My Dad went to ISU in the 60's and a big ISU fan (thanks for the yearly FB tickets Dad!). So, we're all Cyclone fans. He always said that my brother, sister, and I could come home unless we came home a Hawkeye or a Lawer. (He is dead serious on that!)
My dad's side cousins all went to ISU (even the one from Omaha). My mom's side isn't into sports.
My wife's family is Cyclones in part because of me. A couple cousins on her side that dind't go to college (which accurately implies they are uofi fans).
I am pretty lucky/protected to be with family dominated by ISU fans.
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