I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
I had the strangest dream. I dreamt that Northern Iowa beat Iowa State in football. And I don’t mean in a fluky, last-second hail mary kind of way but in a physically dominant, shove the ball down your throat kind of way. It was scary to think that an FCS team, even one as good as UNI has been in the last decade, could push ISU around with ease. Thank goodness for Cyclones fans it was only a dream. I mean, could you image they meltdown the collective fanbase would experience if such a thing happened?
Wait, what? That wasn’t a dream? You mean 58,000 fans sat in weather that felt like 100 degrees to watch their team lose to their cousins from Cedar Falls? Dang. That was real, wasn’t it?
All too real for ISU fans. But you know what? These things happen from time to time. I know, I know, ISU fans think such a loss should never, ever happen in a million years. Of course, I remember when Iowa and Nebraska fans felt the same way about losing to ISU. It certainly isn’t a good omen for the season, for sure, but it doesn’t mean the sky is falling exactly. A step back for the ISU program shouldn’t be surprising considering how young the team is this year. There will be some growing pains and this may be one. On the other hand, can we truly rule out a bowl yet? I wouldn’t. The task certainly got a big tougher with a loss in non-conference play, but I’ve doubted the Cyclones could get to a bowl in each of Paul Rhoads’ first four seasons and he’s led them to the post season three times. And you never know, there may be another stunning upset waiting to happen. That’s the great thing about college football. You just never know when a team will rise up and get that win nobody saw coming. Just ask the Panthers.