Today is like Christmas Eve to me and thousands others across the state of Iowa. There is very little that makes me as happy as attending a game at Kinnick Stadium on fall Saturdays.
The tailgating, the city, the people and, of course, the electric atmosphere, all make Kinnick like a second home to thousands of Iowans for six or seven Saturdays a year. There is nothing I would change about Kinnick. Well...almost.
I know a lot of fuss has been made about the possibility of putting the Iowa logo, the Iowa Tigerhawk, on the water tower overlooking historic Kinnick Stadium. Yeah, that would be nice. I wouldn't complain about that. But here is a better idea I have heard very little about: How about midfield?
Only three Big Ten teams do not have a logo at midfield: Penn State, Purdue and Iowa. That's it. Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State...all have logos. Even Minnesota's new stadium and Northwestern's old stadium have logos.
I brought this up to somebody a couple weeks ago, and the argument against it was "tradition." I am all about tradition. I am an alumnus of the University of Iowa and love the history surrounding the stadium and Iowa City in general, but a bare midfield is not tradition. It just isn't.
If we were so worried about tradition concerning the playing surface, then why did the end zones get painted black two years ago? I have not met one person who dislikes the black end zones. I think they are fantastic. If we wanted to stay all natural, a la Notre Dame, then there shouldn't be any logos or colors in the end zones. But there is, and I love it.
The black end zones have been a hit. A giant Tigerhawk at midfield would be equally well-received. If anybody saw that large block "I" that the freshmen students formed at Kinnick a week or two ago, they would have to agree that even looked pretty cool. An Iowa logo staring us right in the face would be even better.
I love Kinnick. I've gone to some extremes to get tickets into the historic stadium to see the Hawks play. This is the one thing I am asking for. Let's join the 21st century as far as the 50-yard line is concerned. Bring the Tigerhawk to midfield. Trust me, the fans will love it.