Iowa Tigerhawk Belongs at 50-Yard Line of Kinnick Stadium

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Iowa Tigerhawk Belongs at 50-Yard Line of Kinnick Stadium
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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.

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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.

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