Iowa Select is a "House Divided"

posted on Saturday, September 9, 2017

The city of Ames nearly doubled in size today to welcome football fans from across the state for the much anticipated CyHawk Showdown, a football game between the Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes that has become an annual and much-anticipated tradition for fans of all ages.

Before the sun even rose this morning, waves of cardinal, gold and black were bustling into town to setup their grills, speakers and yard games to celebrate a fun day of football.

If you watched the game, you probably saw that our beloved Cyclones didn’t come home with the win, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t put up a heck of a fight quarter-after-quarter. In fact, the Cyclones led nearly half the game down to the final minutes but it was the Hawkeye offense that was able to sneak past our D-line in overtime, surpassing the Cyclones with a final score of 44-41.

Like many households in the state, our employee base seemed to be a “house divided” with just as many Hawkeye fans in attendance as there were Cyclones. And to make it even more exciting, there was an ongoing bet between sow farm managers (and Hawkeye fans) Lance Lawrence and Shawn Chaplin between Noel Williams, a die-hard Cyclone fan. “We’ve had this going for a couple of years now,” chuckled Lance. “Last year Noel had to fly a Hawkeye flag in his yard for a year and I’ve got to say, it was pretty great driving by seeing that. I’m not quite sure he felt the same.”

This year, the bet was that whomever lost would have to wear a shirt for the opposing team and it looks like Noel is going to be sporting black and gold at the next company meeting. “I was nervous there at the end that Lance and I might be getting the short end of the stick,” said Shawn. “But thankfully the Hawkeyes pulled through! I think the big win today though is that everyone had fun and we were able to spend quality time together outside of work.”

Go Cyclones!