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    IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    I don't mean to be debbie downer here, but one of my best friends has died. Some of you here on the forum thought he was a ringer because of the Michigan State helmet that he had in his signature. I used to be on the CycloneNation website, but haven't gotten around to joining here until now. Al moved here from Michigan around 12 years ago, and I claimed him for the Cyclone Nation. He has been coming to games with me for the last 12 years and loved the Clones. Being a Spartan fan, he understood full well the big brother - little brother relationship of Iowa and Iowa State, and he already had a natural aversion to Iowa. He loved the same helmet design that i do....unfortunately it was associated with the Jim Criner debacle. And yes, if he ever spoke up to defend Jim Walden's time here, he got it from me. It seems that some folks here confuse the two coaches.

    As a football fan, Al had great respect for the MAC, WAC, and Mountain West,.....all conferences that have shocked us. One of his favorite phrases was, "Beware the MAC!" I wish you could have known him. He was a great guy, and a true Cyclone fan.

    When the home and away deal with the service academies over 10 years was signed, he was excited about seeing them here, or possibly even for a road trip. I was 62 at the time, and Al was 18 years younger. I said, "Al, do you realize, in ten years, i'mna be 72 years old?! You're gonna have to wheel me up and down these ramps by then!"


    So, if ya see an old guy in the stands at the Missouri game with a Spartan cap and a tear in his eye, it'll prolly be me.


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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    great post and I wish you well in your grieving process. Always tough to lose a close friend but as you said...he's cheering from a better place



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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    Sorry to hear about your loss.


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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    Sorry to hear of the loss. Sounds like a pretty good guy. Lots here think that Walden was such a bad coach but Criner imo was even worse. Every time that guy said "We played our fannies off" sent shivers up my spine.


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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    Sorry about your loss ! Thank you for sharing ! Rest In Peace Al.



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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    you and your friend are both in a good place, whether you each realize it or not. a place of remebrance...i lost a close family member and Cyclone awhile back...growing up in eastern iowa is tough with the anti-ISU sentiments and i was born a hawkeye and was only eventually accepted as a Cyclone. This can be a second family. I love Cyclone Nation. Not cuz it's some BS advertising slogan...but bcuz it's a reality. We're here with you, sorry for your lose. Remember the best!



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    Prayers and peace be with you.


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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    Thanks for the story and sorry about losing a friend.



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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    Sorry for your loss! It's never easy to lose a friend.



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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    "This day couldn't get much better! All my boys won today!

    Go State!!!! Go Cyclones!!!!"


    His last post. Sorry for your loss, sounded like a great guy. RIP.



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    Re: IAm4State will be cheering from a new location...

    thanks everybody!



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