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    What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    I was reading the forum on how people became Iowa State fans and it got me wondering, what is it like for people living outside of the state to be cyclones. Do natives make fun? (as i assume they would in the southeast) or do they have a look of puzzlement on their face like "theres an Iowa State University!?"


    Just wondering so i know what to expect if i ever move away from Iowa.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by StateThrowdown View Post
    I was reading the forum on how people became Iowa State fans and it got me wondering, what is it like for people living outside of the state to be cyclones. Do natives make fun? (as i assume they would in the southeast) or do they have a look of puzzlement on their face like "theres an Iowa State University!?"


    Just wondering so i know what to expect if i ever move away from Iowa.
    Living in Texas, everyone knows Iowa State, but they don't give them much thought, particularly in football. Nobody really makes fun, they just basically couldn't care less about the Cyclones.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    I live about 15 miles from Ann Arbor (University of Michigan) so there is little recognition of the Big 12 let alone Iowa State. Whenever I go into a store selling collegiate apparel I try to mention to the clerk that it appears they've sold out of the Iowa State merchandise again. I don't get belligerent though even though I usually have to explain the difference between Iowa State and a hawkeye. I also think the Detroit Free Press has something against IState. They rarely carry the ISU game scores and practically never carry a game description. Even when the #22 ISU WBB team beat a top ten KSU team the Free Press didn't mention the game in the section designed for Top 25 WBB Results. It may only be coincidence that the managing editor for the Free Press previously held the same job at the Des Moines Register; then again, it may not be a coincidence.


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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    I'm stuck in the middle of little 11 country. But having directv helps so I hardly ever miss a game, football or basketball.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    Nobody really cared about us in the Pacific Northwest, just think about how much you care about the Pac10 aside from USC. I had the benefit of working for a company based in Des Moines (which I still do now that I'm back) so they at least knew Iowa existed.

    If you're thinking of moving out of state, I would get online at isualum.org and find a local cyclone club in the area. Most major cities at least have a gamewatch club.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    It is not fun. Being in SEC/ACC country I get the best of both football and basketball. Every conversation starts out with "this is the south, you don't know football." This doesn't stop me from still sporting every piece of cyclone gear I have in South Carolina. Whenever I tailgate at USC I am always wearing some kind of cardinal and gold. It will be nice to be back in cyclone country in five months though.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    I'll find the occasional ISU gear here in eastern WI and I've ran into maybe 4 other Clone fans in the last 10 years.

    As for getting any grief, my dentist went to Iowa, so she tends to give me a hard time when I wear my ISU gear, but that's about it.

    The nearest game watches are an hour away, so I make do with internet radio and of course CycloneFanatic.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    Most people I run into have no clue what or where ISU is. Even when I go to A&M, UT, Baylor and other areas of Texas that are heavy in Big12 they don't even know ISU is in the Big12. We are trully irrelevant in the eyes of almost all in the Texas areas that I've been in.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    Down here in Florida they have never heard of Iowa State.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    I found ISU gear in Cork, Ireland. And the local students there knew of Iowa State University, my only guess is through study abroad programs.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    Oh it is kind of rough for me. When I tell them I'm a Cyclone fan when discussing football, for example, they say "They have a football team?" just trying to be facetious. I conjure up what is left of my pride and say "You bet we do!"


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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    Quote Originally Posted by NIowaClone View Post
    Oh it is kind of rough for me. When I tell them I'm a Cyclone fan when discussing football, for example, they say "They have a football team?" just trying to be facetious. I conjure up what is left of my pride and say "You bet we do!"
    Well, if you're in Washington like your profile says, I'd just say, "Yeah, we sucked and still had as many wins as Washington and Wazzu combined!"



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    Living down here Marietta, Georgia, most Bulldog fans think I am a Hawkeye fan. I explain the difference. The Georgia Tech fans seem to be more knowledgeable and more willing to listen. The Georgia fans do this ******** "Bark" after moking the state of Iowa.... I'm sure you have all seen it on the commercial were the family is out on the deck firing up the barbeque grill. The "bark" sounds like... "arrruu arrruuHH!!" and they make ******** faces, is comical. Anyway, just my 0.02.



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    Depending on where in the country you are, most people will know about whatever conference is predominant in their area. I've said this before, if you wear ISU apparel anywhere in the country, it will not take very long before some random person says to you "Hey Iowa State!" or "Cyclones!".



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    Re: What is it Like Being an ISU fan outside of Iowa?

    The thing I don't understand is most people outside of Iowa have no clue we've had some success in football recently. I realize making a bowl isn't that hard, but plenty of other programs didn't go to 5 in 6 years like we did. For whatever reason, people barely know ISU plays D1 football.

    There is a certain amount of respect for our basketball, or atleast there was. Basketball fans know about Tinsley and Fizer.



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