‘Twas the Night Before Football

‘Twas the night before football, when all through the state

Not a Cyclone was stirring, not even Rob Gray

The grills and coolers were packed up with care

Because tailgate season would soon be there

The children were nestled all snug in their beds

While visions of Seneca danced in their heads

And Mama in her ISU sweater, and I in my cap

Had just settled our brains for our last pre-season nap

All around Cyclone Nation there rose such a clatter

It was talk of bowls, and opposing team’s dreams ISU would soon shatter

Away from Welch Ave students flew like a flash

Time to rest up before the student section’s mad dash

There was much tailgating to do before that though

You see it’s a night game and parties are one thing Cyclone fans know

The lots were still before the fans would appear

In their RVs and trucks ready to cheer

All knew in a moment kickoff would come quick

Brian Peavy was ready to get his fourth career pick

More rapid than Sooners Coach Campbell’s players came

He whistled and shouted and called them by name

“Now! Jacob, now! Joel, now! Kamari and Jake,

“On! Allen, on! Willie, on! David and Chase;

“From Sukup to Jake let’s move the ball

“Now look to Coach Manning and get the right call!”

As many a Cyclone before ever did try

A winning season may come, the time might be right

So up to Jack Trice the fans they flew

With cars full of alcohol — oh, and kids too:

And then from the stadium came such a sound

The sirens were sounding over the manicured ground

A Mike Warren touchdown, they fired the cannon

The crowd was so loud it could be heard from Larch to Buchanan

Jon Heacock’s defense was flying and making tackles

Depth on the D-Line allowed for all new wrinkles

The opponent was down, their will was broken

Ghosts of Cyclones past had finally awoken

From Amundson to Troy and all in between

This was the best collection of skill players this program had seen

Tall receivers, big backs and a gunslinger with skill

They fulfilled Jack’s prophecy of “I will.”

An upset win, the fans filled the field and ever meandered

Because 2017 is time to raise the standard

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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