Greatest Gut Punch Bracket

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spierceisu

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I know WHOTV did a greatest moments in Iowa sports history. Now they are doing the Greatest Gut punch bracket. I see selections as they happen day to day, but is there somewhere to see the entire bracket? I am just curious what all is on the bracket.
 

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I know WHOTV did a greatest moments in Iowa sports history. Now they are doing the Greatest Gut punch bracket. I see selections as they happen day to day, but is there somewhere to see the entire bracket? I am just curious what all is on the bracket.
Available here -- scroll down and it shows zoomed closeups of each "region."

Iowa's Greatest Gut Punch Bracket
 

CyGuy5

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Honestly that bracket seems pretty lame IMO. Maybe I’m just numb to kicks to the nuts from Iowa State at this point
 

khardbored

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Maybe I shouldn't ask but ... remind me, what was the significance of the 2004 Football loss to Mizzou? (Is that the one where we missed a last second field goal or point after?)
 

CyclonesRock

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ISU fans need a 64 team bracket of their own to list all of the gut punches we've endured over the years.

Two things glaringly missing from the ISU bracket were the Texas game screwing and the K-State penalty/wait "there is no flag on the play" game. Those two are permanently etched in my mind.

The Hampton and UCLA NCAA tourney losses could both be lumped together as we lost in almost identical circumstances. Taking the lead with just seconds to go and letting them inbound, drive the length of the floor, and get a layup to win the game.
 

CycloneRulzzz

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ISU fans need a 64 team bracket of their own to list all of the gut punches we've endured over the years.

Two things glaringly missing from the ISU bracket were the Texas game screwing and the K-State penalty/wait "there is no flag on the play" game. Those two are permanently etched in my mind.

The Hampton and UCLA NCAA tourney losses could both be lumped together as we lost in almost identical circumstances. Taking the lead with just seconds to go and letting them inbound, drive the length of the floor, and get a layup to win the game.
Another is the ku 3 between isu ft's. Never forget that one either.
 

CYdTracked

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2004 and 2005 FB seasons could have been lumped into 1 entry as both ended with missed FGs that could have put us in the Big 12 championship game. I think it is seeded just right considering what playing in that game would have meant for the program at the time
 

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Those big 12 north choke jobs sting but knowing that Colorado lost both of those games 42-3 and 70-3 respectively takes a little bit out. I especially wouldn't have wanted anything to do with Vince Young and Texas in '05.
 

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Those big 12 north choke jobs sting but knowing that Colorado lost both of those games 42-3 and 70-3 respectively takes a little bit out. I especially wouldn't have wanted anything to do with Vince Young and Texas in '05.
This. It suck to not have an an opportunity but getting the doors blow off and looking like we shouldn’t have even been on the same field is something that would not have a warm and fuzzy memory. I was super pissed after that KU game though at the time.
 

cyclones500

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Those big 12 north choke jobs sting but knowing that Colorado lost both of those games 42-3 and 70-3 respectively takes a little bit out. I especially wouldn't have wanted anything to do with Vince Young and Texas in '05.
I'd still trade the risk of a beatdown if it meant having a division title (or two) --- at least we'd KNOW how ISU fared in the B12 championship game.

I doubt ISU would've contended seriously either time, but I still maintain the '05 team would not have lost to UT by even close to 67 points.
 
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JM4CY

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I'd still trade the risk of a beatdown if it meant having a division title (or two) --- at least we'd KNOW how ISU fared in the B12 championship game.

I doubt ISU would've contended seriously either time, but I still maintain the '05 team would not have lost to UT by even close to 67 points.
I agree. That Colorado team was a wounded duck.
 

Drew0311

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Those big 12 north choke jobs sting but knowing that Colorado lost both of those games 42-3 and 70-3 respectively takes a little bit out. I especially wouldn't have wanted anything to do with Vince Young and Texas in '05.
we would have got smoked. I was mad until I watched the big 12 game and thought we might be better off not playing
 

MeanDean

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3 Others that us old-timers remember with pain:

The end of season loss to OSU in 1976 which meant not going to the Orange Bowl was quite a sting. Even with the loss ISU ended the season at 8-3 and ranked 19th. But NO bowl invite. So went from potential Orange Bowl game to nothing.

And the missed extra point against Nebraska in 1972 ending the game in a tie should be on there too.

Not to mention the 1981 tie 7-7 versus OU. Had the ball inside the 10 and Crutchfield evidently did not give his best effort to run it in. Ended up missing the field goal that would have won the game
 

cyclones500

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Cyclone bracket final should be msu loss vs niang breaks foot
As the bracket is seeded, that's a legitimate stance. But to me, Niang-Foot may be slightly over-seeded. His injury probably hindered a realistic shot at a F4 run, but to me its impact is less gut-punchy than some of the others. It didn't affect outcome of that game and ISU also advanced to Sweet 16 without him vs. UNC.

If I was seeding the bracket, I might put it in the 4 vs 5 and move one of the Big 12 North Title Whiffs into #3 slot.
 

madguy30

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This. It suck to not have an an opportunity but getting the doors blow off and looking like we shouldn’t have even been on the same field is something that would not have a warm and fuzzy memory. I was super pissed after that KU game though at the time.
I listened to the '04 game on the radio and the missed field goal was the most stunned I've heard John Walters to the day, and he's had plenty to be stunned about.

I just remember in the '05 KU game there was one weird call that went against ISU and that was pretty much it. Weird situations were one thing, watching a team let it affect them to failure was worse.
 

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