The Fran fade and the "awful" transfer portal

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So interesting.. I guess it all just depends on where everyone lives and luck / chance! I just hope people aren’t strictly basing their friends off of the college team they cheer for.
I base my friends on things we have in common and that I like to be around. Hence most Iowa fans are insufferable so I don't like to be around them. Similar to people who are actively opposite of political beliefs, I don't want to hang around you and listen to your nonsense so I won't.
 

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This. Not sure where he lives, but I'm on the eastern border of the state, and have way more personal connections who are Hawk fans than Cyclone fans. I do try to at least find people that I would consider friends who are neutral/oblivious if they aren't Cyclone fans though.
Most of my friends are Hawk fans. It's not like we sit around and talk Iowa v. ISU all day. Hardly ever, actually.
 

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I base my friends on things we have in common and that I like to be around. Hence most Iowa fans are insufferable so I don't like to be around them. Similar to people who are actively opposite of political beliefs, I don't want to hang around you and listen to your nonsense so I won't.
Hmm. My friends and I rarely discuss Iowa State and Iowa to be honest. That is unless we’re tailgating at the ISU-Iowa game. We mostly discuss trending things in college athletics and then professional sports.

I truly get my fix of the banter here.
 

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My misguided younger brother lives in IC and drinks the black and Gold Kool Aid. He graduated UNI, but fell for the biased media indoctrination of NE Iowa. It truly is amazing that most Hok fans never attended school there.
 

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Maybe if ISU had that following they would be more popular like the Hawks?!
They are these days. Back when he attended UNI, you could only get Hoks news. Heck, when I was a kid and tuned into the sports on the news, you didn't even know ISU existed. The media loved pumping up the Hoks... and that was even before Hayden showed up.
 

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Whenever I make it back to Iowa these days, there is far more ISU gear to be seen than even 10 years ago. It has noticeably shifted.
 

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ISU only wants fans that went to the school.
That’s not true. Lol this whole thing stems from the fact that Iowa won the popularity contest back in the day and it continues to carry over today where people who’ve never stepped foot on Iowa’s campus say “we” and “us” when talking about the Hawkeyes.

So as Iowa State fans, actually going to the school, graduating there, etc feels more special and genuine. Nowadays though, especially with Iowa State getting better at football, the fandom is spreading more and doesn’t have to be carried on from someone who went to the school.
 
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Whenever I make it back to Iowa these days, there is far more ISU gear to be seen than even 10 years ago. It has noticeably shifted.
Definitely. A large chunk of the state is 50/50 at worst. Some areas are stronger ISU. The eastern belt is where the Hawkeyes still have a tighter grip. Cedar Rapids and NE Iowa are the spots that ISU is starting to gain some ground though.
 
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Maybe if ISU had that following they would be more popular like the Hawks?!
I actually like where both schools are at.. If you look up Iowa State football articles in ESPN they’re mostly about our preseason top 10 football team and us winning the Fiesta Bowl.

If you do the same for Iowa you get a bunch of articles regarding Iowa’s racial discrimination lawsuit. I guess bad publicity is good though right?
 
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Food for thought:

Given the sensitivity to Native American names and sports teams these days, how long before Iowa drops the Hawkeyes and goes straight to Hawks? Of course I am assuming the school adopted their name from the famous Native American Indian Chief.