Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hawkeye Fans Come Down with a Case of Premature Celebration

As the game clock showed 0:00, thousands of Iowa Hawkeye fans stormed the field to celebrate their 30-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night.

Iowa, undefeated and ranked #12 in the country, narrowly beat a young, unranked Michigan team that turned the ball over 5 times.

I’m all for fans getting behind their teams and celebrating a victory, but last night seemed a little over the top. If the circumstances were different, then I could understand Iowa fans wanting to celebrate on the field with their team.

But they weren’t different. Iowa had everything going for them. They were playing at home. Their players are bigger, faster, and stronger. Iowa is just a much better team than Michigan is right now. Before last nights game, Iowa’s defense hadn’t allowed a rushing touchdown since last November. Going into last nights game, Michigan hadn’t allowed a rushing touchdown since last Saturday at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

If this was a game that decided the National or Big Ten Championship, then I could understand Iowa fans wanting to rush the field after the game. However, this was a narrow victory over an inferior opponent in the middle of the season.

I appreciate the enthusiasm of the Iowa fans last night, but the dash onto the field last night seemed a bit premature. Wait until you actually win a game that means something Hawkeye fans…like the Big Ten Championship.

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