By: Mia Laube @Mia_Laube21 [Newspaper Editor]
The Iowa Hawkeye football team has had a great season, and it seems like everyone in the universe minus Colin Cowherd jumped on the black and gold bandwagon this year. That is, until they went from an undefeated record to having one loss. Then, the real and fake fans show their true colors.
Fans can get very emotional about their team. Just last year, everyone was calling for Kirk Ferentz to be fired, and this year they’re proud of their beloved coach of the year. They can change their mind like the subject of a certain Katy Perry song. Most real Hawk fans, though, stuck by the side of the team and viewed the season in a positive way.
Also, the two groups separated themselves on Twitter- some “supporters” tweeted pro-Michigan State things just to rile up the ones who really cared. It seemed like some people were less interested in the success of the Hawks, and more interested in how much attention they could generate on social media. Plenty of people who are true-blue fans said good things about the team, and even though they lost, the Hawkeyes gained a lot of respect from football fans everywhere. Well, most.
Many who are not Iowa fans did not give the team the credit some Iowans think they deserve for the season, saying they had weak strength of schedule and did not have the talent to be a top-ranked team. Iowa may not bring in crazily athletic kids or surefire Heisman winners all the time like Alabama or big teams, but all of their players are purely hard workers who have to earn everything. The Iowa coaches like Ferentz and Hayden Fry had to slowly build up their program, unlike other teams such as Michigan State or Iowa State who keep firing coaches and have new faces every year.
Even though some may give them a hard time, the Hawkeyes had a year to be remembered. The real fans will always proudly don their black and gold, while the fake ones will come around whenever the record looks good to them. Even if the hate continues, it’s hard to get the point across to the ones saying negative things, but wake up and smell the roses.