Virtually the entire sports media world would have you believe that today's game between the University of Alabama and Texas A&M University is the most important college football game being played. This may be true if one is only concerned about which school might be named college football's national champion in January. True fans of the game know that the most important football game today is game between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The winner of the game is awarded the Cy-Hawk Trophy. Our previous coverage of the Cy-Hawk Trophy is here.
According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa is slightly favored to win. However, Iowa State is wearing throwback jerseys to honor Jack Trice. Mr. Trice, if you did not know, was the first African-American football player at Iowa State. He played for the team in 1923 and died as a result of injuries sustained during Iowa State's game against the University of Minnesota. The jerseys are not the first time that Iowa State has honored Mr. Trice's memory. In fact, Iowa State s football stadium is named after him.
You can see the jerseys here. As far as throwback jerseys go, these look pretty good. Some folks say that being a fan of a team is really rooting for laundry (this article says that Jerry Seinfeld made this observation). If that is true, at least this week's Iowa State laundry stands for something more than just bragging rights for a year.