I was raised in a household that cheered for both the Hawkeyes and Cyclones, and have enjoyed following both schools' sports programs, especially football and men's basketball, for as long as I can remember. Somewhat sadly, recent years have left me no choice but to pledge allegiance to the Hawkeyes and cut emotional ties with the Cyclones, although I still pay attention to them.
I believe Hawkeye fans are the best people to have ever graced our planet (except for Jamie Pollard). Of course, I'm expressing a subjective belief, but good people know good things when they see them. Consider the following:
1. History and statistics: lowa leads the head-to-head series, has more all-time wins, and a better winning percentage than ISU. They've won more bowl games and conference titles, have had more All-Americans (including a Heisman winner and other literate finalists), and have sent a whole lot more players to the NFL. They play in a better conference with gigantic historic stadiums, more national titles, better traditions, and nicer campuses in cooler towns.
2. What about mascots? Hawkeye is "the American hero" adopted by Chingachgook, the last chief of the Mohican tribe in James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans." In 1838, 12 years after the book was published, people in the territory of Iowa acquired the nickname. In meteorology, a cyclone is an area of closed, circular fluid motion rotating in the same direction as the Earth. Insert metaphor here.
3. Cyclone bloggers write like this: http://t.co/iBmnCbs (not bad arguments, just atrocious writing). Hawkeye bloggers write as though they have a college education - http://t.co/ewbtkmp (that's good stuff).
4. Of course, the better team, program, school, tradition, conference, coach, record, stadium, and attendance doesn't necessarily have better fans, I suppose. Iowa also converted Iowa State's all-time best student-athlete in Dan Gable (you could argue for Cael Sanderson, sure, but he left ISU for a B1G school), and has better wrestling, basketball, track & field, volleyball, softball, etc., etc., etc. programs, as well as a baseball team and medical/physical therapy/pharmacy/nursing/law school, and a world class writer's workshop. In all fairness, ISU has outstanding veterinary, agricultural, and engineering schools. Dozens of ISU graduates have made positive impacts on animals, crops, and design.
If you are interested in becoming a Hawkeye fan, we'd love to have you. We're a fun-loving people who enjoy winning and traveling.