I realize that this will probably be about as productive as sticking my crank in a meat grinder, but its intermission and the Blackhawks are getting fisted, and I felt that in the aftermath of the other fanpost, especially with the insanity spurned by some fellow Cyclone fans (or at least someone to be claiming a Cyclone fan) that some of the more rational members here might enjoy an attempt at rationalizing how the average Cyclone perceives the whole "Tavern hawk" thing.
First off, I don't have any problem with people rooting for a school they didn't attend, unless of course they're rooting for that school over the one they did attend (Hawk fans at ISU). Even then, they're probably good people, just questionable sports fans. I digress.
The reason that a lot of ISU fans take pride in being fans of their school, and sometimes look down on people who didn't attend Iowa, but root for them, is that we feel (and I think this is valid) that there is something (hyperbole alert) noble (?) about rooting for your school regardless of results, and the main reason those people are Hawkeye fans as opposed to Cyclone fans boils down to one simple word: success.
You can trot out a litany of reasons as to why you, as a non-alum prefer Iowa, and in some cases they're probably true (grew up in Iowa City area for example), but if you didn't go to Iowa and root for the Hawks, it most likely boils down to the simple, inarguable fact that the University of Iowa has been more successful in athletics than Iowa State University, historically. This fact informs many reasons for being an Iowa fan, such as "the Hawks were always on when I was a kid. I never saw Iowa State". I wonder why that could be? Its probably related to Iowa having been better throughout history and demanding more media attention on that basis. If you swapped ISU and Iowa's athletic histories, many of you here would be Cyclone fans. Simply put, it is MUCH easier to be an Iowa fan than to be an Iowa State fan. But some Iowa fans refuse to acknowledge this reality, and it irritates the hell out of some ISU fans.
ISU fans feel like martyrs. We live and die with our school. Not our team. Our school. Our community. Those of us who didn't go to State made a conscious decision to pick a sports team that was less popular, and less successful. They went against the flow and aligned themselves with what was a complete athletic outpost. They've stuck their neck out and gotten little in return. They've joined the community. Anyone can pick the winner. It takes something different to love something you know will let you down.
That said, some in our ranks (about half of the mouthbreathers on CF) take it too far. The whole concept of ripping on TavernHawks is inherently disrespectful to anyone who roots for a college they didn't attend. Lots of people go to lower division schools. Are they not supposed to root for a major level team? That's a ridiculous concept. The idea that misspelling "Hawk" as "Hok" is incredibly stupid (sort of like substituting "Clown" for "Clone" and thinking its clever). If I had no attachment to either school, I don't know who I'd cheer for. I have a soft spot for the underdog, which lead to me being a Cyclone fan as a kid, but I liked Iowa too. I'd probably root for both. Who knows? The only point of this post was to help understand why ISU fans take such pride in rooting for their school and tend to see the act of choosing to root for the better program on the basis of their success as something "less". I'm sure many of you don't even care to understand. Blind hate is more fun, no doubt.
I will leave you with this: at least you guys root for a school from Iowa. I'll take that over anything else. Iowa natives who root for Nebraska are the biggest douche bags in the world of sports fanhood.