So you probably remember this, right?
Iowa TORE THE DANG GOALPOSTS out of the Metrodome in ebullient celebration of an 8-0 Big Ten campaign (the first-ever in Iowa history to that point) -- and an expected Rose Bowl trip.
Wake up and smell the roses! #RoseBowl #HawkeyeNation #Until #OnIowa @BRADBANKS7 pic.twitter.com/a7hjwau4pD— Colin Cole (@ColinCole91) December 6, 2015
Iowa, of course, did not get to go to the Rose Bowl after the 2002 regular season -- bowl politics intervened and Iowa and USC ended up playing a Faux-Rose Bowl in Miami in the Orange Bowl instead.
But it turns out Iowa fans have a long history of going after goalposts when Rose Bowls are involved -- as Andy Hamilton uncovered earlier this week, Iowa fans TORE THE DANG GOALPOSTS DOWN at the Rose Bowl itself the first time they made the trip (1957). It's a wonder we were ever invited back.
Hawkeye fans: Rambunctious since (at least) 1957. And yes, those are the Rose Bowl posts they're ripping down. pic.twitter.com/vIbz7dYKK0— Andy Hamilton (@Andy_Hamilton) December 17, 2015
So yeah: Iowa fans have a half-century of uprooting goalposts when ROSE BOWL MADNESS takes hold. You've been warned, Pasadena.
Speaking of that 1957 Rose Bowl, Iowa's first-ever trip to the Grandaddy Of 'Em All, Friend of the Pants Mitch Smith wrote a nice post about the game over at Hawkeye Nation -- and did some nice sleuthing and uncovered some fun audio clips from the time period, including a portion of the game broadcast itself. Definitely a fun read (and listen).