Posted by Adam Jacobi
The Iowa-Northwestern game on Saturday was a sellout long before the season, and as such, the Iowa athletic department wanted to commemorate the game -- Iowa's only home night game of the season -- in a special way. The Hawkeyes ramped up the audacity by planning a two-sided card trick around the entire stadium, with one side honoring Iowa's iconic America Needs Farmers sticker, and the other a red, white, and blue display of stars and stripes for the national anthem.
Stars? Stripes? On cards? Is that something the 70,000+ fans at Kinnick Stadium could pull off? As it turns out, yes, they could -- and they did:
Not all stadiums can pull this off, regardless of the fans' support; you'd need a bowl-type, single-tier stadium, otherwise there are support poles and overhangs and it's not a great look (sorry, Ohio State and Penn State; your stadiums are still completely incredible). But Iowa did, and one would have to think that plenty of other schools are going to see this and put on card stunts of their own in the coming years.