Iowa’s loss to Michigan State at this past weekend’s Big 10 Championship brought truth to the old clich: Footballis, in fact, a game of inches.
As the Spartans fought their way through an impressive goal line stand into the end zone to take the lead with less than a minute left in the game, Iowa’s dream season and perfect record came to a halt.
Following the loss, Andy Garman, Sports Director at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, shared this video on Twitter,as the packed stands erupted in noise and rose to their feet in a standing ovation of support for the Hawks, who fittingly stood unified hand-in-hand facing the fans.
This is right before the swarm off the field. I’ve never heard a louder ovation for the team that lost the game. pic.twitter.com/td1GFuSc9V
— Andy Garman (@GarmanSports) December 6, 2015
His sentiment was shared amongst Hawkeye nation, as fans took to social media to show their support for Iowa’s storybook season and feelings of pride quickly overrode those of disappointment.
Despite a loss that took Iowa out of playoff contention, the team showed up as they have all season, with a “whatever it takes to get the job done” mentality.
The Hawkeyes’ hard-fought performance and indefatigable display of work ethic highlighted the primary reason we care so deeply about college athletics.
ESPN features a daily segment entitled, “Why We Love Sports Today,” detailing stories of inspiration, overcoming adversity and demonstrating the power of a sports platform when used for the greater good.
This year’s Iowa Hawkeyes are why I love sports today.
They’re why I love sports every day.
The persistence, grit and heart they’ve played with throughout the season represents that how you show up in life matters, both on and off the field.