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Iowa State plans to salute its opponent

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When Iowa visited Iowa State two weeks ago, the Hawkeyes got the visiting rival treatment from fans ó boo! No news there.

What is odd is how Iowa State is asking fans to greet its next visitor.

The school requests a standing ovation for Saturday, which goes against fan nature. Maybe booing isnít your thing. But showing respect for the opponent taking the field?

Saturdayís guest at Jack Trice Stadium is Army, and nothing could be more appropriate. Same holds true when any of the service academies pay a campus visit.


According to the article, this started at Ohio State when they hosted Navy. I agree with the sentiment of honoring the service of those at the Service Academies, but it wouldn't be all bad if this was a tradition before all sporting events.

Respect your opponents.