Pass the cornbread, muffins, bagels or anything else you can find. Whether the Iowa State Cyclones can snap their two-game losing skid or not, their 100th homecoming will feature two versions of ISU’s mascot Cy – one is your ordinary flesh and blood cardinal, the other’s made entirely out of butter.
The Cyclones’ beloved butter bird statue will range between five to six feet tall and is being crafted as a tribute to Iowa State alum Norma “Duffy” Lyon who passed last year. Lyon worked as the butter sculptor for Iowa’s State Fair for nearly half a century.
Iowa State started out the year well with a three-game tear that included a victory over their arch-rival, the Iowa Hawkeyes. They then lost three of their next four, with their only victory being over the then-No. 15 Texas Christian Horned Frogs.
The Baylor Bears bring a far more manageable challenge to town than what Iowa State will face in the future. The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers will bring their talents to Ames while the Cyclones will trip to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns. As has been good news for many years now regardless of the conference’s name or size, ISU still gets to take a crack at the Kansas Jayhawks.
To make sure attendees can prove they aren’t lying about whether or not they actually witnessed the aforementioned dairy delight, “I Saw Butter Cy” stickers are being handed out. Regardless of if the Cyclones burn the Bears or Baylor cooks the ‘Clones, “Butter Cy” will be melted down for future projects. We can only begin to imagine what the offspring will be.
Brandon Cavanaugh is a college football columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America. Feel free to follow him on Twitter and join in on the conversation