Four Tips For Jumping on the Northern Iowa Bandwagon
|A pile of Panthers|
Drunken Michigan State fans shouted 'Go Green!' at passers-by, a horde of orange-clad Tennessee alumni commandeered the Over/Under (the outstanding smoke-free sports bar on the corner of Tenth and Washington) for a fundraiser and Ohio State supporters popped their Evan Turner jerseys every chance they had.
But by far the most popular colors in St. Louis are Northern Iowa purple and gold. Not only is UNI the closest school geographically to St. Louis in the Midwest regional (they were here just a few weeks ago for "Arch Madness" the Missouri Valley Conference tournament), everybody in America, including President Obama, loves (or loves to hate) them for shocking Kansas and being the Cinderella in a tournament full of fairy tale upsets.
Admit it, unless you're still in contention in your office pool or a Spartan fan you're pulling for the Panthers this weekend. Here's a cheat-sheet for faking season-long fandom. Maybe it will earn you a free beer from an elated UNI fan after they pull another pair of upsets:
Ali Boombaye: Ali Farokhmanesh was the hero against the Jayhawks, draining an extremely ballsy three-pointer with 30 seconds left on the shot-clock to put UNI up by four and Kansas down for the count. Things to know: His father represented Iran in the 1980 Olympics as a volleyball player, his last name is pronounced "fuh-ROKE-muh-nesh," and his nickname is Stroke.
|UNI's former coach Jim Berry|
|Kurt was a proud Panther on Jeopardy|