Cy-Hawk week doesn't officially get underway until next week, but this is still worth your time. Filmmaker Ben Godar has created a short documentary called Birth of the Cy-Hawk chronicling the true story behind the creation of the original Cy-Hawk Trophy -- you know, the one that looked like an old bowling league trophy. Turns out there's a good reason for that -- it actually was created by a group of friends (four UI graduates and an ISU dropout) who were on a bowling team together.
When Iowa and Iowa State decided to start playing each other once again in football (at the urging of the Iowa State Legislature) in the late '70s, this group of fans decided that there ought to be a trophy on the line for the winner. The documentary covers the creation of that trophy and their path to getting it recognized as an official trophy by both schools. The documentary is 30 minutes long and looks like an entertaining peek at the origin of the modern Cy-Hawk series.
For now the only way to watch the documentary is at one of the scheduled screenings; as it happens, though, one such screening is taking place in Iowa City today -- at FilmScene at 4 PM. Ticket information is available here.
The documentary is also screening at Fenders Brewing Company in Polk City on September 9, at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on September 10 and at North Grand Cinema in Ames from September 12-19. Further information about those screenings is available here.
If you're able to attend a screening, let us know how it goes. We'd love to see hear more about this documentary. You can find more details about the Birth of the Cy-Hawk documentary at the official site.