Hawks in L.A.: Fans share stories from Rose Bowl

Charles J. Green
Special to Hawk Central
A pair of Iowa fans in the stands during the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1, 2016 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

More than 50,000 Iowa fans made the journey to Pasadena to watch their Hawkeyes play in the Rose Bowl.

Although they didn't get the result they were hoping for, the black and gold still runs deep in their hearts.

Meet a few of the loyal fans we found out and about in L.A.:

Jeff Herman, 38, from Denver (originally from Cedar Rapids)

Jeff Herman (then and now)

"Thirty-one years ago my mom, a seamstress, made that outfit for me for Halloween. [A couple years ago] my sister (Jill) asked me what I wanted for Christmas. My mom had just passed away, God rest her soul.  She was in a car accident two years ago.

So when my sister asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I said I wanted to look like I did 31 years ago.”

Dale “Stumpy” Kinzenbaw, 58, from Ringo, Iowa

Dale “Stumpy” Kinzenbaw

“I’ve worked for the University of Iowa for 32 years doing heart research. But I grew up 30 miles West of Iowa City, So I’ve been a Hawk fan my whole life. Probably attended my first Hawk game when I was eight years old.

This is like the most wonderful moment in Hawkeye history, I was at the 2010 Orange Bowl, but this is the grand daddy of them all. Being at the Rose Bowl is just something else.

I had a new grandson on Dec. 1. That and the Hawks going to the Rose Bowl have been the greatest Christmas presents I’ve ever seen.”

Marty Polka, 50, from Norwalk, IA

Marty Polka

“I remember when I was four years old going to every home game. This year I’ve gone to every home and away game except for Iowa State.

We have a tailgate trailer in Iowa City, it’s called “Hawks to Go” which we’re pretty proud of. It won the tailgate challenge in 2014. The trailer, it’s for the kids.

My nephew thirty years ago had to have surgery at the UI hospitals, this year, with fans coming into our trailer, we’ve raised over $12,000 that we’re going to be giving to the UI Children’s  Hospital.”


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