For the Love of Norm

Yesterday, an e-mail appeared in my inbox that made me—yet again—grateful and proud to be living in the Hawkeye State.

It was a UI athletics press release with details of a remarkable effort that totally captures the warmth and camaraderie of Iowans. For tomorrow’s game against Wisconsin, the athletics department is asking fans to yell “Norm!” whenever the Badgers’ offensive team approaches the line of scrimmage for a first down.

The attempt to make Kinnick Stadium echo with this chant is more than a way of breaking Wisconsin’s concentration. It’s a literal shout-out to one of the key members of the Iowa team, defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who’ll be absent for his sixth straight game as a result of health problems.

A “Get well soon, Norm!” banner will also be available at the stadium. No doubt, countless fans will sign it—with love.

Tina Owen

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