The Iowa football team had the upset of the week this past Saturday when the Hawkeyes shocked Michigan in Iowa City. And while fans poured on the field at Kinnick Stadium, a number of fans decided it was time to bring an item from the game home as a memento.
According to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, more than a dozen helmets were taken by fans following the Hawkeyes’ shocker at Kinnick. Ferentz said all of the helmets have been recovered, but the search is still on for the football used to kick Iowa’s game-winning field goal.
As could be seen on T.V., Hawkeyes quarterback. C.J. Beathard threw his helmet in the air following the upset. This resulted in a fan taking the helmet.
From there, the helmet seemed to have a life of its own, starting plenty of rumors.
“I heard a fan had C.J.’s helmet downtown,” (Junior outside linebacker Ben) Niemann said. “The police officer brought it back to the complex. There was definitely some stuff like that going on.”
We later found out that the helmet was downtown, and police were able to apprehend the missing helmet.
“I guess one of the cops walking down the street saw a kid wearing it and brought it back,” Beathard said. “There were a few helmets gone after the game. In the locker room afterward, guys were like, ‘We don’t know what happened to our helmets.’ Then, the next day, I guess they got all of them back except for mine. Then, they found it.”
Other players also set their helmets down, but some had the wherewithal to get their helmet before it was stolen.
“It (his helmet) fell down right away when I was running onto the field,” (Junior linebacker Josey) Jewell said. “All of the sudden, I thought, ‘I probably shouldn’t leave that there.’ Some other fan was picking it up. I went over to them and they gave it back to me. It was good I didn’t leave it like C.J. did.”
This is all pretty darn funny. However, two moments take the cake. Let’s start with Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and his (fictional) vision of what happened with Beathard’s helmet.
Iowa City Police officer: “Excuse me, where did you get that helmet?”
Person wearing Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard’s helmet: “Scheels?”
Iowa City Police officer: “You didn’t get that at Scheels. It has a number on it. It’s clearly been used.”
Person wearing Beathard’s helmet: “Garage sale?”
Iowa City Police officer: “Please hand over the helmet.”
Person wearing Beathard’s helmet: “What helmet?”
That’s great. But nothing will top Ferentz’s description of his team’s win.
“Because, you know, it was a good win,” Ferentz said. “A ranked opponent and all of that stuff.”
Oh, Iowa City. Always a good source for entertainment.