Stephanie Says

Stephanie Ivankovich

Even for being what some would call a “girly-girl,” I couldn’t be any more excited for football season. I mean, it seems every American loves football, but the start of the college season really kicks it off.

Iowa or Iowa State? I’m a Grand View University alumnus. I like the Vikings. But as far as being a Hawkeye or a Cyclone? I’m a Cyclone. I’m marrying into it.

My fiance went to Iowa State University and he was heavily involved. I WAS a Hawkeye fan but I converted. I’m really glad I did. Last year I went to several games. I got the full experience. I was in the bleachers, the suite and I even tailgated with die-hard fans. It was a truly great experience… minus Iowa State’s actual football skills. But hey, we’ll talk more about Iowa State’s skills this basketball season.

When speaking of football you can’t forget the NFL. I was never a huge football fan growing up. I blame that on my Croatian dad who bleeds soccer. Even though the NFL isn’t popular in my family I chose a team to root for- the New York Giants. The New York Giants seemed the most fitting because of three reasons. Reason one: Iowa doesn’t have a team. Reason two: I’m from New York. Reason three: Dave Diehl was a linebacker. Diehl is Croatian so I naturally had to root for him.

Me being a Giants fan changed after I started dating my fiance AKA the die-hard Packers fan. Yes. I know, I know. I converted my teams for someone. I’m now a Packers fan. I proudly stand firm on not being a bandwagon fan though. I changed teams just for him on the condition he will take me to a game in Green Bay. Plus Diehl was retiring.

As a Packers fan I’ve gained a fair amount of green and yellow clothing, a dog named Flynn— after Matt Flynn, I learned how to make tasty appetizers for game day parties and I am actually rooting for a GOOD team. Even though we lost a key player to injury in preseason I’m hoping the Packers can still be strong. But we’ll see. Go Pack go!

Who do you root for and what’s your story behind your team? Send your football story to us at the Chief. We’d love to hear it and it could be published online. Send stories to sivankovich@theperrychief.com.