Monday, September 28, 2009

America Needs Farmers

Not a lightning bolt.

Have you been noticing that decal the Hawks have been wearing this season?  The decal isn't new, but I'm glad it's back.  As you can see from the picture, it says "ANF" which stands for "America Needs Farmers."  The NCAA has some crazy stupid rules (go figure) about decals on helmets that deal with advertising or promotion.  Iowa officials must have found a loophole in the system.  Either way, I hope it's here to stay.

Some History

From the immaculately reliable Wikipedia:

The Michigan Wolverines came into Iowa City with a perfect 5-0 record and the #2 ranking in the AP poll. It was just the 12th time in college football history that the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the AP poll would meet for a regular season game. It was the first such meeting where the victor scored the winning points on the game's final play. With two seconds remaining in the game and Iowa trailing 10-9, kicker Rob Houghtlin booted his fourth field goal of the day, this one from 29 yards out, as time expired to give Iowa a dramatic 12-10 victory over Michigan at Kinnick Stadium. Fry used the pregame attention to highlight the farm crisis in the state of Iowa at the time by putting ANF decals on Iowa's helmets, which stood for "America Needs Farmers."

Knowlege is power.


  1. Where can the public buy items with the ANF logo??? hats, jackets,shirts,etc. Please post answer on Hawkeye web sites. 12/09

  2. Des Moines Scheels has tees, sweatshirts and decals that have the ANF logo.

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