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Teresa Blenner and her brother on the field at historic Kinnick Stadium.

Teresa Blenner and her brother on the field at historic Kinnick Stadium.

Dec. 27, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa - In the holiday season of giving and sharing, the UI Athletics Department invited the greatest fans in the world to share their most memorable black-and-gold experience. The wide variety of responses were full of unforgettable memories and reminiscent of why, "It's Great to be a Hawkeye!" After having the privilege of reading each submission, a total of seven lucky winners were selected for online publication. We will post one entry per day on hawkeyesports.com from Dec. 21-27. Today's entry comes from Teresa Blenner in North Liberty, IA:

"My favorite Hawkeye memory came to me right away!! It was the day of the Penn State game in 2008. It was so very cold, it was my first night game and I was so excited!!! We were playing well and the score was going back and forth and it was about all I could take!


It got down to that last play and I was a wreck. I sat down with my head in my hands. I just couldn't watch him kick that field goal!!! My brother grabbed my coat at the shoulder and pulled me up, `You have to see the Hawkeyes all the way to the end! Don't give up ! You have to watch!'

I stood there while that field goal was kicked and the crowd went crazy!! I cried like a baby. My brother and son-in-law said, `We are going over the wall to the field!' So at 50 years old with a brother in his 60's, we went over that wall with the crowd! It was the best memory ever! It is the only ticket stub I have ever kept. It is on my refrigerator and I see it every day. Thanks Hawks for that great day!!"

- Teresa Blenner

Thank you, Teresa, for sharing your story and congratulations on winning six tickets to a home men's or women's basketball game of your choice this winter. Teresa is now one of seven finalists eligible to win 10 tickets to a 2011 non-conference home football game of their choice. The winner will also receive a souvenir football and a $50 gift certificate redeemable at the concessions stands at Kinnick Stadium.

If you submitted a story that was not selected for online publication, you'll be placed in a pool and eligible to win six tickets to a non-conference home game of the 2011 Iowa Hawkeyes.

The randomly selected winners will be announced at halftime of the Insight Bowl on the Official Iowa Football Blog.

A Hawkeye Story - Past Entries:
December 25, 2010
December 24, 2010
December 23, 2010
December 22, 2010
December 21, 2010