Robot Cy meets Oklahoma

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(Story originally posted on SB Nation’s ISU site: Wide Right & Natty Lite.)

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WRNL is proud to present nine weekly articles from Kagavi leading up to the official release of The Adventures of Robot Cy, a fictional 8-bit video game trailer that never was.

In a faraway futuristic time, college football has been taken over by robot mascots. Join Robot Cy as he travels through many thrilling levels to find out who is behind this nefarious plot!

Every week during the conference season, Kagavi will preview the ISU football game using this project as inspiration by asking what power ups could Robot Cy gain by defeating the other Big 12 robot mascots?

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Iowa State’s last game against Texas marked the return of the powerful Cyclone team that sat on top of the Big 12 standings all the way at the beginning of October. Robot Cy’s visit with Robot Hook ‘Em was equally fruitful and the athletic department should be receiving some pixelated money bags soon. Looking to the game this weekend, ISU faces off against #14 Oklahoma in Norman. Oklahoma clobbered ISU 59 – 14 last year–an outcome surely as shocking as pumpkin lattes in the fall. But clearly this is a new era. Joel Lanning is undefeated as the starting QB. Todd Sturdy is undefeated as offensive coordinator. Paul Rhoads is unde . . . err, proud. Most crucially: the last time Texas was shut out by an unranked team, it was 1961–the same year that Iowa State beat Oklahoma in Norman. Just saying.

But what if Robot Cy was facing off against Robot Boomer & Sooner?

If Robot Boomer & Sooner used the best parts of Oklahoma football history to inspire a power up, what would it be? Let’s explore some Oklahoma history.

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Robot Cy meets Texas

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(Story originally posted on SB Nation’s ISU site: Wide Right & Natty Lite.)

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WRNL is proud to present nine weekly articles from Kagavi leading up to the official release of The Adventures of Robot Cy, a fictional 8-bit video game trailer that never was.

In a faraway futuristic time, college football has been taken over by robot mascots. Join Robot Cy as he travels through many thrilling levels to find out who is behind this nefarious plot!

Every week during the conference season, Kagavi will preview the ISU football game using this project as inspiration by asking what power ups could Robot Cy gain by defeating the other Big 12 robot mascots?

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In just a few days, the Texas Longhorns will bring their burnt pumpkin uniforms back to Ames for a game full of goblins and intrigue on All Hallows’ Eve. The past week has been a sedate one for Iowa State after they lost to Baylor in a swim meet 45 – 27, despite being short a few key pieces, such as the whole defense. Robot Cy’s visit to Waco was more successful as he returned with the fancy Disco Balls power up. Two years ago, the Cyclones beat Texas on a last-minute fumble recovery by Jeremiah George, but the lovely Big 12 referees reversed the victory. Last year was another wild affair with Texas ultimately winning 48 – 45 on a game-winning field goal after two long passes in the final seconds. This is the most interesting ISU game in some time due to the ascension of Joel Lanning and the deaccession of Baby Mangino.

But what if Robot Cy was facing off against Robot Hook ‘Em?

If Robot Hook ‘Em used the best parts of Texas football history to inspire a power up, what would it be? Let’s explore some Texas history.

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Robot Cy meets Baylor

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(Story originally posted on SB Nation’s ISU site: Wide Right & Natty Lite.)

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WRNL is proud to present nine weekly articles from Kagavi leading up to the official release of The Adventures of Robot Cy, a fictional 8-bit video game trailer that never was.

In a faraway futuristic time, college football has been taken over by robot mascots. Join Robot Cy as he travels through many thrilling levels to find out who is behind this nefarious plot!

Every week during the conference season, Kagavi will preview the ISU football game using this project as inspiration by asking what power ups could Robot Cy gain by defeating the other Big 12 robot mascots?

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In a decent effort against TCU last week, the Iowa State football team looked like they were cooking up a vintage Rhoads upset, but sadly fizzled in the second half. Robot Cy had a better weekend, picking up the coveted Ice Freeze power up from Super Frog. This Saturday, the Cyclones will travel to Waco to face off against #2 Baylor and their spinning slot machine offense. Last week, Baylor beat West Virginia 62 – 38 behind another superlative effort from human glitch Corey Coleman, Baylor’s star wide receiver. The last time ISU played in Waco, the Bears eased by 71 – 7, but not before a furious ISU comeback with three minutes left eventually ran out of time. Last year, the game was closer but still another ISU loss: 49 – 28.

But what if Robot Cy was facing off against Robot Bruiser?

If Robot Bruiser used the best parts of Baylor football history to inspire a power up, what would it be? Let’s explore some Baylor history.

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Robot Cy meets TCU

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(Story originally posted on SB Nation’s ISU site: Wide Right & Natty Lite.)

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WRNL is proud to present nine weekly articles from Kagavi leading up to the official release of The Adventures of Robot Cy, a fictional 8-bit video game trailer that never was.

In a faraway futuristic time, college football has been taken over by robot mascots. Join Robot Cy as he travels through many thrilling levels to find out who is behind this nefarious plot!

Every week during the conference season, Kagavi will preview the ISU football game using this project as inspiration by asking what power ups could Robot Cy gain by defeating the other Big 12 robot mascots?

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This week our beloved Cyclones are headed back home to the friendly confines of Jack Trice Stadium to receive the undefeated TCU team, currently ranked #3 in the country. The Horned Frogs beat Kansas State last week in a tense game decided during the final minutes. Last Saturday, as we predicted here, the Cyclones found the Texas Tech team completely gassed. Unfortunately, this occurred after the Red Raiders had gained 776 yards in a record-setting performance as they cruised to a 66 – 31 win. (Luckily Robot Cy remains undefeated after gathering the Ghost Riders power up in Lubbock.) The Cyclones kept it pretty close in the TCU game last year, losing in a 55 – 3 squeaker. Perhaps TCU will overlook the ISU squad again this year.

But what if Robot Cy was facing off against Robot Super Frog?

If Robot Super Frog used the best parts of TCU football history to inspire a power up, what would it be? Let’s explore some TCU history.

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Robot Cy meets Texas Tech

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(Story originally posted on SB Nation’s ISU site: Wide Right & Natty Lite.)

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WRNL is proud to present nine weekly articles from Kagavi leading up to the official release of The Adventures of Robot Cy, a fictional 8-bit video game trailer that never was.

In a faraway futuristic time, college football has been taken over by robot mascots. Join Robot Cy as he travels through many thrilling levels to find out who is behind this nefarious plot!

Every week during the conference season, Kagavi will preview the ISU football game using this project as inspiration by asking what power ups could Robot Cy gain by defeating the other Big 12 robot mascots?

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The familiar rites of fall are always comforting: apple cider, carving pumpkins, autumn foliage, the powerful Iowa State football team in first place of the Big 12 Conference. Fresh off conquering Robot Jayhawk (and getting the Golden Horseshoes), the Cyclones are headed to Lubbock to face off against Texas Tech, which will be the “featured” game on Fox Sports Net channel again. The Cyclones almost beat them last year, but–get your fainting couches ready–a couple of missed field goals doomed ISU in the 34 – 31 loss. So far this year, the Texas Tech team has run the equivalent of nine ultra marathons simply trying to keep up with TCU and Baylor in recent games. ISU just may find the Red Raiders completely gassed, or the game could be over after the first quarter.

But what if Robot Cy was facing off against Robot Raider Red?

If Robot Raider Red used the best parts of Texas Tech football history to inspire a power up, what would it be? Let’s explore some Texas Tech history.

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Hercules Herky: 2008 Penn State

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The University of Iowa’s mascot Herky the Hawk was named after Hercules, the ancient Greek hero who became famous for his series of impossible feats known as the Labors of Hercules. Inspired by this mashup of ancient Greek and Iowa mythology, we took the 12 most significant football games in Iowa history and created the 12 Labors of Herky.

Each game was chosen to align as close as possible to Hercules’ mythological feats and limited to just one game per school used.

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Robot Cy meets Kansas

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(Story originally posted on SB Nation’s ISU site: Wide Right & Natty Lite.)

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WRNL is proud to present nine weekly articles from Kagavi leading up to the official release of The Adventures of Robot Cy, a fictional 8-bit video game trailer that never was.

In a faraway futuristic time, college football has been taken over by robot mascots. Join Robot Cy as he travels through many thrilling levels to find out who is behind this nefarious plot!

Every week during the conference season, Kagavi will preview the ISU football game using this project as inspiration by asking what power ups could Robot Cy gain by defeating the other Big 12 robot mascots?

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As the calendar turns to October, Iowa State is struggling again to keep pace in a high-powered Big 12 Conference where every other team has all kinds of exotic weaponry on offense. With Kansas invading Jack Trice Stadium this weekend for a slap fight, ISU may have found the only other conference mate that they can feel equal to. Last year there were rumors that Kansas clobbered ISU 34 – 14, but since the game was on Fox Sports Net, we cannot verify whether this actually happened or not. The 2015 season looks to be another hotly anticipated basement title race and the Cyclones are set to test out their 1950s pop gun offense against the rebuilding Jayhawks in a thrilling nap for much of the nation.

But what if Robot Cy was facing off against Robot Jayhawk?

If Robot Jayhawk used the best parts of Kansas football history to inspire a power up, what would it be? Let’s explore some Kansas history.

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Accurate Jack Trice throwbacks

We were very glad to see Iowa State University honor Jack Trice’s legacy in 2013 by having the football team wear throwback uniforms inspired by the 1923 team. However, since they were not close to what the team actually wore, we took the time to create a much more accurate modernized look. These are the uniforms that Jack Trice and his teammates wore in the Minnesota game, the day after Jack wrote his famous letter.

(Image below can be clicked to see a 1920 x 1080 size version.)

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Monte Morris and the Hilton Magic spirit

The Iowa State – Oklahoma basketball game last night saw the Cyclones squad win 77 – 70 after being down as much as 21 points in the second half. The win tied an ISU record for largest comeback in school history and marked the latest entry in the annals of Hilton Magic.

After the game ended, Lori and I conceptualized some different ideas of how we could commemorate this game, but one thing stood out to us. For large portions of the second half, ISU point guard Monte Morris played like a man possessed, slicing through the Oklahoma defense to make impossible shot after impossible shot while absorbing brutal blows from the stout Sooners front line. When not scoring, his defense also sparked some other fast break baskets. It was all very eerily like another former ISU guard: Deandre Kane, who also favored acrobatic layups while flying into the crowd.

It quickly became clear to us that unbeknownst to anyone watching the game, at some point in the second half, when things looked the bleakest, Monte was visited by the spirit of Deandre Kane who was checking in on his former pupil. So we decided to illustrate that magical moment:

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Kagavi interviews Barry Friedman again

In 2013, when we created our initial Pendleton Woolen Mills stadium blanket with Iowa State University, we came across blanket savant Barry Friedman who is considered the foremost expert in Indian trade blanket collecting circles and serves as a vintage blanket consultant for Pendleton. We interviewed him about his classic 2002 book Chasing Rainbows and at the time, he was close to publishing a highly anticipated followup called Still Chasing Rainbows, which came out this past March.

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