Chances are you've heard that rumor about Northern Iowa football coach, Mark Farley. No, not that rumor. That was settled out of court. Instead, I'm talking of course about that perceived affinity he holds for the University of Iowa and all things Hawkeye. This is in stark contrast to his blatant disdain for Iowa State University and all things Cyclone.
For years, Cyclone fans have noticed Farley's backhanded respect toward Iowa State and have taken issue with how they perceive Farley to view the two major football programs within Iowa's borders (wait until Bobby La Gesse hears about this).
For the most part, this has been a minor gripe in the eyes of Cyclone fans because after all, it's only UNI and it's only Mark Farley. It's not something to get too worked up about, but it's still a perceived slight from a lesser coach of a lesser program. What is it that Farley finds so repulsive about Iowa State?
At this time, we don't know the answer to that question, but WRNL has discovered that Farley not only has a sour taste in his mouth toward the Iowa State football program, but apparently toward the city of Ames and at least one of its eateries as well.
WRNL has uncovered two recent reviews of the Buffalo Wild Wing franchises in Ames and Iowa City on the popular restaurant review site, www.tripadvisor.com. Those reviews were written under the name "Mark Farley" who according to his profile, is a resident of Cedar Falls and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First, an excerpt from Farley's review of the Buffalo Wild Wings in Iowa City:
What a professional and first-class establishment. Every time I come here, I'm just more and more impressed with how they do things around here. Really, it's an honor for a small-time guy like me to be in the same confines as some of the legends that have graced this building.
Really, I can't say enough good things about the type of reputation and operation that's been built here and even if I come away a little lighter in the wallet, I'm a better person because of it.
Also, I just love this trivia game. I'm not very good at it, but I can't put the darn thing down. LOL!
And Farley's less than glowing remarks of the Buffalo Wild Wings in Ames:
Frankly, it came down to a lack of execution. I came to dinner thinking that I had an excellent chance to really have a great meal, but in the end, it comes down to the little things and that made all the difference. I mean, credit I guess to the waitress for refilling my drink twice, and the place was full, but I was just hoping for more.
And no, I'm not bitter because I couldn't finish the Buck Nasty wings.
WRNL contacted the UNI athletics department, but was told that Farley would not comment about reviews at this time, but did add that Farley loves all Buffalo Wild Wings franchises equally and is an especially big fan of the "Boneless Thursday" deal.
Cyclone football players say they're using Farley's review as "bulletin board material" for Saturday night's game against UNI.
"Listen, I love the Ames Buffalo Wild Wings more than anyone. I mean, that place is awesome," said Cyclone junior, Tom Farniok. "For him to only give our Buffalo Wild Wings one out of five stars? There's gonna be hell to pay on Saturday."
"I mean, I can see three stars if he got the salt and vinegar seasoning instead of a sauce, but that's his own fault for being an idiot, not the restaurant," said senior Jacques Washington. "Either way, that chump is going to get what's coming to him."