Other Sports to Care About This Weekend
Tomorrow will mark the first Saturday since late August that the Penn State Football team will not run out of a stadium tunnel for a game. Still, Penn State athletics will go on, and the bye week provides a great opportunity to appreciate some other sports programs on campus.
I am alright with football being king, but there are a ton of other sports teams to care about, and conveniently, a few are in action with some big home matchups the next few days.
Below are some different options to fill your Penn State sports fix this weekend while waiting around for kickoff in Kinnick Stadium 8 days from now.
Women’s Volleyball–Russ Rose’s top ranked squad is really good, and they’re in action twice this weekend, first tonight against No. 17 Purdue at 8 p.m. and tomorrow night against Indiana at 7 p.m. Purdue has lost two straight matches but should still provide for a nice atmosphere at Rec Hall as the Lions will not play another home match for three weeks following this weekend.
Men’s Hockey– Hockey Valley begins tonight as the team plays its first Division-1 game since 1943 with the puck set to drop at 7:30. The opponent for Guy Gadowsky’s squad at Greenberg Ice Pavilion will be American International. If you do not already have tickets, you are likely out of luck for gaining access to the arena, but you can still get excited for the future of the program.
Women’s Hockey– Double the hockey, double the fun. The Women’s Hockey team is in action twice against Syracuse, first Saturday night and then again Sunday afternoon.
Field Hockey– The other type of hockey team has currently won 8 of its last 9 games and will try to defeat Iowa Sunday at noon.
Lady Lions Open Practice– Fresh off a Sweet Sixteen appearance and ready to compete for a National Championship, the Penn State Women’s Basketball team will hold an open practice tomorrow afternoon that is free to all fans.
Men’s Soccer– This might be a bit of a tougher sell as the team is winless in its last four contests, but Sunday’s 3 p.m. start against Michigan State is the THON game with Four Diamonds Families in attendance. If your favorite NFL team isn’t playing at the time (which should apply to a lot of you since the Steelers lost last night), come enjoy some soccer as the Nittany Lions try to get back on track in Big Ten play.
There are no right or wrong options here, just a ton of good ones. Do not let no football for a week be the end of the world.