Ohio State. Whitehouse. Night game. Beaver Stadium. Penn State Football.
Any combination of these words can simply give you the chills. For some, this game is about pride. Pride in remaining undefeated within the Big Ten Conference while facing incredible NCAA sanctions after a year of turmoil. For others, it’s about revenge. Revenge for hearing the name-calling and degrading of our university’s good name.
Whatever this game means for you — remember, it’s just a game.
Believe me, I’m just as excited about this game as anybody could be. I’m a senior, camping out at Nittanyville for the 20th time, and I plan on painting my face, as always. Something else I always do? Carry with me a sense of sportsmanship.
Whether it’s because I’ve sat the bench in just about every sport I’ve ever tried, or because I really just like to keep my cool when it comes to athletics, I’ve always tried to keep a level head. Sure, there are times when I’ve come close to freaking out (ex. When a Northwestern football player ran up to me and dropped some extremely unnecessary expletives just a few weeks ago), but when it comes to sports, I try to remember where I am and what I’m representing.
All I ask is that Penn State fans attempt to do the same.
Remember why you’re a Penn State fan. Remember what we’ve gone through to get to this game. Remember that, at every single moment this weekend, you’re representing an amazing university.
Both of these highly-touted schools have faced a lot these past few years. Don’t sit there and attack OSU fans for what one person might have posted on Facebook last November. Remember when we poked fun at a certain coach who always wore a certain sweater vest?
In the end, I hope to see more “good lucks” instead of F-bombs, more high fives instead of middle fingers, and more cheers instead of boos.
So, as I thoroughly encourage every single fan to scream your face off the entire time that we’re on defense, I also encourage you to use your heads. Be smart this weekend, Penn State. Let them know who We Are.