We Penn Staters love to boast about our gameday traditions. Fields of tailgating, the drum major’s flip, the Lion’s one-handed push-ups and Nittanyville all make Saturdays in Happy Valley one-of-a-kind. But perhaps no other tradition screams Penn State quite like the Whiteout.
As such, the Whiteout has earned a second seed in SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation Traditions Tournament. It’s already reached the round of 16, having toppled Alabama’s “Rammer Jammer” based on Facebook fan votes.
Here’s the bad news: The Whiteout is currently losing by about 1,000 votes in the second round to 6-seed Georgia’s long-time “Between the Hedges,” which refers to how teams play between the actual hedges that surround the field at Sanford Stadium. Georgia’s tradition has the history (the hedges were planted in 1929), but despite our subjective view of this, it’s hard to argue that they can compete with the spectacle of the Whiteout.
So, let’s change this. Fans can vote on Facebook until Sunday at midnight to show people that the Whiteout is a force to be reckoned with. Get to it.
Update, June 13, 9:15 a.m.: Good job, everyone. The Whiteout was winning by more than 4,000 votes at the time of this writing.