Another year, another blowout of Rutgers.
Another year, another salty tweet from Ryan Dunleavy. Rutgers fans aren’t always the most enjoyable people around, but this particular beat writer has a penchant for triggering Penn State fans.
We’re beginning to think the only explanation for Ryan Dunleavy’s antics is that he was rejected from Penn State. The Rutgers football beat writer for NJ.com always seems to have something to say about Penn State players or fans. Early into the game on Saturday, Dunleavy took notice to some empty seats in Beaver Stadium.
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) November 11, 2017
“No thanks” to that tweet.
It’s certainly true that the student section has a tendency to show up late for noon games — especially when the winter weather comes around in State College. But the fans really did a great job showing up in spite of the bitter cold.
Luckily, we have Farmer Jones to help save the day.
Penn State attendance today was 107,531 for a noon kick on 19-degree day against a bad team that this guy covers 😀 https://t.co/5txtpyTr4R
— Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) November 12, 2017
Why is this tweet especially interesting or annoying you may ask? Why single out Dunleavy amongst a sea of college football writers (aside from the whole “Rutgers
fan beat writer” thing)? Well, Ryan Dunleavy certainly has a history with Penn State fans.
Ryan Dunleavy blessed the world by sending this fateful tweet into the Twitterverse.
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) September 20, 2015
Talk about a tweet that hasn’t aged well.
Saquon Barkley is arguably the best player in college football and currently sits atop Mel Kiper’s Big Board. Barkley rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman and 1,496 yards as a sophomore before sending the college football world into a frenzy with his early performances in 2017. That’s not to take anything away from a ‘loaded’ Rutgers backfield that really needed to show up for a team that put up a grand total of 200 yards on offense.
As you can imagine, Penn State fans didn’t let Dunleavy forget about that tweet. In fact, he wrote an article about the backlash to that tweet. At the time, Dunleavy didn’t hold back against the fans he encountered in the comments section, either.
good call. I missed that. Probably 1of the guys in the Sandusky is Innocent shirts a couple weeks ago. Sorry I wasted my time
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) November 6, 2016
We’re also sorry that you wasted your time.
it's no wonder PSU is located in the middle of nowhere. So many fans like you are so lost
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) November 14, 2016
Spoken like a man who is trying to convince himself he never wanted to go to Penn State anyway.
Mr. Dunleavy, we know getting rejected from a school can really hurt. We’d like to extend an olive branch and come to some sort of truce. If you can keep yourself from the horribly bad Penn State takes, we’ll stop ruthlessly retweeting that tweet about Saquon Barkley every time he goes off.
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) November 12, 2017