If the Yuletide season brought peace, love, happiness, and Amazon smart technology to your home this Christmas season: you’re in luck. Alexa is a Penn State fan. Despite being developed by a company headquartered in the same city as the Nittany Lions’ Fiesta Bowl opponent, Alexa’s cyber heart belongs to Happy Valley. Of her more than 15,000 skills, Alexa has a few tricks up her sleeve that, when enabled, show where her college football rooting interests lie.
“Who’s your favorite college football coach?”
Call her an artificial intelligence Joebot, Alexa firmly stands by the longtime coach and praises Joe Paterno has her favorite football coach.
“Start the We Are cheer.”
Having a conversation with a computer and yelling at it doesn’t have to mean you’re crazy. Whether you are an alum wanting to partake in the gameday excitement while watching the Nittany Lions at home or someone who just gets lonely very easily, simply ask Alexa to “Start the ‘We Are’ cheer.”
If you’re an incoming freshman trying to learn the cheers and avoid the horrifying moment where you yell “We Are” a fatal fourth time, Alexa will appropriately scold you that the correct fourth response is a polite “You’re welcome.”
“Play the Penn State fight song.”
If you’re really clamoring for Beaver Stadium nostalgia, ask Alexa to “Play the Penn State Fight Song.” Your home will cascade with a Blue Band performance of Fight On, State and frat boys may or may not show up out of nowhere to toss you in the air. Disclaimer: Alexa’s rendition disappointingly does not include the iconic “Touchdown, Penn State!” call at the end of the song following an extra point.
Alexa can also tell you how many days it’s been since Michigan last beat Ohio State, but one more feature we’d love to see is her tell time in the format of “It’s 4:09 p.m. and Michigan still sucks!”