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Gameday Signs – Is Blank The Best?

As you’ve probably heard, ESPN’s College Gameday will be in town this weekend for Saturday’s highly anticipated football game against Iowa. As the reigning #1 student section in the country, a number of students are going above and beyond the requisite activities for a white-out game. In addition to wearing white, a Facebook event has been made encouraging fans to bring plain white posters to the Gameday broadcast. Per the event description:

DONT [sic] make a sign, bring a plain white poster. If you can’t bring a poster, or dont [sic] want to buy one, the Gameday crew always gives out posters at the show. DONT [sic] put anything on them. Imagine what schools will see when they turn on the show…a huge whiteout, and all of the signs say the same thing..WHITE..we’re the best, we’ve got the best team, and we dont [sic] need a poster to show it. If we pull this off, it’ll be sweet.

Proofreading aside, letting the team’s playing speak for Penn State is an enticing concept. But many lament the fact that when done properly, clever signs held in the background of the Gameday telecast can steal the show. Is it our place to deprive the nation of something like this? Kanye Gameday Sign

OK, so it’s likely that the Kanye “Imma let you finish” meme will be (completely) played out by Saturday, but I’d be willing to guess that our fans can come up with something just as good, if not better.

Proponents of the blank posters argue that the concept of not writing anything at all is more remarkable than witty pop culture references or mascot puns. While we have to agree that blanking the Gameday broadcast is an idea worthy of a creative fan base (and less sticky than marshmallows), the official Onward State position is that it’s probably best to come prepared with both your carefully thought-out zingers AND a white poster. It will become clear which poster is appropriate when one shows up to the BJC parking lot outside the BJC Ticket Center.

[Image Courtesy of Techwid’s Flickr]

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Mark McColey is a Senior majoring in Advertising and Labor-Employment relations. Among his loves are Penn State Football, The Steelers, The Penguins, The Simpsons, Tina Fey, and Arrested Development.


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