PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Observations: TicketCity Bowl

It seems like every time I take the football observations post assignment instead of John Tecce, Penn State ends up getting thrashed. Maybe I should take that as a sign. Regardless, let’s get right into it from Dallas, Texas.

  • This was my first time in Dallas, and I wasn’t impressed. I much prefer a cozy Big Ten town with distinct features and traditions to a large city when it comes to experiencing a college sporting event. “Everything is bigger in Texas”, as the saying goes, and everything in Dallas was so spread out that almost nothing was within walking distance. I’m probably just bitter for having to spend more money on taxis than my hotel room. Touring Dealey Plaza, where JFK was assassinated, and celebrating New Years with a large contingent of Penn State fans at the team hotel were the highlights of the trip for me.
  • The Cotton Bowl was nothing special. Even with the recent remodeling, the stadium is still very old and unimpressive. I tried to appreciate the history of the facility, but everything about the place is generic.
  • The Westboro Baptist Church nutjobs were out in full-force with their disparaging signs. They made some custom ones for Penn State and Joe Paterno that aren’t really worth mentioning, but they were there. They seemed to put the loudest and most obnoxious wacko with the JoePa sign, unfortunately.
  • The Blue Band was awesome as usual, but I don’t understand why they were only allowed to play one verse of the Alma Mater before the game while Houston played their entire song. They ended up playing the song in its entirety after the game, but it still didn’t seem fair to me. Dean DeVore, aka “The Voice of Beaver Stadium,” also made the trip, so it was good to hear that familiar voice introducing the Blue Band.
  • Houston’s marching band was impressive during the game. When Houston lined up to kick-off (which was unfortunately often), they would have the drum line playing but also create a sound like the whistle of a locomotive. It was very intimidating and lasted up until the point the kicker made contact with the ball.
  • As many people expected, Case Keenum made our defense look like he was playing a video game and put up record numbers. I sat there in the half empty stadium with the same depressed facial expression for three and a half quarters.
  • The Cotton Bowl Stadium sold alcohol. They must’ve known Rob Bolden was starting.
  • Regardless of your opinion of the head coaching search, Tom Bradley carried himself with class the entire trip. Throughout the week at the players hotel, he passed through the lobby dozens of times a day just to shake hands with Penn State fans and thank them for coming. He was truly appreciative of the fans who made the trip. It couldn’t have been a fun two months for him, but he never let it get to him publicly, and no matter what happens I’ll always be grateful to Coach Bradley for that.
  • I froze my butt off. The TicketCity Bowl $99 for four tickets, four sodas, and four hot dogs special put me in the shade. Never did I think that I’d be dying for my winter coat in Texas.
  • It was about two to one Houston to Penn State fans, but everyone was very respectful. Aside from a few people wearing “State Penn” t-shirts, pedo bear, and a drunk girl stumbling out of the elevator on New Years, no one had anything bad to say about Penn State.
  • I’ve never been more excited for a Penn State football season to be over. Usually, I need to be pried out of the stadium after the last game, but I was ready to go this time. It’s hard to be upset with nine wins after everything that has happened, but another win or two down the stretch would’ve gone a long way for this special team.
That’s all I have. Thanks for following along with Onward State’s observations posts this season. These posts will be back in the fall for Penn State vs. Ohio. “And now we wait…”

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

Comments

More by Kevin

Hometown Brewery Releases Beer Honoring Evan Pugh

Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later, an Oxford brewery is honoring one of the preeminent champions of “liberal and practical” higher education in the form of a delicious Porter.

Penn State Basketball Downs Colgate 72-59 In Front of Thanksgiving Eve Crowd

Why Honoring Paterno Still Matters

Athletics

North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend