Game Day Observations: Temple
- I’ll get this out of the way in the beginning. The loud “Fuck you, Temple!” chants were completely embarrassing. We are in absolutely no position to chant “fuck you” to any school right now (well, maybe Michigan). A better, and more accurate chant would have been “Safety school!” or something making fun of Temple’s 63% acceptance rate. It was no surprise that the chants originated from the upper levels of the student section, from all the fair-weather fans and intoxicated late comers. Let’s not do this again, though, okay?
- Apparently Onward State commenters don’t show up to the games in large numbers, because the Blue Out seemed to go extremely well. I’m anxious to see their fundraising totals, but almost everyone was wearing Blue — many in the official Blue Out t-shirt. It was a fantastic showing, and hopefully a student initiative that will continue long into the future. The organizers of Blue Out were also recognized during the game, which was well deserved.
- Matt McGloin is fun to watch. Those are words I never thought I would say, but McGloin has shown incredible poise in the pocket and always seems to hit his receiver. I wish he wouldn’t pout and rip his helmet straps off every time someone messes up (mainly after false starts and dropped passes) but the improvement is significant, as evidenced by his 1,006 yards in the first four games.
- The first loud Joe Pa-ter-no chant of the year could be heard after the 1982 National Championship team was introduced at halftime. Of course, none of the coaches were announced and the PA volume was turned up once the chanting started, but the players seemed to eat up the student section’s acknowledgment If ever there was an appropriate time for a Joe Paterno chant, it was then.
- I mentioned last week that “Some Nights” by fun. was played over the speakers and I liked it. This week, it was played at least three times. I appreciate the effort to adapt some new playlists, but some diversity would be nice too. “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show was a great addition that I noticed this week.
- As widely reported by the Daily Collegian and our grandfather Davis Shaver, there was a beautiful rainbow on display during certain times of the game.
- I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Nittany Lion and RAM Squad danced to “Gangnam Style” during one of the breaks. If you like that sort of thing.
- Penn State’s 100 penalty yards is the most they’ve had in over 12 years. From the stands, it looked like some of the calls were questionable, although I haven’t had a chance to watch a replay of the game yet. Bill O’Brien going off on the refs was awesome, and reminded me a lot of this guy.
- One interesting minutiae I noticed is that Penn State kickers no longer retrieve their own tee after a kickoff. Instead, a team manager runs out to pick up the tee after the play. Most teams have been doing this for years, but Joe Paterno always made kickers pick up their own tees. It’s meaningless, of course, but it’s just something different I noticed this weekend.
We’ll be back in action next week from Champaign, Illinois for the first Big Ten road trip of the year.