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Attention Penn State: The Nittany Lion Has An Announcement

Attention Penn State fans: the Nittany Lion has a very special announcement.

With the massive array of customs and traditions that Penn State packs into a day of football, the Nittany Lion wants to add another to the collection. Among the legion of traditions that go on in Beaver Stadium, some of the most popular rituals are the singing of “Sweet Caroline,” doing the wave, the drum major flip, and many more. The Lion expects the new tradition that it wants to implement to be popular among students because of its use of the entire student section.

The Nittany Lion will debut “The Roller Coaster” at Beaver Stadium this year, and we’re all very excited about it. We met with the symbol of our best to talk (or in his case, roar) about its new idea.

“This tradition is one that will get the crowd involved and be an even bigger part of the action,” The Lion seemed to say after doing a backflip. “I want to make the student section simulate a ride on a roller coaster to rattle the opposing team during field goals. I think it’ll be a huge hit.”

Some fans may be familiar with “The Roller Coaster” at other sports events like basketball games. During those games, the student section collectively pretends it’s on a roller coaster ride. The members harness themselves with an invisible lap bar and distract the opposing team with screams, laughs, and 360 degree movement as they simulate an exhilarating roller coaster ride.

To the best of the Lion’s knowledge, it has never been done in the capacity of a football stadium. Penn State would be the first to pull it off, and add another special entry to a long list of “firsts.”

The main reason that no one has been known to try this ritual at a football game is because of the substantial increase in size of a football stadium compared to a basketball arena. Just to compare, the Bryce Jordan Center’s capacity is around 15,000 seats while Beaver Stadium can hold more than 107,000 fans. With that size, the Nittany Lion wants to start off on a smaller scale.

“I want it to just be the student section at the beginning of the season,” the Nittany Lion roared with a shake of its ears. “The student section is always the most energetic part of the stadium, so I think its the perfect place to kick the ritual off right. If the other side starts to understand what we’re doing then I’ll move over to the opposite endzone and do it with them. Just at the beginning of the season, it’ll be with the student section.”

“I will be signalling to the student section to start ‘The Roller Coaster’ with me during opposing field goals that are facing them. If it can be done right, then it could have a huge impact on opposing kickers. It will only be for field goals and not extra points, unless its needed.”

The Nittany Lion has some big aspirations for this new tradition and needs the students’ help to make it a lasting one. With the pure energy that Penn State fans bring to Beaver Stadium every Saturday, it is quite possible to make “The Roller Coaster” a memorable and anticipated addition to the family.

“I want Penn State to be the hardest place in the country for opponents to kick field goals. We already have the greatest student section and the greatest fan base in the country, so I know it can be done.”

The Lion is expected to start this ritual at the first home game of the season, so be on the lookout when Penn State faces off against Buffalo tomorrow at noon.

About the Author

Jacob Abrams

Jacob Abrams is a sophomore from Oxford, PA, majoring in Management in the Smeal College of Business. Jacob is the President/GM of The LION 90.7 FM along with being a play-by-play commentator and sports talk show host. He is a sports fanatic, and strongly supports the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and the New Orleans Saints. He is a first-generation Penn Stater, and in his free time he likes to play sports and sing. You can follow him on Twitter @jake_abrams and contact him at [email protected]


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