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Can Anyone Stop A Historic Men’s Gymnastics Three-Peat?

The NBA had the Celtics in the 60s and 70s. The Yankees ruled baseball for a decade at the turn of the century. UConn women’s basketball went years without losing a regular season game.

If you come to Saturday night’s Pep Rally, you’ll be watching THON’s own dynasty.

Penn State men’s gymnastics has taken home the last two Pep Rally titles. It is tied for most titles in the past decade. Teams have managed to repeat. It’ll attempt a feat no other team has accomplished during that time: a three-peat.

Pep Rally Winners since 2009

  • 2009 — Men’s hockey
  • 2010 — Football
  • 2011 — Football
  • 2012 — Men’s gymnastics
  • 2013 — Men’s swimming
  • 2014 — Men’s swimming
  • 2015 — Men’s hockey
  • 2016 — Football
  • 2017 — Men’s gymnastics
  • 2018 — Men’s gymanstics

The number one thing men’s gymnastics has going for it that other teams just can’t match is the acrobatics. Like, c’mon, if they’re doing flips, Jimmy from the men’s golf team can only put together so many moves to compete.

Can anyone knock off these gravity-defying gods?

If the gymnasts have one rival, it might be the football team, the only other team to match them with three titles. Its got the popularity to win a crowd vote and the athleticism to keep it as close as anyone can with men’s gymnastics.

The two teams have combined for six of the 10 titles in the last decade, as well as each of the last three.

Their showdowns even included an overtime dance-off dual in 2010. After ending up in a tie, the crowd wanted more from the two teams.

“If it were up to me, I would do a dance off,” Joe Paterno said at the time. “(But) we might be here till the money total.”

The crowd was unrelenting, and surely enough, they headed to a dance off that the football team took over.

It might take similar heroics Saturday to pull off an upset.

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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.

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