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Staff Picks: How Will Halloween’s Blue Moon Affect Penn State-Ohio State?

You know that old saying “once in a blue moon?”

Well, there is a rare storm brewing in State College this weekend. Not only will residents be celebrating Halloween, but the Nittany Lions will face the Ohio State Buckeyes under a full moon Saturday. A full blue moon, that is.

True to the age-old saying, blue moons are pretty darn rare. A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month that contains two full moons — a pretty rare feat knowing a full moon occurs roughly once every 29.5 days!

With ESPN’s College GameDay also in town, this weekend is sure to be one for the book here in Happy Valley. What will this full moon on Halloween bring? Werewolves and witches? Ghosts and ghouls? Maybe a positive change in Penn State football’s play-calling?

Our staffer’s are quite sure that almost anything is possible this weekend. Here’s what they think might happen.

Dana Nunemacher: State College Goes Up In Flames

Penn State students are dumb full of pride. No matter the outcome of this weekend’s game, and under the control of the blue moon, I think students will be ready to tear the town down.

It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen this. Back in 2011, students tore down a lamp post and flipped cars after Joe Paterno was fired. Following a big win against Ohio State in 2016, residents saw students “rally” in Beaver Canyon.

After the year Penn State students have had, I wouldn’t be surprised to wake up to reports on Sunday that some type of fire broke out.

Matt DiSanto: James Franklin Turns Into A Werewolf

James Franklin bleeds blue and white, which makes me believe his inner beast will make an appearance under a rare blue moon this weekend. Franklin is known for his stylish bald look, but I feel that may simply be a cover-up for the “Teen Wolf”-style mane (Michael J. Fox, folks!) he’s got brewing deep in his subconscious.

When Penn State is inevitably down a few scores against Ohio State, werewolf Franklin will give in to his untamed instincts and throw the playbook out the window. We’re talking flea-flickers on first down, going for two points after every score, and never, ever, punting. Let’s get weird, folks.

Mira DiBattiste: The Rise Of The JoePa Statue

When the blue moon rises on the night of Halloween over the Ohio State game, the JoePa statue will rise from its hiding spot and walk itself to Beaver Stadium to cheer on the team. Everyone knows the blue moon has the power to ignite the fire in JoePa.

Grace Cunningham: Clowns Will Return

On this most spooky of nights, I think clowns are going to make a comeback. Back in 2016, the infamous clown riots took place on the streets of downtown State College. It’s been a while since I’ve heard any clown talk, so it only makes sense that they’ve been using these past four years to plan something truly maniacal for the blue moon. I think the clowns will storm the field in the middle of a play. They take over the game. Penn State doesn’t win, but Ohio State doesn’t win either. The clowns win!

Trae Morgan-White: Good Vibes For Penn State Football

I mean, when you look at Penn State, you see blue – literally. The blue moon is totally in favor of a potential Nittany Lions victory on Saturday. I won’t say it’s going to be a perfect win like James Franklin believes, but it may be a sign of redemption from last week. The Buckeyes are stepping onto Beaver Stadium territory. Ohio State should be concerned.

Colleen Nersten: Coronavirus Gets Eradicated In Centre County

Just as a Blue Moon beer cures a hangover, the actual blue moon will cure coronavirus in Centre County. The blue moon is our only hope! With the way students have been partying and with the chaos and crowds that will surely ensue this weekend, it’s our last shot to save this darn town. I suspect that we will wake up on gameday with no more coronavirus cases, and the quarantine kids will break free. I’m already manifesting it.

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