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The Best Of Your Penn State Hot Takes

After our staff expressed some of its hot takes a few weeks ago, we asked you to sound off on your own unpopular opinions about Dear Old State.

After going through all the responses, we picked a few takes that were particularly strong. We hope some of these bold takes spark some debate in your next Penn State discussions. So, strap in and get ready for some of your hot takes.

‘I Would Trade All 10 Wrestling Titles For A Contending Men’s Basketball Team’

“I understand that wrestling is a very popular sport at Penn State and I’m glad we’re a national power in something, but I’ve never understood the appeal,” said one Penn State alum. “I tried to get into it when I was a student, following results and attending matches, but I could never get invested. We’re the only school I know of that is seemingly more interested in wrestling than basketball and even the other powers, like Iowa and Oklahoma State, are far better at hoops than we are. Admittedly, I’m biased because I grew up watching college basketball and find it to be a more exciting sport, but I would trade all our wrestling natties for a basketball team capable of contending in the Big Ten and making deep NCAA tournament runs.”

Here’s to dancin’ in March. In Shrewsberry we trust.

‘Cold-Weather Football Games Are Better Than Warm-Weather Games’

“I brought this up to members of my group on Saturday at the Michigan game and was met with expected resistance, but it’s 100% true,” says one Penn State junior. “Between two tailgates and the actual time spent at the game, I was outside for nine hours straight. I’ll admit I was incredibly cold. Despite that, however, I would not trade freezing temperatures for a sunny 75-degree day. Cold weather just FEELS like football. Suffering in the stands alongside fellow students makes me feel like an extension of the team on the field. Snowfall creates the perfect backdrop for black shoes and basic blues. In the cold, every third-down stop becomes more visceral and every touchdown more exhilarating. Warm-weather games certainly have their place, but cold-weather games will always be a step above.”

This is what Big Ten football is all about, folks. However, groups of girls sitting on the bathroom floor during the Michigan game may think otherwise.

‘Creamery Milkshakes > Bowls Or Cones’

“Have you ever successfully eaten a cone or bowl from the Creamery and not gotten it all over your hands? I enjoy not having sticky fingers and licking ice cream off your hands doesn’t seem particularly sanitary (especially right now),” says a Penn State junior. “Gimmie a milkshake any day of the week.”

‘The Creamery Isn’t Special’

“The Creamery isn’t anything special. It just tastes like any other ice cream,” says a Penn State senior.

“Meyer Dairy is better than the Creamery,” one alum claims.

Earlier this year, our staff strapped on some blindfolds and taste-tested Creamery and Meyer Dairy ice cream to put an end to the debate once and for all. Does it stack up?

‘The Waffle Shop Is Overrated’

“The line is always way too long, and the food is never good enough to justify the wait,” one alum claims.

“Let’s be honest, it’s not that good,” says one Penn State fan.

‘Sweet Caroline Is A Terrible Song & A Dumb Beaver Stadium Tradition’

“I have ears,” says this Penn State alum.

‘Penn State Is A Cult’

“Football. Enough said,” one townie claims.


Well, what are your Penn State hot takes? Send them our way through this form. If you’re lucky, we might just feature on Onward State soon.

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Tobey Prime

Tobey is a junior studying broadcast journalism from Lancaster, PA. He is a major Pittsburgh sports fan and Miami Heat fanatic. When Tobey isn't writing for Onward State, you can catch him looking at photos of his pugs. Send your best insults to [email protected] or sports takes to @tobey_prime on Twitter.

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