What’s Missing From The 2022 THON Line Dance?

Once again, the annual THON line dance has done a spectacular job at capturing the essence of a year in a couple of minutes of catchy tunes and groovy dance moves. However, with such a time limitation, there are always going to be some things missing.

Looking back at the last year, let’s list some of the things that didn’t quite make the cut for the THON 2022 line dance.

Penn State Hoops Finds Its New Coach

The line dance did a great job at hitting some key sports moments, including the return of the White Out and the first-ever double for Penn State Men’s Soccer. One critical moment that we think was missed, however, was the hiring of Micah Shrewsberry as the new coach for Penn State Men’s Basketball. This hiring begins a new era for the program and was certainly worth noting.

Berries And Cream

Whether you lived for the chaos, or like me, you found it annoying, there’s no denying the impact that the revival of the “Berries and Cream” meme had on internet culture this year. I recall a several-week period where you couldn’t scroll more than two videos on TikTok without seeing a “little lad” meme, and for that reason, I think it could’ve made the cut.

Lil Nas X’s “Montero”

You’re never gonna be able to include every relevant song or music moment, but there’s no denying the monumental impact that “Montero” by Lil Nas X had on pop culture and music. The album finished the year as Billboard’s third-highest ranked of the year, with two of the songs on the album topping charts in the United States.

The Metaverse

Whether you see it as a meme or the future of virtual interaction, the inception of the “Metaverse” and Facebook’s “Meta” rebranding made headlines. Many used it as an opportunity to joke about and criticize Mark Zuckerburg’s robot-like speech mannerisms, but with Oculus headsets topping lists for popular holiday gifts in 2021, it appears that the Metaverse may be here to stay.

James Franklin’s Contract Extension

One of the biggest sports stories out of Penn State this year was football coach James Franklin’s 10-year contract extension to keep him in Happy Valley for the next decade. It’s no secret that Penn Staters love their football, and I think the line “Coach Franklin’s here to stay” has so many good rhyming possibilities!

TV Shows!

I loved the mentions for “Don’t Look Up,” and “No Way Home,” because those films certainly caught some online buzz this year, but so did so many TV shows! Comedies like Ted Lasso took off, Succession made waves, and fans obsessed over Marvel shows like Wandavision and Loki. Not to mention all the Netflix shows that people watched this year! Squid Games did get a mention, deservingly so, but I think there were some other deserving shows.

There’s always gonna be things missing, but the fact of the matter is, this year’s line dance is pretty great… even if your favorite TV show didn’t make the cut.

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Mikey DeAngelis

Mikey DeAngelis is a junior majoring in film production who is also serving as one of Onward State's visual editors. During his free time, he enjoys making content for his YouTube channel. Mikey loves Philly sports, traveling and hiking in National Parks, and watching movies. To reach Mikey, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@mikey_deangelis) or by email ([email protected]).

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