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What The World Looked Like The Last Time CBS Televised Penn State Football

Penn State football will travel to Auburn this weekend for a rematch of last year’s White Out. The Nittany Lions’ game will be televised on CBS — marking their first appearance on the network since 2000 when they lost to Pitt.

If you feel old, we don’t blame you. 2000 was 22 years ago, and the world looked a lot different back then. How much do you remember?

The last time CBS televised Penn State football…

Penn State Produced The NFL Draft’s First Two Picks

In the 2000 NFL Draft, the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks hailed from Happy Valley. Defensive end Courtney Brown went to the Cleveland Browns, while linebacker LaVar Arrington was drafted by the Washington Commanders. Two other Nittany Lions were selected in the draft as well — cornerback David Macklin and linebacker Brandon Short.

Brown flamed out and is recognized as one of the Browns’ many first-round draft busts. Arrington went on to earn three Pro Bowl appearances during his seven seasons with Washington and the New York Giants.

Athletic Director Pat Kraft Was In His 20s

We couldn’t find official confirmation of his birthday anywhere, so this took a little math. Penn State’s new athletic director Pat Kraft was named to the Sports Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016 when he was 38 years old.

That means he turned 22 in 2000. Kraft very well could have been doing some last-minute homework at Indiana University while watching the Nittany Lions on CBS.

Tom Brady Was A Rookie

Though now he’s widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady was a mere rookie in 2000. Today, Brady has 10 Super Bowl appearances under his belt and a record-setting seven wins.

Little did that Michigan Wolverine know…

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” Dominated The Box Office

Despite classic movies like “Cast Away” and “Gladiator” being released in 2000, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey ended the year as the highest-grossing movie domestically.

Closing at a box office pull of over $250 million, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” beat the second-highest grossing film (“Mission: Impossible II”) by over $30 million.

The “ILOVEYOU” Virus Spread

Those who were around likely remember the Y2K bug fears, but just as palpable was the “ILOVEYOU” computer virus.

Affecting over 50 million computers, the virus was hidden in a fake email attachment masquerading as a love letter. When users clicked on the document, the “ILOVEYOU” virus overwrote random files and then emailed itself to everyone in the computer’s contact list. Its damage is estimated to be up to $8.7 billion.

The Oscars Drew 46.5 Million Viewers

Headlined by a Best Picture win by “American Beauty,” the 2000 Oscars drew a television audience of 46.5 million viewers. For comparison, the award show’s 2022 edition nabbed just 16.6 million.

Clifford The Big Red Dog Debuted

Classic children’s TV show “Clifford the Big Red Dog” debuted in 2000. Clifford first hit the small screen in September of that year.

Another famous Clifford, quarterback Sean, was two years old at the time. It’s very possible Penn State’s current starting quarterback caught some of the first episodes of his namesake show before his parents tuned in to Penn State’s rivalry battle with Pitt.

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Sam Fremin

Sam is a senior from Ashburn, Virginia, majoring in journalism and political science & minoring in German and creative writing. He is a Dallas Cowboys fan who relishes the misery of Eagles fans. All hate messages can be sent to [email protected] or @SamFremin on Twitter.

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