I feel bad. I try not to be overly negative as a fan, in fact, I do my best to be positive. But recently, I've been a little down. I'm headed up to State College this weekend, and I still get fired up like I'm ten. I thought I'd share one of my favorite stories about Penn State. This one was urban legend for a long time, but was confirmed in M.G. Missanelli's book, "A Perfect Season".
Everybody remembers Pete Gifttopoulos' interception, but lost to the sands of time is the fact that after the play about seven seconds remained. The game was over, Paterno was lifted on to the shoulders of his players, he promptly freaked, because the game technically wasn't over. Miami, realizing the game was over didn't want to come back out on to the field, rather, they wanted to go home.
As the teams came out on to the field for the final snap, offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski surveyed the Miami defensive line, Jerome Brown et al. and said the following;
"Look at them, look at how pathetic they are, we beat them, they are done".
Can you imagine anything cooler than that feeling in your entire life? All their bluster, and all their talent, at the end of it they were pathetic. Beaten. It was one game, more then 20 years ago, but it in so many ways it was the first game of the modern era of college football.
It's still the most watched college football game in history, we must be doing something right.