I've been a Penn State fan since I was seven years old. I graduated in 1983, a National Championship year. I love seeing the Lions win, but even when they lose, I am happy just to watch them play. When they lose, I don't feel angry or sorry for myself, because I do not want the players to win for me, but for themselves. These young men work very hard. They have to maintain grades and remain trouble free, all while abusing themselves physically for our enjoyment. They committed to be Nittany Lions, and everything that entails, from the accolades to the warts. They deserve nothing but our respect and kudos, no matter the outcome. Penn State has the classiest program in college football, with the most distinctive uniforms and the most iconic coach in the history of any game. There is a reason Jimmy Johnson referred to him derisively as Saint Paterno, which is quite an honor, especially considering the source. It is an appellation he has earned for his dedication to turning strong boys into even stronger men, and I am proud to call myself a fan, win or lose.
Here in Nintendo 12 country, I weather the inevitable shots with humor, with the knowledge that the true fans of the game, no matter which team they support, understand the tradition and contribution of JoePa and all the Nittany Lions, from The Meteroic Midget to The Bolden Child. I also tell them that Nittany Lions fans are real men (sorry, Divas), because we do not have to wear another man's name on our backs.
The Greatest Show in College Football will persevere.
After the jump, I wanted to share some funny football quotes I found. Keep smiling.
"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." - Joe Theismann
"He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings." - Torrin Polk, University of Houston, when asked about his coach.
“I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first” - George Rogers, New Orleans Saints
"You guys line up alphabetically by height."
"Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl." - Bill Peterson
"I wouldn't ever set out to hurt anyone deliberately unless it was important -- like a league game." - Dick Butkus
"I've been big ever since I was little." - William "Refrigerator" Perry
"I feel like I'm the best, but you're not going to get me to say that." - Jerry Rice
"Hawaii doesn't win many games in the United States." - Lee Corso. Ironically, Lee needs a "geografia corso".
"I'm really happy for Coach Cooper and the guys who've been around here for six or seven years, especially our seniors." - Bob Hoying, Buckeyes Quarterback
"When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team.' - George Raveling
If my mother put on a helmet and shoulder pads and a uniform that wasn't the same as the one I was wearing, I'd run over her if she was in my way. And I love my mother. - Bo Jackson
Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent. - Dave Barry
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? - Jim Bouton
We can't run. We can't pass. We can't stop the run. We can't stop the pass. We can't kick. Other than that, we're just not a very good football team right now. - Bruce Coslet
It's the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back. - Joe Paterno