As I watched Saturday's game from the comfort of a Dallas bar surrounded by a multitude of other Penn Staters, I saw fellow fans in Beaver Stadium soaked from head-to-toe as sheets of rain pounded the stands for what looked to be the entire game. Seeing that, it took me back a few years to the worst game I ever sat through in State College....
September 26, 2009.
For Penn State's 8:00 p.m. kick with Iowa the year after the Hawkeyes killed Penn State's BCS championship hopes, gametime temperature was just below 40 degrees and it rained. And rained. And rained. And rained. Now, a win would have made all of that worth it. But, as we know now, that wasn't happening.
Darryl Clark threw three picks. Evan Royster fumbled on a drive that started in Iowa territory. And, the nightmare that still haunts me, Adrian Clayborn broke through our porous punt protection (something that I called before the ball was even snapped) and blocked Jeremy Boone's punt, taking it back for a score which was the dagger in the heart of the Nittany Lions.
If it was just the cold and the rain for one night, I suppose things would have been alright. But, by the end of the game, most of us were sick -- including the girl I went to the game with and had plans to hang out with afterwards which then never came to fruition -- and I still had to go into work at 6:00 a.m. the next morning which I was finally able to go to sleep for after a wet, defeated, 30-minute walk back to West Halls.
And we lost to Iowa for a second year in a row. Damn it.
It was much warmer in State College on Saturday and the Lions came out with a big win, so I'm sure that things seemed much better than my experience from four years ago, but still, rain games are the worst.
So as we start our first bye week of the season, I pose the question:
What is the most miserable game you've ever been to, Penn State or otherwise?
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