Our oldest son, Scott, and his wife, Courtney, are both Penn State graduates, are avid fans, and regularly attend home games. As luck would have it, an extra ticket was available for the PSU vs Ohio State game on October 27th so I asked if I could join them. Now I need to say something here.... I am not a sports fan per se' and certainly have never been to a football game so asking to tag along was completely out of character for me. At the very least, I'd be able to spend some time with my son and his family. Kathy's reaction was simply "are you nuts?". Guess so, because I packed some stuff and off I went on the 3-1/2 hour drive to State College PA.
The game was scheduled to start at 5:30pm but here it was 8:00am and off we went to the stadium to secure a good spot in the parking lot for the all day tailgate party. I had heard about these tailgate parties but just didn't realize just how BIG a party they actually are! First order of business was to unpack the canopy, set it up, break out the tables and chairs, then the camp stove so we could have some walnut filled pancakes for breakfast. Of course there was bacon and a bunch of other stuff all of which told me it was time to cast my Weight Watchers ledger book to the wind... I was on a diet-less day!
Eventually we made our way to the stadium which was sold out so a capacity crowd of just under 108,000 were in attendance. PSU prides itself on making LOTS of noise when the visiting team has the ball in an effort to make it hard for them hear calls and, perhaps, confuse them. And skull vibrating noise they made, more than I ever experienced in 31+ years working in a steel mill. I'm convinced I would have gone deaf if PSU had WON. One can watch the game from the comfort of a living room sofa but something has to be said for the energy a crowd of this size brings to the game.
Scott and Courtney, thanks for letting me share in the experience which is one I will never forget....
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