One Fan’s Opinion: Penn State

Written August 10th, 2012 by Janelle

Our friend Janelle checks in with a unique perspective on the school in Happy Valley.

Schadenfreude

I hate Penn State.

No, really, I loathe Penn State.

Now, when I tell people this these days, I’ll get responses telling me to have a heart and to have some sympathy for what they’ve been going through the past nine months.

They don’t realize that I grew up in Penn State territory, about an hour and a half away from State College.  My dad is a Penn State fan.  My grandparents are Penn State fans. My brother and sister-in-law are Penn State alumni. My mom and I are the lone ones that wear scarlet and gray in a sea of blue and white on football Saturdays in the fall.

As a kid, my dad used to take me to Penn State games to try to convince me to become part of “Nittany Nation.”  It never worked.  I was destined to be part of Buckeye Nation from day one.  But I never imagined I would end up hating Penn State like I do.

Recently, I’ve spent time trying to find out where exactly my hatred for the Nittany Lions comes from.

It isn’t their players (although players like Moxie McGloin add fuel to the fire).  It isn’t the school itself (I mean, it’s a school in the middle of nowhere…and since I go to Ohio State, The Best D&%# School in the Land, all I can do is feel sorry for students who end up in Happy Valley and not in Columbus).  Up until recently, it wasn’t the coaching staff (although, even before this Sandusky scandal, I was never a Joe Paterno “fan”…as the rest of the world is finally starting to see, he was held in an almost god-like light by his supporters, and had way too much power over an entire town and even state).  It’s not the new coaching staff.

No, my hatred comes from Penn State’s fans. It honestly has to be one of the worst fan bases in the entire country.

When Terrelle Pryor was making his decision about where he was going to play college football, Penn State fans were all excited about the prospect of him in a blue and white uniform.  They were convinced that Tom Bradley would convince TP to play for them.  When he chose Ohio State, suddenly, their fans were saying things like “he’s not that good,” “we didn’t really want him anyway,” etc.

Then more recently, when they recruited Rob Bolden (who, as we all know has since taken his talents to LSU), they were all excited about him because he was supposedly, according to some Penn State fans I know, Michael Robinson Part II.  As they found that he was not even close to being M-Rob, they quickly threw him under the bus.

Now, I’m not saying that Penn State’s fan base is the only one that practices these behaviors, but they certainly have mastered them.

Oh, Sweet Irony...

Worse than those types of behaviors was the extreme arrogance that existed among them before the recent events transpired.  When Ohio State went through its NCAA issues in 2011, Penn State fans were quick to point fingers and laugh at Buckeye Nation.  They were quick to take shots at our players and Jim Tressel.  I even remember the “Liars” and “Legends” t-shirt made with Tressel’s vest on the back and Joe Pa’s glasses on the front. Many of them were also pleased to see a 6-6 season last year and a bow ban given to us by the NCAA for the coming year.

The “it would never happen here” high horse attitude was worse than ever, and I was living right in the thick of it. Throughout Central PA, I would get chastised for wearing my Ohio State gear.  They’d question why I wasn’t embarrassed to wear it because of what had happened.  I chose to keep quiet.  I knew we’d get back on track in short order, and as I write this, I’m smiling thinking of how great the Buckeyes are going to be under the direction of Urban Meyer.

Anyways, back to the Penn State fans…they’re some of the worst I’ve seen, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that seeing them get a serving of humble pie lately hasn’t given me a small bit of satisfaction inside.  And I’d also be lying if I said that the fact that they’re probably headed for a less than impressive football season isn’t giving me a little bit of joy as well.  Sue me. I dealt with jibes from family members who love Penn State over what happened to Ohio State all of last year and even into this year somewhat. It is their turn to deal with some down time for their team.

The difference is I’m just going to sit back, sip my tea, and watch them go through this instead of shoving it in their face as they did to me. Yes, I’m sure there will be days where I might feel sorry for them, but not enough to make me stop hating them.

And definitely not enough for me not to want the Buckeyes to absolutely obliterate them when the time comes for us to play them this season.

8 Comments

  1. steve benderNo Gravatar
    August 10th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I applaud this article, I live maybe 5 miles away from the pennsylvania state line and feel the EXACT same way. Id even go as far as to say they are worse then those from tsun!! Then got just what they deserved when the NCAA ruled. I frequent any game that tOSU plays in state college and enjoy handing them a loss on a silver platter each time! When that ruling came and the wins were vacated and the faces were shown it made 2012 the best year of my life! I could go on for hours about them and their lack of class but I will end it by saying job well done. Go Bucks!!

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  2. C-DogNo Gravatar
    August 10th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    The Wisconsin Badger fanbase has far more [tBBC edit].

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  3. BhopNo Gravatar
    August 11th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    With this new child porn story that just came out about Sandusky and his sicko friends. If this was allowed to be done on PSU campus…IMO you’ll see Delany say bye bye to PSU and hello to another school. Take it to the bank…I tend to think..why not. It was Joe P. was the only reason they got into the B1G in the first place.

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    77JDWNo Gravatar
    August 13th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. Joe Paterno was on lublic record as vehemently OPPOSING joining the B1G. SO much for JoePa “running the show”.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    August 13th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I would be opposed to joining the Big Ten too if I knew I would be relegated to Northwestern status in the conference over the next 20 years. Who wouldn’t want to keep beating up the sisters of the poor as an independent and tricking people into thinking that you are a nationally relevant college football team?

    As an independent, Penn State invented the Boise State strategy for national relevance.

    Also, I assume he was referring to Paterno’s (at the time) legendary status in college football being the primary factor which made Penn State an attractive addition to the conference rather than Paterno himself actually wanting to join and be exposed as a mediocre coach for a mediocre team in the Big Ten.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    August 13th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I’m not sure I know what lublic record is, nor (given the circumstances) am I interested in finding out.

    One of the sticking points re: Joe Pa and the Big T1e1n was the use of conference officials. There was a history of PSU “providing” their own refs… as I’m sure Nebraska fans can attest.

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    BhopNo Gravatar
    August 13th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    To 77JDW/PSU fan: I’m not saying that Joe wanted to be in the B1G. His “presitge” “honor” and all that other “B”S that he and his staff and fans spread is what I’m referring to at the time. We all know that PSU is now little sisters of the poor…no team can function with 65 scholarships as well as all these guys flying out of the program (players on the team as well as recruits). It’s over 77JDW…too bad I just now looked at my email. May be you could have seen this sense I’m making to your ignorant response…too bad indeed.

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  4. BrandonNo Gravatar
    August 11th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Yep, my thoughts echoed in this article, although I will say that I have never felt sorry for their fanbase throughout this, and I don’t foresee it happening. Anytime I see a picture of one of their heart broken fans’ reaction to the sanctions on the various news sites I smile, and it makes my day that much better. They deserve everything they got and I hope they never get to see their football team win another game. Worst fan base in the entire nation. That includes Michigan, LSU, and Wisconsin.

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