A former coach–who shall remain unnamed, but wore rolled up khaki’s and plain black Nike shoes–was often heard to say, “we got our ears kicked in” after a particularly bad loss.
Should we unpack those khaki’s?
You just keep those khaki’s packed.
Losing 42-7 in Ann Arbor, we definitely got kicked. Pwned. Dominated. Embarrassed. Stifled, Edith already.
I have no inclination to regurgitate any stats, replays or in any way relive a moment of this fiasco.
As a fan, you know what the team was up against. Their opponent was undefeated in Big Ten play. Their only loss was to a 4th ranked Irish team to open the season. We were double digit underdogs. We were playing in their House. A very Big House.
Did we expect to win? Kind of. We hoped to win. We hoped the defense, which seemed to be getting better as the season played out, would keep us in the game. They did–for a half. We kind of hoped (“expected”) the offense to break out at some point. We know we have some play makers. We know we have a gutsy quarterback with a modicum of talent. Is it really insane to believe we could put together a perfect game in Ann Arbor?
But those hopes and dreams were shattered and strewn across the field at the Big House.
Perhaps the thing that bothered me the most, is that Michigan, and especially their players if not the coaches as well, adhered to their mantra of the “revenge tour.” Basically, anyone who beat them last year, was now a target. Fine, Whatever.
But where was the revenge for our guys?
Michigan leads the all-time series 14-8, and at one time held a nine-game win streak. They ruined a perfect season in 2005. Remember the heel toe and the infamous two seconds? In the first game at Beaver Stadium, our team was flagged a penalty for CROWD NOISE. The whole referee–referine thing has been whined about by Penn State fans since joining this league. While the players that took the field may not recall all the details, they certainly must know that this is a rivalry.
And make no mistake about it, we are a rival, whether the snotty, most winning team and their fan base want to admit it.
If we’re not a rival, then why did multiple Michigan players mock celebrate after plays–many swinging a bat and saluting ala Trace McSorley, or running with their arms pinwheeling ala Saquon Barkley?
And how about the Zombie Nation song blaring, with their fans chanting–what I think was–You Suck Penn State, (or worse, We *UCK Penn State, and one Michigan Board claimed they chanted WE OWN PENN STATE) instead of our more catchy and family friendly We Are Penn State.
They can deny it all they want, but we have gotten to them. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
We royally pissed them off, and the scoreboard reflected that. The antics of mocking us bordered on unsportsmanlike conduct, but then I’m not a big fan of the showboating dances and rituals, so I can’t throw a stone from my glass house at their Big House, seeing as our players may come across as a wee bit cocky sometimes. When we win, that is.
And win we did not.