SI.com college football writer Stewart Mandel shares his commentary, analysis and random tidbits on the latest developments around the country.
10/27/2007 01:18:00 PM
Scary Saturday in State College
Penn State students have planned another "White Out" for Saturday night's game against No. 1 Ohio State.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Well, Friday night in State College was … kind of scary. The Penn State student body -- in particular the females -- take Halloween pretty seriously. Walking up and down College Ave., the main drag of restaurants and bars adjacent to campus, one passed by every creative costume imaginable. I saw Marilyn Monroe. I saw Britney Spears. But mostly, I saw a whole bunch of Playboy-bunny mimics who used the holiday as an excuse to wear their lingerie in public.
Throw in the rainy weather, a whole bunch of alcohol and the sound of someone starting a “WE ARE … PENN STATE” chant every seven seconds and you’ve got all the makings of a powder keg waiting to explode. No. 1 Ohio State will be walking into one seriously scary stadium Saturday night.
The nasty weather, by the way, could play a factor in many games played in the Eastern half of the United States today. On my TV now, West Virginia and Rutgers are playing under a heavy downpour. One would think that might work against the speedy Mountainers, but both Pat White and Steve Slaton have already run for touchdowns halfway through the first quarter.
Enjoy the games. I’ll now sit back and wait to see how exactly you guys segue this post -- one primarily about Halloween costumes and weather -- into yet another SEC vs. Big Ten argument.
Those little ten chics got nothing on southern bred SEC girls. Our southern girls would beat those northern girls any day of the week in hotness and our football teams are better too. I guess we do have it all in the south. The best food, the best girls, and the best football.
Will America (or those silly enough to watch the game while Oregon-USC is on) see what we Nebraska fans have been witnessing for several weeks now (a team and a coaching staff that has raised the white flag)? We shall see...
I've been to State College once: Penn State 40, Nebraska 7. That was scary.
Kelly: Right now I'm "hanging out" at a booth in Chili's. I appreciate everyone's invites to tailgate and drink beers, but as hard as it may seem to believe ... I'm working! This blog doesn't publish itself.
WE ARE... PENN STATE! This is the perfect weekend to be a Penn State Student. Halloween Weekend and Ohio State tonight. Hey Stew, you've tried the ice cream from the Creamery yet? You can't leave State College without getting some of that. And our Penn State Girls can outshine those SEC girls any day.
I'm going to put my life savings up to say that Ohio University's halloween weekend is simply the best in the country. That makes the MAC better than the Big Ten. If I'm wrong, well, you can have my twenty bucks.
However, I do have to say that my favorite "girl of the big ten" in playboy was from Penn State. But that was the issue from about ten years ago. I wonder what she's up to now? Maybe wandering the streets dressed as a playboy bunny?
Don't knock the "y'all." I personally believe it's the greatest contraction invented because it removes the ambiguity from "you" (sing.) and "you" (plural). And I'd much rather say "y'all" than "you guys" for a group of people. Less words and isn't sexist.
Well, I'm from up north and I say "y'all" too...works pretty well I have to admit. And while I'm sorely tempted to take exception with what my friends from the SEC say about hotness of women (well, about the best football too :) )...I'll simply say that no matter WHAT conference we're in, us guy posters are lucky to have some great women around us! That of course goes for you ladies posting here as well!
Good luck to all (even you SEC yahoos!) and have a good day.
Stewart- Dude. You're eating at Chili's? Why support some hideous corporate chain when you're out there on SI's dime? You're kidding, right? I think someone needs to buy you a copy of "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas." Let me know if you need an attorney to ride shotgun. Work shmurk.
Very nearby is a place called the Skellar. Go there, get a slice of pizza and a case of Rolling Rock. This could just be your best blog yet!
I was at that PSU/Nebraska game back in 2002. Over 111,000 at that game and it still holds the attendance record. It was nice to see Lee and Kirk mention that PSU has the best student section and loudest stadium in college football. They certainly do and that place will be nuts tonight.
What happened to Kentucky today? Was that another example of how strong the SEC is?
Wisconsin Halloween is superior. ...Or at least it was.. until it changed from a spontaneous gathering of horny drunk college kids (from around the state and region) and was transformed (by the will of the mayor and city council of Madison) into "Freakfest, brought to you by Mountain Dew. Five dollars admission, please." We used to get like 100,000 people on that street. Now I doubt they'll get 40.
yeah like it actually makes sense to say that the south has better looking girls...have you been to Miami of Ohio, Ohio University or Penn State? give me a break...and to say the southern girls would beat us...i welcome the challenge. oh yeah, and the south has the highest obesity rate in the country.
Check out Joel Stein's column in the LA Times yesterday entitled "A Holiday for Sluttiness"...seems to be a growing trend, but what do I know? I went to PSU in the Stone Age, class of 1980! I have a child at USC now, they all think they've reinvented the wheel when it comes to partying - ha!! As a previous poster said, to get a true flavor of PSU partying you need to go to the Rathskeller.
as someone who spent the summer in florida with SEC and Big 12 kids, went to Penn St. for a year, has partied at Ohio U., and currently attends Ohio State I can honestly say that Penn St. has the best looking women and louder stadium. But none of that will matter when Ohio State pounds the beavers into submission!!
And to all you Ohio State fans (who live in one of the shitiest states in the country) How can you possibly be pounding your chest when your team is 2-5 in Beaver Stadium. You should be crapping yourselves right now.
Florida loses AGAIN. Can we now all just SHUT UP about how great this team is? Great teams don't lose three times. I don't care what conference they play in.
And while we are at it, let's cease including any team with two or more losses in the National Championship discussion. A 12-0 Hawaii (yes, HAWAII) is more deserving of the Sugar Bowl than any team with two losses.
I think OSU should be scared of PSU............until they realize how sorry their offense is. Come on. This OSU team is better than that OSU team 2 yrs. ago, and this PSU team this year is not very good. Give up 31 pts to Indiana?
UNC has the best Halloween in the country -- not just UNC students, but UNCG, NC State, Duke, UNCC, UNCW, ECU.....basically every university in North Carolina, and you'll also see people showing up from Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. And yes, I've been to the one at Penn State, one of my best friends went there.....it doesn't compare.
Also, does Penn State seriously have a place called the Rathskeller? I'll have to ask him about it -- there's a Rathskeller in Chapel Hill that's been there for 50+ years.
Speaking as a woman (who loves football), I would rather be called intelligent than hot (most of us have been called both), and my guess is that none of the beautiful ladies in the Midwest or South (no matter which region has more) would want anything to do with you guys who are judging their "hotness" or comparing other people's home states to excrement.
I'm from Big Ten country but am moving to the South (though I'd rather stay in Ohio, truth be told. Believe it or not, it's a beautiful state with friendly people, and it's an excellent place to raise kids. You should come visit sometime).
Oh, and "you guys" is really fun to say ... just try it! While you're at it, call a can of Coke a pop. It's addictive. :)
Great game Buckeyes...as someone currently living in the South but moving back to the Midwest (thank GOD!), I think it's funny how everyone here thinks the South is superior in every category but the farthest they've ever been from home is a one-hour trip to Six Flags...get a life!
By the way, the best looking girls by far IMO are the girls from Miami of Ohio....who says the Midwest doesn't represent...they are gorgeous, smart, and rich!!!