Types of People at a Penn State Football Game

Story posted October 27, 2022 in Arts & Entertainment by CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Department.

All different types of fans enter Beaver Stadium to see the Nittany Lions play. Our Arts & Entertainment team took a look at some types of fans you will be sure to see during the Fall season.

The person who already gave up on the season

The saying goes, “death, taxes and being let down by Penn State football,” right?

Having the white-out game a week after a devastating and honestly embarrassing loss to Michigan last weekend, it would make sense that Penn State fans would be in a less hopeful mindset going into the next game.

But some people have already thrown in the towel completely, to the point that it will be their entire personality until the bowl games.

Was the Michigan game bad? Yes, but Penn State was playing the fifth-best college football team at home for a “maize out” (copycats).

Going into a game against a worse opponent, at home, with the best student section in the country at its rowdiest, Penn State fans should feel optimistic going into Beaver Stadium to watch the game against an unranked Minnesota.

Regardless, there will be some people dressed in all white on Saturday who will have nothing nice to say about the Penn State team.

Whether they're complaining about James Franklin or starting the “we want Allar” chants when Sean Clifford slips up, be ready to listen to the same tired comments until the final whistle blows.

There may be nothing more annoying than this person at a tailgate; while everyone’s getting pumped up, they're already facing defeat hours before even walking into the stadium.

With the energy and potential win from this whiteout game, this person's mood will likely drastically change, that is until they’re reminded of the next week's opponent, Ohio State. - Sophia D’Ovidio

The Philly Fan

Morale is high in the city of Philadelphia, the Eagles are undefeated, the 76ers and the Flyers are back in action, but bigger than anything is the Phillies’ quest for a World Series.

After an 11-year playoff drought, the Phillies returned to the postseason. After a series win over the Atlanta Braves, they are facing the San Diego Padres and are three wins away from heading back to the big dance.

Game 4 is on Saturday at the same time as the Penn State White Out game against Minnesota. What a funny coincidence.

So people will certainly see plenty of Phillies jerseys in the sea of white, along with people huddled around a phone watching the game.

Also, if many will hear a pandemonium coming from the student section during a Golden Gopher touchdown, don’t be surprised if Kyle Schwarber is sending another ball into orbit to give the Phillies the lead. - Matt Scalzo 

The Fan who doesn’t wear white to Whiteout

The Whiteout is one of the best scenes in sports and in the world in general. Every fan comes to the game in their favorite Penn State white outfit to support the Nittany Lions in their pursuit of a big win.

With that being said, sometimes the message is not always received by the entire Penn State fan base. Occasionally a Penn State fan will come to the game and stick out like a sore thumb in the sea of white, as they wear their blue to the event.

This is the most un-noble thing one can do as they have completely missed out on the call for white, and will seem like an outsider to the rest of his Penn State fans.

So the memo all fans need to remember before they head to the event, make sure you wear white so you can enjoy the game without standing out amongst your peers.
- Adam Sheetz

Sophia D’Ovidio is a second-year majoring in communications. To contact her, email sgd5184@psu.edu

Matt Scalzo is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him email matt.scalzo8@gmail.com.

Adam Sheetz is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email ads360@psu.edu.

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Matt Scalzo

Third Year / Broadcast Journalism

Matthew “Matt” Scalzo is a third-year from Ridgefield, Connecticut majoring in broadcast journalism. Matt is a Basketball Insider, broadcaster and writer for the sports department. With CommRadio he has called football, hockey, basketball, baseball, volleyball and lacrosse games. Matt has called matches for Penn State Women’s Volleyball on both TV and radio. He has written countless articles and appeared on podcasts, live shows and is a host of the Chi-Town Sit-Down with Thomas English, which covers everything Chicago sports. Matt spent the 2022 summer as the Drector of Broadcasting & Media for the Sanford Mainers in the NECBL. If you want to contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Adam Sheetz

Junior / Broadcast Journalism

Adam Sheetz is a third year student from Reedsville, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism. He has been a broadcaster for WCHX 105.5 FM in Mifflin County covering high school sports. He has also been a member of CommRadio since his first semester at Penn State, being involved in both the Arts and Sports departments. Adam has extensive experience in a play-by-play setting within CommRadio, covering football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball for the station. He has done written content for CommRadio ranging from Penn State football articles all the way to discussing Disney Channel movies. To contact Adam, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Sophia D'Ovidio

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Sophia D’Ovidio is a first-year from Allentown, New Jersey. She is now a communications (undecided) major at Penn State University. Sophia intends on pursuing a career in journalism. Sophia writes for the CommRadio Arts department.