[quote=“miw94, post:7, topic:1827”]Thanks for posting these. I grew up in State College and was a regular at Penn State basketball games in the Rec Hall era (I graduated college in December of '94), and so I write as often as I can about Penn State (including in my latest book, Bigger Than the Game, if I may throw in a quick plug). If you happened to come across a gawky-looking kid sitting approximately 20 rows up near midcourt and keeping his own scorebook (honestly, I have no idea what possessed me to do this), that was me. I still naively wish they would find a way to play a few games a year at Rec Hall: In all my travels, that’s the loudest sporting venue I’ve ever encountered.
UncleLar, if I’m mistaken about the Nittany Lion Club/football tickets thing, I’m happy to correct the record; my assumptions are based on the fact that my parents (season ticket holders since the Dick Harter era) got relegated to the upper deck of the BJC largely because they declined to make a significant donation beyond that which was required to maintain their tickets.
(By the way, I actually wrote a piece about Wally Triplett a year ago which mentions the “We Are…Penn State” myth, something that Triplett and others, for all their good will, may have inadvertently perpetuated: http://pennstatermag.com/2009/11/05/penn-states-men-of-%E2%80%9947-in-print-and-online/)
Anyway, it’s good to know that there’s a community of people who can relate to my suffering. Thanks again.
Mike - You are 100% right about season ticket holders getting delegated to the upper deck (at least initially) but that has nothing to do with football. The prime BJC seats went to people who contributed to the BJC building fund at $10K and $25 clip levels. Those funds were given OUTSIDE of the Nittany Lion Club. People who gave got no NLC points for their contribution and thus the contribution had no effect on whether they got football tickets or not (I know because I’m one of them and I got NO points or any sort of consideration for football tickets. You did get your name on a plaque at the BJC, reserved parking for the games, and do get first shot on seats at other events at the BJC but get nothing for football).
As to Triplett/Suhey legend, I blame Guido D’Elia and his marketing team on the Penn State Football story for perpetrating that myth (at least you acknowledged that it was LEGEND that says they inspired the cheer). Let’s face it, it makes a good story. But the truth is that the kids who created the cheer knew nothing about Steve Suhey’s speech. I’ll send you a clip of the story that was published in the Town and Gown a decade or so ago where they interviewed the cheerleaders who developed the cheer.
Even with those minor inaccuracies, your articles were still great. Thanks for writing them and sharing our pain. I enjoyed some of your other blog posts and have subscribed to your feed. Looking forward to reading more
Note: Isn’t it time to move off of blogspot? That’s like having an AOL or GeoCities account.