Dave Mona’s Vignettes: Penn State

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I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT WE PROBABLY KNOW AS LITTLE ABOUT PENN STATE AS WE DO ABOUT ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE BIG TEN. OUR HISTORY WITH THEM GOES BACK LESS THAN TWO DECADES AND THE MERE FACT THAT WE ARE EVEN PLAYING THEM IN HALF AN HOUR HAS BEEN ALL BUT ERASED BY THE NEWS OF THE COACHING CHANGE THIS WEEK.

SO, IF YOU’RE OPEN TO IMPRESSING THE PEOPLE IN THE SEATS NEXT TO YOU WITH YOUR DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF PENN STATE, JUST GIVE ME THE NEXT TWO AND ONE HALF MINUTES AND I’LL ARM YOU WITH ENOUGH PENN STATE TRIVIA TO QUALIFY YOU AS A PENN STATE EXPERT…AT LEAST AMONG PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY IN THEIR SEATS AND NOT LISTENING RIGHT NOW.

ONCE AGAIN WE’LL DO THIS IN THE FORM OF A 10-QUESTION QUIZ. WHEN I’VE DONE THIS BEFORE PEOPLE HAVE ASKED THAT I HOLD OFF THE ANSWERS UNTIL HALFTIME. WE HAVEN’T GOT THE LOGISTICS OF THAT WORKED OUT YET, SO YOU’LL GET THE QUESTIONS FIRST AND THE ANSWERS A MINUTE LATER.

PENCILS READY?

HERE GOES.

  1. 1. WHO HAS MORE COLLEGE COACHING VICTORIES…PENN STATE’S JOE PATERNO OR SAINT JOHN’S JOHN GAGLIARDI?
  2. 2. WHAT SCHOOL HAS PENN STATE PLAYED MORE THAN ANY OTHER?
  3. 3. WE ALL KNOW THAT PENN STATE’S COLORS ARE BLUE AND WHITE. BUT IT WASN’T ALWAYS THAT WAY. WHAT WAS THEIR ORIGINAL COLOR SCHEME?
  4. 4. A PENN STATE RUNNING BACK WON THE HEISMAN TROPHY IN 1974 AND SOME PEOPLE RECENTLY CLAIMED FOUL WHEN HE WAS NAMED ONE OF THE FIFTY ICONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE BIG TEN. WHO WAS HE?
  5. 5. ONE OF THE GREATEST VICTORIES IN GLEN MASON’S CAREER AT MINNESOTA CAME AT HAPPY VALLEY AGAINST THE UNDEFEATED AND SECOND-RANKED PENN STATE TEAM. WHO KICKED THE WINNING GOPHER FIELD GOAL IN THAT 1999 24-23 UPSET?
  6. 6. THIS FORMER PENN STATE CAPTAIN PLAYED LINEBACKER FOR THE VIKINGS AND HAD A SON OF THE SAME NAME WHO DECLARED FOR THE GOPHERS, BUT NEVER PLAYED FOR THEM. WHO IS HE?
  7. 7. PENN STATE APPEARED IN THE ROSE BOWL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1923 AGAINST SOUTHERN CAL. WHAT SUPER FAMOUS MOVIE STAR WAS A TROJAN RESERVE ON THAT TEAM?
  8. 8. YES, THERE WAS PENN STATE FOOTBALL BEFORE JOE PATERNO. NAME THE COACH WHO PRECEDED JOE PA AND COACHED THERE FROM 1950-1965.
    1. 9. THE 1991 NEW YORK GIANT SUPER BOWL CHAMPS WERE QUARTERBACKED BY A PLAYER WHO STARTED AT PENN STATE AND FINISHED HIS COLLEGE CAREER AT WEST VIRGINIA. CAN YOU NAME HIM?
    2. 10. I’LL NAME FOUR ALL-TIME PENN STATE OPPONENTS, ONLY ONE OF WHICH HAS EVER DEFEATED THEM. WHICH ONE IS IT? THE HARRISBURG ATHLETIC CLUB; THE STEELTON YMCA; WYOMING SEMINARY OR THE WISSAHICKON BARRACKS?

AND TO THINK THE GOPHERS GOT IN TROUBLE FOR SCHEDULING SOUTH DAKOTA!

READY FOR THE ANSWERS? HERE GOES.

  1. MOST VICTORIES? NOT EVEN CLOSE. GAGLIARDI LEADS 474 TO 397.
  2. WHO HAS PENN STATE PLAYED THE MOST? PITTSBURGH.
  3. PENN STATE’S ORIGINAL COLORS? PINK AND BLACK.
  4. THAT HEISMAN WINNER BEFORE PENN STATE JOINED THE BIG TEN WAS JOHN CAPPELLETTI.
  5. MAYBE THE EASIEST ONE. IT WAS DAN NYSTROM WHO KICKED THAT WINNING FIELD GOAL.
  6. THE FORMER VIKING AND PENN STATE STAR WAS WALKER LEE ASHLEY.
  7. THE RESERVE ON THE 1923 SOUTHERN CAL ROSE BOWL TEAM WAS JOHN WAYNE.
  8. RIP ENGLE PRECEDED JOE PATERNO AT PENN STATE.
  9. THE WINNING SUPER BOWL QUARTERBACK WAS JEFF HOSTETLER.
  10. AND THE TEAM THAT KNOCKED OFF PENN STATE WAS NONE OTHER THAN THE HATED STEELTON YMCA. IT’S NO COINCIDENCE THEY STILL SCHEDULE AROUND THOSE TOUGH  GUYS.
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