2010 Schedule Wallpaper - The Eyes Have It - Game 8 Penn State

Submitted by monuMental on October 25th, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Update: I've designed Halloween special edition version of the Penn State game wallpaper. Get the Halloween 2010 JoePa Costume wallpaper.

My road to Michigan fandom was long and twisty. Some of you would refer to my children as Mudbloods (my wife is from Ann Arbor and has claim to "pure blood" status where I do not) and to me as a Muggle (my lack of magical powers kept me from attending Hogwarts the University of Michigan). Actually, after reading what I just wrote I'm pretty sure that you're more likely to refer to me as a "huge nerd" but whatever.


When I was little my grandmother lived in Pennsylvania so she showered me and my brother with Penn State gear every Christmas. We wore this gear. We rooted for Penn State on the rare occasions when their games were televised out West. We loved Coach Paterno and his crazy thick glasses. Like the rings of a tree, the edges of his lenses marched outward with each advancing year. My friend and I used to joke that the glasses were so thick, and the lenses so curved, that his eyebrows actually appeared below his eyes thanks to extreme refraction.

Although my allegiance was shifted to the boys in the winged helmets once I reached the age of accountability, I still have a deep respect for Joe Paterno and can't imagine college football without him. I was pained to learn last year that he had surgery to correct his vision. Beyond being totally freaked out at how small and beady (and upright) his eyes looked, it felt wrong for the signature glasses to be benched. I'm relieved that he has continued to wear glasses on the sideline, however thin and superficial.

This week's wallpaper is a nod to the stark simplicity of Penn State's uniforms and the throwback style of their legendary coach. I tried to imagine what JoePa's vision was like before his surgery and blurred the text accordingly. The glasses frames were inspired by the style he wore in 1969. You can see the reference photo below.

The image below is a preview only. You can get this week's widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.

2010 Game 8 Wallpaper Preview

2010 Game 8 Wallpaper Reference Photo

Bonus: Does JoePa have a twin brother and is he a Michigan Fan?

The guy on the bottom was sitting next to me and my wife at the 2004 Iowa game. This is not a Photoshop job. I didn't notice him until the second quarter and I had to pretend to take a photo of my wife like 5 times to get this shot but it was totally worth it.

Joe Paterno, Michigan Fan?

All of the 2010 Schedule Wallpapers

Season Wallpaper - Denard Robinson Action Figure

Game 1 Connecticut Wallpaper - Husky Puppy Piddles in Fear

Game 2 Notre Dame Wallpaper - Touchdown Jesus Says "No Good"

Game 3 Massachusetts Wallpaper - The $550,000 Cupcake

Game 4 Bowling Green Wallpaper - Wolverine vs. Falcon

Game 5 Indiana Wallpaper - Good at Basketball

Game 6 Michigan State Wallpaper - Sibling Rivalry

Game 7 Iowa Wallpaper - Maize is Blue

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - The Eyes Have It

Game 8 Penn State Wallpaper - JoePa Halloween Costume

Game 9 Illinois Wallpaper - We Be Illin'

Game 10 Purdue Wallpaper - I Think We Can! I Think We Can?

Game 11 Wisconsin Wallpaper - Cheesehead Cross Stitch



October 25th, 2010 at 11:01 AM ^

THANK YOU. I have been eagerly refreshing my screen since I got to work this morning. :)

Time to bid farewell to the Iowa one, which was pure brilliance btw. Good work, sir.


October 26th, 2010 at 11:30 PM ^

I love that you're refreshing your page for the update. Awesome to hear that people look forward to the wallpapers that much.

I have my personal blog set to auto-publish the wallpapers at 6am Eastern time every Monday...so if you use an RSS reader like Google Reader you will be able to get them a little earlier. My process for release is:

  1. My blog at http://www.theartthearttheart.com around 6am
  2. Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/thearttheart around 9am
  3. Mgoblog around 9am


October 25th, 2010 at 12:16 PM ^

I no offense to JoPa, but I'd like to think these glasses have to be a bit more stylish

All kidding aside, fantastic job! You have some great artistic talent showcased in these wallpapers.


October 26th, 2010 at 11:24 PM ^

Not to worry. No Six Zero wife themed wallpapers in the works.

I've got my hands full with the regular weekly wallpapers and a few special editions (that I might finish someday), not to mention one Mrs. and several Ms. monuMentals demanding my attention.

Glad you liked the Iowa wallpaper even though the game was a bummer. Tate almost earned himself a cease and desist-worthy action figure wallpaper of his own.


October 26th, 2010 at 11:20 PM ^

I'm not gonna lie...even though I had decided on the "glasses with blurred schedule" concept several weeks ago, it feels even "righter" now that there are 2 L's on the record. Maybe I should leave them blurred until we see another W up there.


October 26th, 2010 at 2:28 AM ^

I hadn't updated my wallpaper since the Indiana game. I'm pretty sure that's why we haven't won since. Problem fixed. 10-2, here we come!

Kidding aside, you are very skilled. Has there been an mgoprofile on monuMental yet?