I believe it is generally unfair to generalize, but almost weekly I am shocked by the behaviors and attitudes of some schlump connected to PSU, be it coach, player, administrator or fan.
My latest vignette involves a sports book in sin city. Three youngish twentysomethings sit down at the interactive TV beside me, and are discussing NCAA Nat'l Championship prop bets. As they spoke of their need to beat MSU, OSU, and finally, Michigan, I pipe in "that part ain't happening!"
I was proudly wearing my Maize "Worst State Ever" T-shirt, and opined UM is going to be much better than "experts" think, especially as season progresses. They "should win easily in Happy Valley" because our running backs are average, Speight won't lose you games, but cannot win one, and McSorley is the next Johnny Unitas. I pointed out the flaws in their thinking, but they were not impressed.
I made a quick trip to my room to exchange eyeglasses, and when I returned minutes later, they had vanished, along with my new phone charger. I looked about the property for them for a short time to no avail.
Is there now no bad deed or behavior below which PSU-connected people are unwilling to participate in? Hard to imagine Hawkeye, Husker, or Badger fans executing this one, or even Spartans or Bucks slinking so low.
Is this just now Joepa culture, or has it always been? Can it be fixed, or at least improved upon?