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Twas the Night Before Penn State Christmas

Three losses may weren’t fun, but here’s a little holiday cheer to recap the year.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Old Main,
Not a creature was stirring; as we prepare for the game.
The stockings were hung in the lockers with care,
In hopes a third straight 10-win season would be there.

Nittany Lion faithful all snug in their beds,
While visions of tuddies danced in their heads.
Me in Penn State gear preparing for the Cats
One more game of McSorley swinging his bats.

Off a Fiesta Bowl win, arose such a clatter,
The 2018 Penn State Nittany Lions were coming, the pundits would chatter.
Saquon and others gone, they’d be tough to replace,
But the senior quarterback was back, and all eyes on Trace.

Blue-White Game in April, coaching was Keegan Michael Key,
A new offensive coordinator and replacing a bunch on D,
Wait, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
Another title contender as the season grew near.

With the team ready to go, all preparing for games,
They knew in a moment that it must be Coach James.
The fans were believers, in droves they came,
And I whistled, and shouted and called the seniors by name!

Now Mark Allen! Now, Thomas! Now, Amani and Farmer!
On, Thompkins! On, Scott! On, Wright and Cooper!
Brown, Shuman, Di Leo, Vasey and Trace,
Dix, Vranic, Shoop and we were off on the chase.

Appalachian State was first and we were in for a fight,
Down seven late, the fans became tight,
But McSorley found Hamler and we went to OT,
When Amani picked off the pass, the fans cheered with glee.

We headed to Pitt, fans feared we were woozy,
But there’s something about sticking it to our friend Coach Narduzzi.
We started off slow, they made a few kicks,
But we turned it on and beat their ass 51 to 6.

Wins vs. Kent State and Illinois and came the White Out ,
Fresh off suspension, Meyer was ready, no doubt,
Penn State looked great up 12 with eight to go,
Do we need to relive this, I think you all know

Ohio State took the lead, we had a shot,
But as it turned out it was all for the naught.
Two years in a row, a crushing loss to the Buckeyes,
Let’s agree to never run the ball on future fourth and fives.

Then came Michigan State and it was déjà vu
Not great or elite, playoff chances were through.
Won the next two but then at Michigan wasn’t kind,
A three loss season was here, I need not remind.

With three games left, the team looked down
A chance at a New Years Six, if they could stand their ground.
Won the next three and we’d sit and wait,
The chips didn’t fall, but landed a New Year’s date.

Once counted out, back to the front,
It’s titles and wins that the fans now want.
31 straight games leading in the fourth quarter
Need to find a way to win those or the leash grows shorter.

Once left for dead, 10 wins for the taking,
With the talent on board, good times in the making.
WE ARE! I screamed, as I flew from my seat,
We Are Penn State, go from great to elite!


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