This morning, Penn State Football posted the above video on its social media channels. It's basically a 2-minute compilation of some of the greatest moments in the history of Nittany Lions on the gridiron. It comes with the announcement that the Sept. 30 game against the Indiana Hoosiers will be themed as a celebration of Generations of Greatness. After all, this is the 130th season of football in Happy Valley, so some sort of retrospective is in order.
But what does a throwback game mean for a program whose 'black shoes, basic blues' mantra has carried on for decades? I have a couple ideas. (Share yours in the comments!)
the boring standard
The most unoriginal, and therefore most likely, scenario is players from previous decades will be invited back to Beaver Stadium and celebrated with a video tribute.
end zone redo
Penn State has rocked the block Helvetica font end zones since 2005. Before that, it was the 'tennis ball' script. There are also classic end zones from way back, including diamond patterns, checker board patterns, and simple lines. Could a historic end zone redesign be in the works? Timing would work out since Beaver Stadium would be vacant for three weeks following the IU game. Plenty of time to change paint schemes.
new old uniforms
Small tinkering notwithstanding, the Nittany Lions have worn pretty much the same uniforms since the mid-70's. It would be pretty sweet to see the squad don new/old style threads, such as those worn by Mother Dunn in 1906, or John Cappelletti in 1973. Maybe they'd get real crazy and put a stripe back on the pants. Could the fan base withstand a throw WAY back to the days of pink and black?
(Editorial note: PLEASE DO THIS.)