2020 was forgettable in many ways, but the Twitter parody Evil James Franklin is back with a 2020 Penn State rendition of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Penn State,
Not a creature was stirring; for there is no bowl date.
The stockings were hung in the lockers with care,
In hopes an 2021 would soon be there.
Penn State fans all snug in their beds,
While visions of next season danced in their heads.
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my mask,
Glasses all fogged, what a pain the A**.
2020 started and arose such a clatter,
A pandemic, social distancing, would it even matter.
No one would know what the season would hold,
Would there be any season, the university Presidents polled.
Season delayed, then canceled, we wait for direction,
Other conferences moving forward, we were at an intersection,
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
A reverse in decision, there’d be football this year.
The season was set, only play the Big Ten,
They knew in a moment it was about to begin.
No fans would be able to go to the game,
And I whistled, and shouted and called the seniors by name!
Now Lutz! Now, Menet! now, Shaka and Brisker!
On, Lamont! On, Wilson! On, Landis and Baker!
Simmons, Fries, TCF, we wanted the tourney,
They’d be playing the season for their teammate Journey.
Open at Indiana and knew it’d be a tough game.
We can surely agree the ball didn’t cross the plane,
Ohio State next, another tough test,
Dotson with a sick catch, 0-2, the fans were stressed.
Maryland was next, and mistakes were aplenty,
This god-forsaken year, this stupid twenty twenty.
A loss at Nebraska, we couldn’t finish a drive,
Iowa came after and we now sat 0 and five.
The season seemed lost, top to bottom needed to fight,
To Ann Arbor to face a team in a similar plight.
We needed a win, the Wolverines did too,
Took a lead to the half, but in this year, who knew.
The Lions took to the ground, at times, a cluster,
But the team fought hard and showed some muster.
First win in the books, Harbaugh was pissed,
Now time to make the most of opportunities missed.
Along came Rutgers looking to take down big brother,
Went from one win, and added another.
Michigan State next with Land Grant on the line,
Once again they showed character and started to shine.
Illinois in the last game, a Beaver Stadium finale,
A back and forth game, but the kids they would rally.
Eight touchdowns later, and a fourth straight win,
It was a long, tough season, but they never gave in.
The season was over and there would be no bowl,
So now we regroup and work on the ultimate goal.
Down, but not out, they’ll keep on fighting,
Young players give hope, the future’s exciting.
So now we’ve come to the end of the season,
This year was a grind for plenty of reasons.
They scream “screw you 2020”, with all of their might,
Merry Christmas Penn State and to all a good night!