2021 was a tough season, but the Twitter parody Evil James Franklin is back with a 2021 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 the Outback Bowl we wait
The stockings were hung in the lockers with care,
In hopes one more win would soon be there.
Penn State fans all snug in their beds,
While visions of fun wins danced in their heads.
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
With a contract extension fresh in my lap.
2021 started, arose such a clatter,
2020 was behind us, fan started to chatter.
Away to the window, I flew like a flash,
Tough schedule to open up, we had to make a splash.
Recruiting was going well and in the right direction,
A top 10 class was the pundits projection,
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
Fans allowed back in the stands the players, they cheered.
We were ready to go, the players excited,
A close knit team, they would remain united.
Kickoff was near, we were ready for a game,
And I whistled, and shouted and called the seniors by name!
Now Ebikete! Now, Lovett! now, Tangelo and Brisker!
On, Stout! On, Luketa! On, Brooks and Miner!
Hartlaub, Holmes, TCF and Jahan,
We’d be in it together this journey we’re on.
We went to Wisconsin to open the year.
The defense played great, the win was here,
Ball State at home and fans in the stands,
They brought the energy the best in the land.
Auburn was next and the White out was rocking,
Down goes the SEC the result wasn’t shocking.
Villanova was next, Penn State 4-0,
We shut out Indiana we’d won five in a row.
Then a huge showdown in Iowa City,
The team got banged up, their fight was gritty.
Iowa fans booed injuries and showed their class,
A tough loss for Penn State, Ferentz showed his ass.
The next game against Illinois, we need not recall,
Nine overtimes later, I wanted to bawl.
Nittany Lions battled against a tough Ohio State,
Three losses in a row had sealed our fate.
We took care of the Terps and Harbaugh was next,
A late Wolverines touchdown, the fans perplexed.
The fans were restless, the season a mess,
Two games remain, we’d look to impress.
An easy win over Rutgers the defense stout,
Off to East Lansing for the Land Grant Bout.
Another tough loss, the season was done,
It was a long, tough season, but they battled as one.
The season was over, we’d wait for a bowl,
The Outback against Arkansas, we’re ready to roll.
Cliff coming back for one final year,
With a great recruiting class the goals are clear.
So now we’ve come to the end of the road,
A tough year for sure, but toughness was showed.
We’ll come back in 2022, this team they will fight,
Merry Christmas Penn State and all a good night!