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So Many Activities
October 24, 2012 - Darian Somers
Where to begin?
The Third Annual Trash Can Tournament began at 7:30 tonight, and that kicked off the best night in my Nittanyville residency. I was entered in the tournament, but I lost in the first round. As the rounds progressed, more and more showed up. Not just more campers, but a couple of famous people too. Actually a lot of famous people. First just a few players, DaQuan Jones, Donavon Smith and Garry Gilliam. As the tournament moved deeper, players like Mauti, Zordich, McGloin, showed up. Also, Central Cambria's Shane McGregor showed. Let's just say a lot of girls were taking pictures with him, or maybe just his hair. Then, Coach O'Brien made an appearance, tossed a few footballs.
As I was helping set up for a drumline (moving trash cans around), I saw Michael Zordich and told him thank you for showing up. It was really cool of him to take some time out. He looked at me and goes "no, dude, this is cool." He continued to explain what it meant to him and the team. Then, I went back over to Garry Gilliam and introduced myself to him. Before every game, he high-fives the people sitting in the front row. (Nittanyville people). I told him that it is something that means a lot to us. He said it means a lot to him that we do this. They truly appreciate the fact we are sleeping out for an entire week just to get front row seats.
So of course we had to give them a show. Tonight was drumline No. 2. It was also the first drumline I have been a part of, meaning I play on the trash cans. Let's just say it was the highlight of my Nittanyville experience so far.
After the drumline and the players left, things started to wind down, but the real Drumline showed up. The Pennsylvania State Marching BLUUUUUUE Band's drumline played several cadences. They also played Rock N Roll. That song is a favorite here at Gate A. Big shout out to them.
After the Blue Band left, the Penn State women's hockey team showed up with sticks and balls for a little skills competition. I ended up winning a hoodie. I love free clothes, especially free Penn State clothes.
However, my favorite part of the night came before the true events began. Arts and Crafts with Joe, Larry and Vido (his real name is Brian).
Monday afternoon I was sitting in my dorm on my Twitter feed. Urban Meyer's press conference was going on and was reading some of his quotes, when I saw this one.
"I understand from our coaches that Beaver Stadium is the loudest place in the conference. We're hoping the no-huddle offense will calm the crowd noise a little."
I have never been this enraged from reading a quote this much before. I immediately messaged Brian Sanvido, an officer in the Ville, and told him. We both came up with an idea to paint a banner and hang it outside of Gate A. Nittanyville is normally the one who paint banners for the players, like the I Can't Believe It's Butterworth, made by Nick Elia. Vido, as we call him, went out and tonight we painted the banner. Right before the Trash Can Tourney, Allen, Joe, Vido and I hung the banner on the fence that keeps us out of the stadium. It is a reminder for everyone that we control the tempo in that stadium. Not the opposing team, not anything else, but the people sitting in the first rows of the student section. Look, I don't know if they know about the sign in Ohio yet, but we are ready for the Buckeyes, and I promise you that Beaver Stadium will be the loudest ever.