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I'm that idiot

September 8, 2013 - Darian Somers
Did you see that idiot at the game yesterday with the Canadian flag? Why would some guy bring a Canadian flag to an American football game and wave it like a complete nut?

It made absolutely no sense to a large majority of the people in Beaver Stadium. It made sense to me and other religious Penn State fans.

Oh and by the way, I'm that idiot.

Yes, that was me with the Canadian flag, waving it every time redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch touched the ball. And in case you didn't know -- which by the sounds of that USA chant after they had me on the jumbotron waving the flag is a strong majority of you -- Lynch is from Toronto, Canada.

Now, if you remember my previous post about banners, my Nittanyville group decided to make a banner for him. Our banner said Big Maple Syrup Co. with a giant jug of maple syrup on the banner.

Along with the banner, I decided to purchase a Canada flag to show a little support for the running back who rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.

I picked Lynch because he's got a great personality, and anytime you see him on campus, he's got the biggest smile on his face. I will say that I am a proud American, but I'm a hockey nut. I love the sport and grew up playing it for more than 10 years.

But what does it feel like to have roughly 90,000 screaming USA at you?

Pretty much the loneliest feeling in the world.

For a brief few seconds, I got to feel what it's like to be an opposing player inside Beaver Stadium and have a pretty good percentage of people not liking you. It'd put the level of anger at me close to that of being a player from Minnesota.

Overall, I think that incident is a learning experience, not for me, but for the casual Penn State fan. I think it's a lesson in getting to know these players, getting to know guys who won't get as many snaps and who won't get all the attention like a Hackenberg or a Robinson.

There are some pretty neat stories on the 2013 Penn State football team beyond the numbers and the product on the field.

So when you find out that a certain player is from Canada, you won't be surprised to see a flag being waved by some nut.

And of the people who understand why I had the flag, I've already had some requests to get a blue and white flag and not a red and white one. Don't worry, I'm looking into it.

But until then, I won't stop waving that flag like a complete nut.

I'm a sophomore at Penn State and an officer in Nittanyville, a student run organization that camps out before every home Penn State football game. Follow me on Twitter @StuffSomersSays for more updates from Gate A.

 
 

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