Never before has there been a football game quite like this at Penn State.
Sure, they got some snow here during a game in 1996. It was cold and flurried a lot but barely stuck to the ground. And that was in November.
And they got a load of snow here in 1995, November again. But that 18 inches fell a few days before the Nittany Lions pulled out a victory over Michigan with the help of Joe Nastasi waltzing in the end zone on a fake field goal.
There were a few inches of the white stuff that did stick during a game at Northwestern in 2003. What a day. Hardly anyone showed up to watch, making it look like a small-college affair. Plus, two lousy teams were doing all kinds of dumb stuff.
But a measurable snow on game day during October? In Beaver Stadium?
That hasn’t happened here, apparently ever. At least not since they started keeping records of such things in 1896.
But here we are, the game about to start, and there’s already probably 5 or 6 inches starting to pile up outside the stadium. About that much, too, on the Beaver Stadium bleacher seats.
Enough to make icy snowballs. Enough to make man-sized snowmen. Enough to go sledding in the parking lot.
Enough to keep a lot of people from even coming today to watch the Lions battle Illinois.
And yet it hasn’t started sticking to the field, which has been un-tarped for about an hour or so now. Just a little too warm yet. For now.
That’s what we need to truly make this all the more bizarre, and maybe even a little more fun.
Let it snow.