Friday, October 13, 2006

"Nittany" means "can't beat Michigan"

Manningham is hurt. Penn State is out for revenge. They have the home crowd of 110,000 clad in white at a game that starts at 8pm in arguably one of the loudest stadiums in the country. The intangibles are overwhelmingly on their side.

Sure, I'm nervous, but I'm also excited as hell.

There's a scene in Apollo 13 where NASA director Chris Kraft talks to Gene Kranz right before the capsule is due for re-entry. If the heat shield was cracked, the CM would not survive the heat of re-entry. If it was intact and they survived until splashdown, the mission was salvaged as much as could be and the astounding success of Mission Control could be celebrated.

Chris Kraft: "This could be the worst disaster NASA's ever faced."
Gene Kranz: "With all due respect, sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour."

In 1997 we had two "backs against the wall" games -- down by two touchdowns in the second half vs. Iowa, and of course, going on the road at then-#1 Penn State. There's no way we were getting through this season without some kind of adversity. Let's hope this is it, and that the team has the character to overcome it.

Quoting Gene Kranz, again -- "We're sure as hell not going to lose one on my watch. Failure is not an option."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Go Blue! Your analysis of this game is a little sensational, but then, it is another step on the road to a fine season. What a privilege for you to be able to be part of the U of M Gladiators who will stand up to the roar of the Nittany Lions and diminish it to a whine as the kitties walk away with their tails between their legs, chased off the field by the mighty Wolverines!