I asked these questions on Twitter during Saturday night’s game, wondering how much of the Nittany Nation was still engaged and interested in the Nittany Lions as they suffered through a fifth consecutive loss.
Serious question here. Not being flippant. I'd like honest answers:
Do Penn State fans even care anymore about this season?
Are you still watching this game?
If so, why?
— Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) November 21, 2020
The feedback I received was fantastic! As you can see, there were more than 100 responses. I’ve been on Twitter for more than a decade and have never received 100 responses for any tweet, so that was cool to see.
I am truly appreciative of everyone who took the time to respond on Twitter.
The responses were terrific, too. I got a whole bunch of fans who absolutely are still watching the team and engaged for the season.
I also got a whole bunch of responses from people who simply are not as interested this season, because the Lions are struggling and also because of other crazy things going on in the world.
Here’s a sampling of the responses:
Watched until the final play. Lifelong fan, no plan to stop now because of a rough year. The way this year has gone, glad we can even watch them play.
— Ron Bottorff (@ronb_pitt) November 22, 2020
First time I ever turned off a Penn State game. I still care, but couldn’t take it any more.
— Pat Rushton (@Gilsboy) November 21, 2020
It the car crash I can’t stop staring at. Never have seen A penn st team be so overrated. Just no creativity anywhere.
— Sugarsanwhichs (@Sugarsandwhichs) November 21, 2020
Been a die hard since I was a kid. 1st game I remember watching was against Gino Torretta & Miami (lost of course). Watched every meaningful snap possible since. But…no. Skipped today. I still cared enough to check the score but went fishing during the game #goodcall caught 3
— Matt Ritchey (@Matt_S_Ritchey) November 22, 2020
I’d like to think I’m a diehard but I didn’t watch the OSU & Iowa games due to family obligations. Guess what, I’m not even mad about it. It’s 2020, our country is in shambles & thousands of people are dying each day. I love PSU football but there’s more important things in life.
— Joshua Hoch (@PSULions09) November 22, 2020
We should care…. there is no way this coaching staff and these players should not have their feet held to the fire- a colossal failure on all levels- unacceptable- and no COVID excuses- everyone has to deal with it
— john koury (@jkoury27) November 21, 2020
I care only because I fear the growing damage to recruiting. I didn’t watch last week no desire. Tuned in today to see if Levis changes anything. It does, it is worse. I like Franklin but don’t know if program is going to recovery under him.
— Scott Park (@scapar100) November 21, 2020
Yes we care. Yes we are still watching. And yes, we are still fans. @CoryGiger the ‘tude and tone of your posts/articles is the same as always. Negative. You continue to stir the pot and frankly, it’s old.
Find the good in those you cover.
— Tara Hohenshelt (@TaraHohenshelt) November 22, 2020
Yes, because I want my young sons to see an I-formation and know what it looks like to dominate the line of scrimmage.
— Justin L. Becker (@Coach_JBecker) November 21, 2020
Nope. But it’s 2020. Looking to 2021 at this point. Screw this whole year.
— Brett in PA (@zionguy05) November 21, 2020
Cory, we do care. This is unacceptable and the media owes the fans to be tough and brutal in any press conference moving forward. This is horrible.
— Smoke (@B27491) November 21, 2020
Follow up question as a long time Pirates fan. Which is harder to watch, PSU or Pirates? I think PSU. Pirates just had less talent this year.
— Kevin W (@kwallity71) November 22, 2020
Dont care about the season. Stopped caring after the OSU game.
Still watching to see what the young players can bring.
Franklin needs to bench the pathetically underachieving veterans and give the youngsters all the playing time.
— Matt Povanda (@MattPovanda) November 21, 2020
I'm watching for habit and because I get together with family to watch
— Vincent Gray (@Vin_Gray) November 21, 2020
I’m still watching. Always will. Not a fair weather fan.
— jcovino27 (@jcovino27) November 21, 2020
I turned off after the fade on 4th down and went to Netflix. There’s nothing about this team that I enjoy watching.
— Tim Tolley (@TimTolley_) November 22, 2020
Watched to the bitter end. I’ll always care. This is very trying on the kids. Unfortunately coaching is coming into the conservation.
— Mark (@mark94945) November 22, 2020
Always watch & care. Been a PSU fan virtually since birth. Hung on threw the early 2000’s & the scandal. Will stand by them through this.
— Larry Colorito (@LColorito) November 22, 2020
My daughter just said turn it off. This team is a total embarrassment.
— Jim Kendter (@RetiredDE) November 21, 2020
It's all rubbernecking at this point. Seeing how gruesome the crash is. Honestly there's nothing to even latch on to for next year. And more than anything, it's sad how soft this team is. Only Dotson, Oweh and 87 have any pride
— MBP (@Humdinger_MBP) November 21, 2020