Penn State White-out Controversy

November 4, 2009

This weekend Big Ten rivals Penn State and Ohio State lock up in Happy Valley, and this game will be another installment of the Penn State white-out game.  The white t-shirts that have been chosen as the “official” design however, have apparently caused quite an uproar.  The shirt, shown below, has a blue stripe down the middle which correpsonds with the PSU helmets, yet some insist it looks too much like a cross.  That Fan’s response:  blah blah blah. 

PSUWOShirt

Now, I understand that some people are refusing to wear it, and that is why you have this tremendous alternative (and one that I like even better than the “official” shirt), the “Terrelle Cryer” shirt (aptly named after Pryor was seen crying after his sub-par performance in the loss to Penn State last year). 

TCryer

Now this is my kind of white-out shirt...

Penn State is known to have the best white-out every year, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks on TV.  If you will be at the game, take pictures and send them to us (info@thatfan.com).  White-out games haven’t gone so well this year as you can see from the study I’m doing, and don’t forget, Penn State lost a white-out game to Iowa earlier this year.  To all my Penn State fans out there reading:  what are your thoughts???


College Gameday Contest & Notes

October 29, 2009

I mentioned earlier this week that College Gameday was going to be held in Eugene, Oregon, and that I would be holding my first official That Fan contest.  Basically what I’m asking is for someone who is going to be in the crowd to get That Fan some pub on a sign.  It doesn’t have to be on a sign all to its own, so you can do your sign making fun of USC (I’m assuming that there will be mostly Oregon fans there) and throw “That Fan” somewhere on the sign.  Better yet, make it large and throw it on the back of the sign.  I know, I know, “What’s in it for me?”

Well, if I can see the sign on TV for even just a few seconds, I’ll give you a $25 gift card to anywhere of your choice.  If the sign gets major airtime, I’ll up it to $50.  If it is a particularly good sign I’ll just send you the money via PayPal.  You will also get MAJOR pub on this site of course!  That might not sound like much but considering I’m funding this out of my own wallet, and assuming you are more than likely a college student, its drinking money you didn’t have previously.  How do you claim your prize?  Send me a picture of you holding your sign, and I will compare it to the sign I saw on TV to make sure it is the same sign.  Easy as that.  **Just an FYI, if a miracle occurs and I see 20 signs showing up on the broadcast, I reserve my right to provide gift cards only to the best signs!**  Examples for your sign, although I encourage creativity:  “I AM THAT FAN”, “THATFAN.COM”, “blog.thatfan.com”, etc.  By the way, I will run this contest every week going forward so if your school is hosting Gameday in the future, keep checking the site for details.

Enough about the contest for now.  Duck fans, if you are wondering where Gameday will be filmed, it will be at the Casanova Center parking lot that is parallel to Martin Luther King Blvd. and north of the Casanova Center.  The show airs at 7 a.m. (PDT) and the gates are expected to open to spectators & That Fan contest winners at 5:30 a.m.  More details can be found HERE.

Being that Oregon has been the topic at hand, I wanted to post a fantastic article talking about Oregon’s homefield advantage at Autzen Stadium.  This only gives further credibility to the post I wrote several days back about the importance of making noise at football games.  You can read the ESPN article HERE.

I’ve heard rumors that Oregon is telling everyone to wear black for Halloween, thus making the game an official black-out game.  Might want to be careful, blackouts haven’t gone so well this year!  Can any Oregon fans confirm?

A few final notes:  I hope to see at least two Washington State flags like I have every week so far considering how close you are to Oregon.  Jenn Brown is supposedly going to be on Gameday this week.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite signs from last week’s Gameday at BYU!  Lastly, my “team of choice” (who will continue to remain nameless until they prove on the field that they deserve the publicity) has a game at 3:30pm ET, so I may not get the signs up until that night, but I’ll do my best to get them up as soon as Gameday is over!

BlackOregonHelmet

Will Oregon Black-out USC?


Color-out Project Update

October 14, 2009

I’ve made a few updates to my log of 2009 color-out games.  Thanks to reader Asloan23 for making me aware of the UC/Fresno State whiteout game now shown below…I’ve also updated the Ole Miss blue-out game.  I don’t know of any color-out games on the schedule for this week.  Readers:  please leave a comment with any that I am missing, including prior years and upcoming games.

2009 Total:  5 wins, 7 losses (292 points for, 282 points against)

White outs:  4 wins, 4 losses (235 points for vs. 176 points against)

9/10/09:  Georgia Tech vs. Clemson:  W, 30-27

9/12/09:  Virginia Tech vs. Marshall:  W, 52-10

9/12/09:  Boise State vs. Miami (OH):  W, 48-0

9/18/09:  Fresno State vs. Boise State:  L, 51-34

9/26/09:  Mississippi State vs. LSU:  L, 30-26

9/26/09:  Florida State vs. South Florida:  L, 17-7

9/26/09:  Penn State vs. Iowa:  L, 21-10 (PSU ranked#5)

9/26/09:  Cincinnati vs. Fresno State:  W, 28-20

Black outs: 1 win, 2 losses (54 points for, 84 points against)

9/12/09:  Middle Tennessee State vs. Memphis:  W, 31-14

9/12/09:  Western Kentucky vs. South Florida:  L, 35-13

10/2/09:  Louisville vs. Pitt:  L, 35-10

10/31/09:  Kentucky vs. Mississippi State:  N/A

11/21/09:  Missouri vs. Iowa State:  N/A

Blue outs:  0 wins, 1 loss (3 points for, 22 points against)

10/10/09:  Ole Miss vs. Alabama:  L, 22-3

I’m going to start including pictures of the additions to the list.  I’m only going to provide pictures of the UC/Fresno State white-out game because the fans at the Ole Miss blue-out must have lost the memo.  I’m disappointed in the Ole Miss crowd, so if there are any Mississippi fans reading, you must provide reasons to redeem yourself (hint:  cheerleader pictures are always good).

Gotta Love the White-out Support

Gotta Love the White-out Support

White Bodypaint Beats White Shirts Every Time

White Bodypaint Beats White Shirts Every Time

Stadium Shot

Stadium Shot


Color-Outs Not Looking So Colorful

October 8, 2009

I’ve started digging for data on this color-out project.  Below I’ve listed all the college football games that I could find for 2009 so far and it doesn’t look that great:  4 wins, 6 losses (261 points for, 240 points against)

White outs:  3 wins, 4 losses (207 points for vs. 156 points against)

9/10/09:  Georgia Tech vs. Clemson:  W, 30-27

9/12/09:  Virginia Tech vs. Marshall:  W, 52-10

9/12/09:  Boise State vs. Miami (OH):  W, 48-0

9/18/09:  Fresno State vs. Boise State:  L, 51-34

9/26/09:  Mississippi State vs. LSU:  L, 30-26

9/26/09:  Florida State vs. South Florida:  L, 17-7

9/26/09:  Penn State vs. Iowa:  L, 21-10 (PSU ranked#5)

Black outs: 1 win, 2 losses (54 points for, 84 points against)

9/12/09:  Middle Tennessee State vs. Memphis:  W, 31-14

9/12/09:  Western Kentucky vs. South Florida:  L, 35-13

10/2/09:  Louisville vs. Pitt:  L, 35-10

10/31/09:  Kentucky vs. Mississippi State:  N/A

11/21/09:  Missouri vs. Iowa State:  N/A

Blue outs:

10/10/09:  Ole Miss vs. Alabama:  N/A

I think this shows a very interesting trend, however I must qualify this data by pointing out that the sample size is extremely small (7 completed games).  I will continue to do research and make sure I get as many of the games as possible, including prior years.  This is also where you come in…know of a game?  Leave a comment and I will update the results.  Another point to take into consideration is that schools normally do a color-out for big games, thus those games are more likely to be close (which means a greater chance for a loss).  Know of a color-out game in the past or future?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Another view of a Penn State whiteout.  Notice the "S"

Another view of a Penn State whiteout. Notice the "S"


Color-Out = Crowd Advantage?

October 7, 2009

This post is just the beginning of what will be one of my many research projects over the coming years.  My college football team of choice which will remain nameless (for now at least) because they aren’t performing well enough for me to give them the free publicity, has a tradition with the fans that I will call “Color-Outs”.  What this basically means is that the team will encourage all of the fans to wear a certain school color to the game so that the stadium/arena stands get flooded with that color.  You may have heard of them…”Blackouts”, “Whiteouts”, etc.

What I really want to know is, WHY?  I mean, I know why, it looks really cool, right?  Or is there really a part of this theme that can actually make an impact on a game?  If you are reading this blog you are more than likely a sports fanatic (or maybe you are just a friend of mine who is reading because I asked you to…thanks guys!) and us fanatics will do whatever we can to show support for our team and feel closer to the action.  But what if I told you that dressing in all black with the rest of the fans can actually help your team win?  Would you believe me?  Well, I’m not here to pronounce any detailed knowledge yet, but it is something I’m going to be researching from past games and monitoring future outcomes as well, and will post my findings each step of the way.  You will see many research projects like this on my blog and I hope you enjoy them…come to think of it, if you have an idea for one let me know.

I’m going to work to compile a database of all of the games in which a team has had one of these promotions, look at the outcome of the game, and see if there are any statistically significant trends that might lead me to believe there is an added benefit other than just having a sweet looking crowd.

My initial thoughts are mixed, but I think there may be something to it.  These games help create some buzz amongst the fans, which may or may not lead to fans being more excited at the game, which then may or may not make them louder at the game, which may or may not pump up the home team’s players and scare the living hell out of the away team’s players (probably not the latter, although an insanely loud crowd during the away team’s third-down huddle never hurt anyone).

Where did it all start?  Not totally sure on that yet, although I’ve read that Oklahoma State started it with an Orange-out in 2003.  From there Penn State seemed to have perfected it during their big rivalry games with the White-out form (and have actually tried a Blue-out a couple times).

Penn State Whiteout - Unreal!

Penn State Whiteout - Unreal!

Teams like Georgia and Louisville have done their own Black-out versions, along with countless other schools.  I’ll do some research and see what I find…think any teams lost at home during their White-out or Black-out games?  I know of one that recently got crushed on national TV, but I’ll save that for the next post on the topic once I’ve collected more data.

University of Georgia Black-out game vs. Alabama

University of Georgia Black-out game vs. Alabama