The Penn State-Michigan State game had a lengthy weather delay, stopping in the middle of the second quarter with the Nittany Lions up 14-7.
Well, the crowd's been taken out of this game. Quite literally. pic.twitter.com/D2dPeF06zI— Ryan Beckler (@RyanBeckler) November 4, 2017
While both teams waited, Penn State had some pizza that was supposed to be eaten after the game.
#PennState AD Sandy Barbour just said players have been moved to larger area and are being fed pizza.— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) November 4, 2017
Penn State is currently feeding their players the pizza that had been ordered for the end of the game meal.— Hondo Carpenter (@HondoCarpenter) November 4, 2017
And when they weren’t eating pizza, Mark Allen threw grapes into Saquon Barkley’s mouth:
Meanwhile, folks on Michigan State’s side took power naps.
Big Ten football. FEEL THE EXCITEMENT. pic.twitter.com/PEq8tZVyOf— Ryan Beckler (@RyanBeckler) November 4, 2017
When the game came back on the air, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported on how else both teams spent the delay:
“Some guys took naps, other players just stretched out. What they did do — there was about 120 Chick-fil-A sandwiches that were brought in for Penn State; for Michigan State, it was about the same amount from Potbelly’s. Penn State went out and bought about $500 dollars worth of protein bars and produce just to keep energized and hydrated.”
Now, I don’t know if Penn State’s meal plans were a great idea. Eating all that food in general is great for satisfying one’s hunger, but maybe not before going back to doing physical activities. Maybe Penn State didn’t eat that much and won’t feel funny as they run on the field. But then again, these are huge kids with huge appetites, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them helped themselves to third or fourth servings.
Eating during halftime is a thing, though usually not pizza:
The goal of halftime is to replenish electrolytes lost through sweat and to replenish carbohydrates so that you can come back with renewed energy to finish the second half. Football games can last longer than three hours, so energy levels should be replenished on the sidelines and in the locker room at halftime. Between possessions, Gatorade offers the simplest and most effective way to rehydrate on the sidelines. During halftime, simple carbohydrates are easy to digest; therefore, choose fruits such as oranges, which provide vitamins, and bananas for potassium. Gatorade energy bars and pretzels are also great options.
Still, it would be amazing to see Michigan State get the lead, because that good, good pizza bogged down Penn State.