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Caption: A pair of black shoes – black shoes make the players look (deceptively) slower. (above)
Did You Know?
The mantra “Black shoes, basic blues, no names on the jerseys” comes from the philosophy black shoes make you look slower (i.e. a competitive advantage) and basic blues, no names keeps things simple and puts players into a larger team context.

Frequently Asked Questions

If we don’t answer your question here, let us know!

Q: Will the “The Joe We Know;  We Are The Legacy” film be made available on DVD for purchase?

A: This is probably our #1 most frequently asked question.  We’re flattered that folks want to hear a bunch of football players from yesteryear talk about their experience in The Grand Experiment, and listen as we do really poor imitations of Coaches. Do you really want to hear guys tell you why, 35 years later, they still tell their kids and grandkids to “Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves?” As Coach might say, “Get atta heah!”

Some of the guys huddled together back in 2011 and decided to create a video for Coach’s belated birthday party. Something simple but warm and genuine: a few funny pictures, a little music to make the pictures flow, a few cameos from the boys turned men who wanted to thank the coaches for all the unnecessary wind sprints, long practices, and heartfelt messages… that they screamed in the ear holes of our helmets. (You really want to have a copy of that in your home?)

It was never our intention to make this public or offer to make it available on DVD, and we don’t know if we will ever do it. The effort was a pure and honest gesture from former players to describe what the whole Penn State college experience really meant to us. It was about our families – and what we learned and how we’ve applied it. So watching the film alone in your living room or bedroom with some Good-n-Plenty and Twizzlers wasn’t what we had in mind.

Q: How can we see “The Joe We Know; We Are the Legacy” film?

A:If you’re up for a private gathering with some folks at your local renovated, restored, or new six-plex movie theater, there may be a way to noodle this into a meaningful program event – the film really is best appreciated on the big screen. The film will make you think. And it is a lot more interesting and fun to think with a group of friends.

If you’re interested in organizing a private showing, possibly in collaboration with your regional Penn State Alumni Chapter, blow the whistle, call a time out, and let’s chat.

Teams willing to huddle with others should contact basicblues@grandexperiment.org

PS.  A wise man once said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”

Guess who?

Any private program showing of the film will be introduced by a former player.

Q: Has the film ever appeared on television?

A: The film, “The Joe We Know,” aired on PBS Stations on April 19, 2012. These stations showed the film in its entirety:

  • WPSU/State College – 4/19/12 @ 9pm
  • WQLN/Erie – 4/19/12 @ 10pm
  • WITF/Harrisburg – 4/19/12 @ 9pm
  • WVIA/Scranton – 4/19/12 @ 9pm
  • WLVT/Bethlehem/Philadelphia – 4/19/12 @ 9pm

Q: Is there a possibility that the film will be aired on PBS sometime in the future?

A: Both WQED/Pittsburgh and WHYY/Philadelphia indicated that they might air the program at a later date that is TBA. Stay tuned for updates – or consider filling out our contact form and getting on the mailing list so you don’t miss any news!

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