NOTE: VOTING ENDS AT NOON TODAY. A FINAL TOTAL WILL BE TAKEN. NO VOTING WILL COUNT AFTER NOON.
Forget about a white Christmas in the Haupt house in Jersey Shore; this family celebrates the holiday in blue. They cover the tree in Penn State ornaments, ticket stubs, blue lights and blue tinsel. Instead of a star, a blue, winged beanie bear tops the tree, with a bell saying “God bless our Nittany Lion.”
Presents wrapped in blue and white and Penn State snowmen are common. But that’s just during the holidays.
For the rest of the year, Paul Haupt wears Penn State attire every day and has Penn State tattoos on his arm and leg. Each Wednesday he drives to the Nittany Mall to pick up Commerce Bank slogan pins. His home contains two “Penn State rooms,” which include a school locker filled with memorabilia and a helmet signed by Joe Paterno. Since getting season tickets five years ago, he attended every game except one in 2005, when the river in his hometown was expected to flood. The Haupts decided to turn around five miles from the stadium. Paul set up the cooler, grills and television on his front porch while the waters rose quickly and stayed there, watching the game, until firemen made the family evacuate.
“Paul is a true Penn State fan. No matter how badly the team plays, he sits until the end. One thing he does not do is badmouth anyone else’s team,” said the letter nominating him for craziest fan.