6545. wabbit - 11/12/2011 2:46:07 AM
Geez louise, what are the students at Penn State thinking? I am *SO* glad someone had the stones to fire JoPa and am entirely disgusted with the students who think he should be allowed to coach this weekend's game. Hey future leaders of America (now there's a scary thought), I have an idea...go do some volunteer work with abused kids for a year. Get some perspective. A damn football game is NOT more important than these children.
Hard to believe a 28 year old man had to go home and ask his daddy what to do when he saw Jerry Sandusky having sex in the locker room shower with an 10 year old. Did it really not occur to McQueary to get in the shower, save the child and beat the crap out of Sandusky? Really??
And when Sandusky "retired" at what, age 59, and no university programs were knocking on his door, nobody thought that was odd?
As for Paterno, it's remarkable to me that someone who took pride in keeping tabs on how his players were doing in class did the absolute LEAST when told about what Sandusky had been seen doing to a child. It makes me wonder if Paterno really gave a crap about how his players were doing beyond making sure they didn't fail out of the football program. And now he says "If this is true..." WTF? Now he's playing the I-had-no-clue card?
If this was happening at Penn State, a university that was considered golden, imagine what is going on at schools without the halo. Where is our moral compass pointing?
Sorry for rambling, I am seething.
6546. arkymalarky - 11/12/2011 5:02:23 AM
I say amen to your whole post. I know this is the sports thread but academia forced into worshipping at the altar of sports needs to stop. Bob's idea for public schools is intramural only.
6547. wabbit - 11/12/2011 4:42:36 PM
Penn State gets to play today, then loses the rest of the season. Wow. SMU lost their program for a year because boosters were giving money to players. Notre Dame lost a head coach because he lied on his resume (you have to chuckle at this one - did nobody bother to check his resume? sheesh). Various schools have been found guilty of point shaving in football and basketball. None are as bad as what has happened at Penn State, not even close. Maybe they need more than a half year break from football.
As for the bystanders, if you drove the getaway car or provided the safe house, it doesn't matter whether or not you pulled the trigger. Paterno may have been a great coach, but it seems he was a small man.
6548. wabbit - 11/12/2011 4:46:17 PM
A bright spot of sports news - kidnap victim Wilson Ramos, the Washington Nationals catcher, was rescued by Venezuelan police commandos after being held for two days. The commandos exchanged gunfire with the kidnappers and arrested five alleged abductors.
6549. judithathome - 11/13/2011 9:09:09 PM
Since 1984, the salaries of college football coachs have risen by 750%...professors? A mere 34%.
That says it all....
6550. wabbit - 11/16/2011 5:37:09 PM
We are a nation of idiots - entertainment is far more valuable than actual knowledge or education. You should see the anti-Warren ad running on TV here in MA. We don't need no stinkin' intellectuals.
And I was wrong about Penn State's last game being the end of their season. Evidently, not only will they finish the season, they will accept a bowl invitation.
6551. wabbit - 11/16/2011 5:40:02 PM
JoPa transferred complete home ownership into his wife's name a few months ago. Hmmmm...
6552. vonKreedon - 11/16/2011 5:43:59 PM
I'm glad that Penn State will play out the season and post-season. To not do so would punish the players to an extraordinary degree, those of them with NFL/CFL aspirations, specifically the Seniors and Juniors, would have their career dreams negated because of bad actions and inactions on the part of the coaches and administration, actions/inactions that had nothing to do with the team unlike recruiting and cheating violations that can get a team sanctioned by the NCAA. The Juniors and Senior players are already pretty screwed, particularly the Juniors.
6553. judithathome - 11/16/2011 9:19:58 PM
Well, I think it's fine that everyone is so concerned about what this scandal will do to the innocent bystanders: the football team...I sort of feel like "poor them".
I'll tell you who probably feels their pain vis a vis "unfairness": the victims of that pervert. Yeah, the kids who were allowed to be abused while that pervert cut a swath through their ranks.
6554. vonKreedon - 11/17/2011 12:50:10 AM
I'm certainly not arguing that the pain of the rape victims is equivilant (sp?) to the pain of the football players, I'm only arguing that the PSU administration and staff have already inflicted pain on both the victims and the players through their repugnant and unethical responses to Sandusky's crimes and that there's no reason to inflict yet more pain on the players by suspending the program.
6555. judithathome - 11/17/2011 5:48:07 PM
I understood what you meant. Just making a statment.
I come from a state where football is more important than anything...when high schools with crumbling infrastructure and a roster of teachers who have been let go because of funding will spend millions on state-of-the-art football stadiums that rival any college campus. Where TCU is rebuilding a new stadium that will make Jerry Jones envious...the entire town is draped in purple until after the college bowl games.
It gets a little old, That's all...and those students last week, rioting to KEEP Paterno rather than rioting because of what was done to those kids...it was bizarro-world to me.
6556. arkymalarky - 11/26/2011 12:09:49 AM
6557. wabbit - 12/8/2011 4:42:19 AM
Sandusky arrested again:
Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after new child sex abuse charges were filed against him based on the claims of new two accusers, including one who says he screamed in vain for help while Sandusky attacked him in a basement bedroom.
The latest accusers are the ninth and 10th alleged victims described in grand jury reports that claim Sandusky befriended and then molested boys he met through his Second Mile charity for troubled youth. A grand jury document released Wednesday echoed an earlier report, saying Sandusky gave the boys gifts while also making advances on them...
And some finally believes Bobby Davis:
Over the course of nine years, former ballboy Bobby Davis told his story of sexual abuse at the hands of Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine to the police, the college, the local newspaper and a national TV network. Each time, either he was too late or his story couldn’t be proved.
When he went public again last month, he was maligned by Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim as an opportunist and a liar.
On Wednesday, a top law enforcement official became the first to say publicly he believed Davis was a victim and Fine had abused him...
6558. wabbit - 1/29/2012 5:57:57 PM
RIP Joe Pa. 85-year-old Joe Paterno passed away on Tuesday. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2011. Many people will deify him now, but I lean more toward the opinion of Buzz Bissinger, that while Paterno can be remembered for his accomplishments, he must also be remembered for a collosal failure to act.
6559. wabbit - 1/29/2012 5:58:19 PM
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka dropped a whuppin' on Maria Sharapova, winning her first Grand Slam title at the 2012 Australian Open in straight sets, 6-3 6-0. Sharapova was a gracious loser and can let her throat rest. Azarenka's win moves her to the top of the women's ranking.
Novak Djokovic wore down Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam singles final in the history of professional tennis Sunday, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after 5 hours, 53 minutes to claim his third Australian Open title.
6560. vonKreedon - 1/31/2012 12:53:41 AM
In ongoing vonKreedon related sports news, my son is starting for the Fresno State Tennis Team!
6561. arkymalarky - 1/31/2012 5:11:40 AM
6562. vonKreedon - 2/15/2012 3:26:14 AM
Fresno State just beat Stanford at Stanford 4-3. Reid, playing #6, won his match 7-5 3-6 6-3!
6563. arkymalarky - 2/15/2012 4:42:39 AM
6564. vonKreedon - 2/15/2012 5:16:10 PM
A huge win for Fresno, beating the #9 ranked Cardinals for the first time in 19 tries.