Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ESPN Has Some Explaining To Do

During the excessive coverage of the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, we heard from many analysts at ESPN taking the moral high road and calling for the head of Joe Paterno for "not doing enough" to report sexual abuse to the police.

Reporters were staked out all throughout State College, and the wall to wall coverage on ESPN's TV outlets, online website, and ESPN Radio was overwhelming.

Calls for PSU to forfeit the season, skip their bowl game, Fire Paterno immediately.  We heard it all from ESPN analysts.  Many said if they had known about sexual abuse they surely would have reported it. 

Robert MacLeish in story published by ESPN: “The victims don’t need his prayers right now; they needed his help when they were being preyed upon. Second, fess up.”

ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach: “Finally, adults with backbones and courage made a prudent decision at Penn State.  Paterno was fired because he failed miserably while making the biggest decision of his life.  He is guilty of gross indifference, if nothing else. Morally, Paterno should have done more”

ESPN reporter Howard Bryant: “There is no defense for the number of people in positions of authority who had an opportunity to stop Sandusky and did not.”

ESPN reporter Jemele Hill: “Paterno should never have been allowed to coach another game, but we’re free to judge Paterno outside the constricts of the law.”

ESPN reporter Mark Schwarz: “Well we don’t see it as our jobs to go to authorities with evidence that we collect…”

ESPN Senior Vice President & Director of News Vince Doria: “All journalists could be asking themselves this very same question: What role should journalists play in providing information that may or may not have been reported? It’s complex and something we must continue to evaluate.”

Ironically we find out a few weeks later that people at ESPN had a tape of one of Bernie Fine's alleged victims talking with Fine's wife.  ESPN themselves had evidence of Fine allegedly doing these things at least 8 years ago.  They didn't report it to the police.  Hypocrites...

You should hear the excuses flying from the "Worldwide Leader" as to why they didn't go forward with the taped phone conversation between Bobby Davis and Fine's wife Laurie.  "We wanted to be sure it was her voice before we proceeded," said reporter Mark Schwartz. 

Doria said, "From a professional standpoint our role as a journalist is to seek out information and vet that information and when we’re satisfied with the credibility of that information to report it to the public. It’s what journalists do. It’s not necessarily the journalist’s role to go to the police with potential evidence that at the time we didn’t believe was strong enough to report ourselves."

It took them 8 years to find a way to verify her voice.  Either that or they were never trying in the first place. 
Penn State lost a University president, the head football coach, the athletic director and a vice president for not doing enough, so what's a fair and just penalty for ESPN?  Who knew?  When did they know it?  Who did they tell?

More importantly, why did they wait?  Were they trying to be sure they got the scoop on an awful story?  Afraid of losing exclusive rights to the videotape?  How many victims were abused because they didn't report what they knew? 

ESPN wasn't the only media outlet who knew and did nothing.  The Syracuse Post-Standard was also told about the allegations and also failed to turn over the tape to the authorities.   Both of them felt it wasn't much of a story.  Regardless of the level of the story at the time we're talking about abused children here.  Isn't this what we heard ad nauseam from ESPN reporters and talking heads throughout their PSU coverage?

I want to know what ESPN's parent company, Disney, has to say about this situation.  I'm sure it reflects favorably upon a family oriented company like Disney to have ESPN become known for not reporting a suspected child abuser to the authorities.

In the end though, if we listened to all of the ESPN reporters and analysts, people had a moral responsibility outside of their normal duties to make sure this information made it into the hands of the police.  ESPN failed in this regards.  I wonder who out there is ready to take them to task for it?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Baltimore Ravens Win Their Super Bowl Again!

Someone needs to send a memo to the Baltimore Ravens and tell them that Gatorade baths are supposed to be reserved for when you actually win a championship.  These idiots have already doused head coach John Harbaugh twice this year after two regular season victories. 

The first one was after the Ravens beat division rival Pittsburgh to complete a regular season sweep.  While I could POSSIBLY understand that one, there’s no excuse for dunking the coach after beating a completely overrated San Francisco team.

Here’s a newsflash for you Baltimore.  You haven’t won a damn thing yet!  The only thing that matters in the NFL is winning a championship, and other than Ray Lewis, who else on the Ravens knows what that feels like?  

Maybe you guys have some sort of endorsement deal where Gatorade pays you each $10,000 when your head coach takes a bath in energy drink.  Maybe John Harbaugh doesn’t bathe enough and this is the player’s way of cleaning him up.

Whatever the reason, you guys look like complete tools for celebrating a bunch of nothing.  Win a meaningful game in the playoffs for once then you’ll actually have something to celebrate.   

Seriously it’s laughable.  Maybe the rest of us deserve Gatorade baths for doing regular stuff.  Check out the hashtag #BaltimoreGatoradeBath for some great mocking of the Ravens.

I want a Gatorade bath for changing my son’s dirty diaper!  How about one for putting the toilet seat down? 

Maybe you guys got so tired of choking in the playoffs you’ll take any chance you can get to celebrate something.  Learn how to win with some dignity.  Act like you’ve been there before.  Oh haven't!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New CBA to curtail Pirates ability to spend in the draft

The future of the Pittsburgh Pirates may have taken a huge hit with the announcement of the new CBA for Major League Baseball.

It's no secret that a small market team like the Pirates will always struggle to attract top free agents to play here when teams like the New York Yankees can spend endless amounts of money and only pay a small percentage in "luxury tax" payments. 

The one area the Pirates COULD compete was by drafting players and paying higher amounts of money (over slot) for them.  A bit more risky, but drafting and signing a player was the only surefire way the Pirates could get talent. 

Now that will take a hit.

MLB announced today that part of the CBA includes harsh penalties for teams that go overslot to pay players in the draft.  The penalties also include losing top tier draft picks as well. 

So let me get this straight?  Certain teams can spend anything they want on existing MLB players, but the small market teams can't spend anything they want on unproven talent?

Anything to keep the Yankees/Red Sox machines humming I guess.

I'm sorry baseball fans, I can't actually
hear your pleas for competitive balance!
Some people are praising the fact there is no work stoppage this time around for the MLB, but sometimes a stoppage gets results.  The NHL came back from their work stoppage with legitimate fixes to a broken system, and the result is true competitive balance, plus a salary cap AND salary floor.

MLB needs the same. 

I find it completely laughable that Pittsburgh finally starts to spend money through the draft and the rules are changed to make it harder on them.  

I'm sure Bud Selig loves being able to point to a random small market team that has one big year out of nowhere and claim parity, but the truth is the same big market teams are usually claiming the playoff spots.  Hardly ever a year goes by where Boston or New York aren't in the running.  Philadelphia, Los Angeles, notice a pattern? 

Don't get me wrong, the small market teams need to be smarter with how they spend the money and in fact, some need to SPEND to begin with.  This includes the Pirates.  But then again that's the premise of the whole article.  The Pirates finally started spending and MLB implements this to prevent them from spending too much.

What a joke...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hey! Did you hear that Sidney Crosby is coming back?

The day Penguins fans have been waiting for is finally upon us.  Months of speculation as to when he might return are over.  Sidney Crosby will put on his famous number 87 sweater with the captain's "C" once again tomorrow night as the Pens take on the Islanders.

The team has fared quite well in his absence, but make no mistake, he instantly makes this team a lot better.  NHL teams set to face the Penguins have to be wishing the comeback would have been delayed a while longer. 

I think the Pens were right to take the patient approach with Crosby.  Surely no one could have foreseen that it might take him an entire year to recover from the concussion, but this is something you don't want to be wrong about. 

I think I speak for everyone who is a fan of the Black and Gold when I say it's damn good to see Crosby back in a uniform.  The only thing left to wait for is Crosby to take his first hit and keep going, and of course, see him start to light up the scoreboard like only "The Kid" can.

The NHL needs their marquee player, what with ratings opportunities out there with the NBA lockout in full swing.  The Pens need him too.  This team was good enough to make the playoffs without him and maybe even win a series, but Crosby's talent makes them instant and legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM against the Islanders.  Don't miss it!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Power sign former Pitt defensive back Ricky Gary

According to Gregg Giannotti on 93.7 The Fan, and also Ricky Gary's Twitter account (@sticky_ricky26), former Pitt defensive back Ricky Gary has signed with the Pittsburgh Power.

The 5'9" defensive back recorded 66 tackles and 3 interceptions during his Pitt career.  He is said to possess excellent "man to man" coverage skills. rated him the 26th best cornerback prospect coming out of high school, mentioning he had great anticipation and backpedal quickness.  His only knock was his size. 

His full name is Ricky Ricardo Gary.  Wonder if he loves Lucy?  Regardless he's the man with three first names.  That definitely makes him standout.

He is a cousin of Baltimore Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin and former Kansasy City Chiefs tackle Willie Jones.

The Power will have one more tryout for those who think they have what it takes to make the team.  It takes place this Saturday (November 20th) at Southpointe.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Is Anyone Else Out There SICK Of Hearing About Penn State?

Look, I'm not naive to think this story about the Jerry Sandusky scandal is dead by any means, but every article I read seems to rehash the same details as the other 20 articles on the same website.   I'm talking to you ESPN.  You put up an article about how JoePa was proud of the team, dedicating about 4 lines of text to his reaction before filling the rest of it with details about the sex scandal.

Even those who haven't bothered to read the 23 page grand jury report should now be intimately familiar with the specifics of the allegations facing Sandusky.  Lord knows we've been bludgeoned to death by them over the past week or so.

We've reached the point where every rumor and possibility is being overblown in the media and on Twitter. 

One of the latest rumors circling the net was that the Joe Paterno statue outside of Beaver Stadium is going to be taken down.  Immediately the comments filled up about how PSU students were surely going to riot when this news became official.

I'm not defending any of the actions, or lack thereof, of those involved in this mess.  Even if he wasn't the one committing the crimes, it certainly appears Paterno could have done more to prevent more victims from being harmed by Sandusky. 

Paterno was responsible as head coach for many things and as a result, had to lose his job.    It just seems like many people out there don't want to stop there.  Some would see Paterno go to jail despite the fact he committed no crime.  There are already talks about civil lawsuits, tarnished legacies, and other football related news (Paterno's name removed from the Big Ten Championship Trophy).

I've even read comments on ESPN articles from Big Ten Rival school's fans about how PSU deserves the NCAA death penalty.  Don't worry, PSU will take a huge hit in this for far longer than the NCAA could possibly impose a sanction for.

At this point, the legal investigations and trials need to run their course before any other action is taken.  I think way too many people are fanning flames that shouldn't be burning yet.  Even worse, so many uninformed people who haven't bothered to read the grand jury report continue to chime in their opinions. 

Armen Keteyian and CBS promoted an exclusive interview with Mike McQueary which was in actuality a 24 second conversation mostly with Keteyian putting words in McQueary's mouth.  One of the lamest and most over hyped interviews I have ever seen.  It seems to be a great symbol for what passes as journalism in this case.  Short, uninformed, and over promoted.

To be fair, Bob Costas had a strong interview with Jerry Sandusky, in which he asked very relevant questions to try and get to the bottom of Sandusky's inner psyche.  What we found is haunting to say the least.  The fact it took Sandusky about 3-4 seconds to try and answer whether he is sexually attracted to young boys is just sick. 

The media needs to stick to reporting facts instead of spreading every possible unfounded rumor they hear about this mess in an attempt to "break a story" first.   It's just irresponsible.  

I doubt it'll happen though because there are a lot of people out there who would rather get ratings and attention out of all of this than to see the truth or justice find the light of day. 

Power News (11-16-11)

Several pieces of news to report on concerning the Pittsburgh Power arena football team.

First up, the Power have added several more players to their training camp roster.

The Pittsburgh Power announced the signing of defensive lineman Aaron Harris.
Harris, at 6’5”, 272 pounds, was a key component of a strong defensive line that led the University of South Florida to bowl games each of his four seasons in Tampa and a peak ranking of #2 (including 11 first place votes) during the 2007 season.

Harris concluded his college career having played 46 games, including 35 starts, and recording 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

“Aaron is a beast on the defensive line,” remarked Power head coach Chris Siegfried. “We look forward to having him here, he will help our defense immensely.”

The Pittsburgh Power also signed wide receiver Darius Passmore and defensive back Knowledge Timmons.

Passmore played two years at Marshall after starting his collegiate career in junior college, where he led all JUCO receivers nationally with 18 touchdown catches as a sophomore. Playing through injuries during his junior year, he caught 44 passes for 660 yards and 5 touchdowns. He followed that up with 56 receptions for 945 yards and 7 touchdowns, along with 21 carries for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns as a senior, earning second team All-Conference USA honors and an invitation to the NFL combine in 2009.

In 2010 he played with the BC Lions in the CFL.

Timmons ran track in addition to playing football at Penn State. He was a key contributor on defense and special teams and finished his career with 51 tackles and an interception. He attended the Power’s open tryout in October and impressed the coaching staff with his coverage skills. He has also played with Sioux Falls of the IFL.

“Passmore has great quickness, good hands, and the fearlessness to make tough catches in traffic,” remarked Power head coach Chris Siegfried. “Timmons is a speedster who can help us in many facets of the game,” Siegfried continued.

(Player info courtesy of


The 2012 Power schedule is now finalized.  We had dates and venues established already, but now the league has released the full list of kickoff times for the games as well.  I have updated the schedule in the sidebar for the blog.

Want to be the face of the Power for their upcoming 2012 advertising campaign?   You can audition on December 1st at Mullen's on Carson Street at 2:00 PM.  At the very worst you'll embarrass yourself and still come away with a pair of tickets for a Power game this season. 

Click on this link to sign up.


The Power will have one more public tryout to fill the remaining roster spots on the 2012 training camp roster.  Do you think you're destined for AFL glory?  Signup today through the team's website.

Last year's standout wide receiver Mike "The Joystick" Washington earned his way onto the team via the tryout, so why not you?

It does cost $75.00 so I wouldn't recommend trying out unless you have stood out at some collegiate level. 


Looking for a great stocking stuffer for the football fan in your life?  The Power are offering 10% off season ticket plans for the 2012 season up through Christmas. 

Once you take in a game you'll be hooked.  Visit the Power's ticket website for more information. 


That about sums it up.  Keep tuned in here and also follow me on Twitter @SteelCityVoice for all the latest happenings with the Power.

We never got to say goodbye.

Before I start this rant, I'd like it to be known that I do not condone what happened at Penn State. It's a tragedy of epic proportions and it could have been prevented.

So many people are bashing PSU fans who continue to show support for Joe Paterno following his dismissal as head coach of Penn State. What they fail to realize is that Paterno has been a grandfather figure to so many who follow the team. In fact, he was almost the same exact age as my own grandfather.

When we lose loved ones suddenly in life, what is the common thing many of us say? "I wish we had more time" or "I never got to say goodbye."

I'm going to focus on the second one. Paterno will not have a chance to coach another game unless some crazy athletic director decides to hire an 84 year-old coach to be the face of his program. Very doubtful since that same athletic director would promptly be fired for making such a move.

There will be no final home game ceremony to honor him. No final chance for the PSU faithful to shower him with accolades for all the good he's done in building Penn State into a national powerhouse.

The fans were robbed of that because of a scandal that also shook their pride in Penn State to the core.

Whatever you think of Paterno's involvement in this scandal and subsequent cover up, it doesn't change the fact he's arguably the greatest college football coach ever, at least in D-I/FBS football.

I fully understand why you can't honor him at this time, but that doesn't mean his fans shouldn't be allowed to share their feelings of support for what he did ON THE FIELD.

Penn State has always felt like a large family, and no matter what you think of a family member's failings, they are still your family.

Paterno is the grandfather of Penn State. Many out there, myself included, are still in shock at just how quickly he was gone. Just last week he won his 409th game as head coach, moving into 2nd all time in college football history. No one could have known it would be his final time patrolling the Penn State sidelines.

Yes he's still alive and facing the music for what happened but in terms of football he's dead. Let us grieve his loss however we see fit.

Instead of the negative, focus on the positive responses the student community and alumni have done since the scandal went public.

The candlelight vigil Friday night on the lawn of Old Main was emotional and proved that not all PSU students are interested in rioting to show support for Paterno.

At the time I write this article, Penn State supporters have already raised over $295,000 of their $500,000 goal to support R.A.I.N.N. (Rape Abuse Incest National Network).

McLanahan's Penn State will donate all proceeds from the sale of Nebraska Blueout t-shirts this weekend. They can be purchased online at

None of this will ever make up for the unspeakable tragedy that has occurred. It will never atone for the horrendous acts that Jerry Sandusky committed, and will never fulfill the moral obligations that Paterno, Mike McQueary, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, and Graham Spanier failed to uphold.

It does show you that not everyone at Penn State are monsters. Many of us are fine upstanding individuals with large, heavy hearts in the wake of these scandals. We are just as disgusted as the rest of the world at these allegations, and fully support the legal process and hope the hammer comes down on everyone responsible.

On top of that though, we've lost a grandfather figure in the process. Let us deal with this in our own ways.

We are...Penn State.

We are...grieving.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Salute To Veterans

When I was a kid, I was taught to respect my elders.  Easy enough to do right?  If someone is older than you, you have to listen to them because they obviously know what they are doing.

There's only one problem with this line of thinking.  Age and experience don't always equal right.

I was taught as a kid that Penn State did things the right way.  I was taught that Joe Paterno demanded nothing but the best out of people.  He wanted his kids to do things the right way.   Unfortunately, as we all learned this week, that image of Penn State was nothing but a fancy mirage.

Our religious leaders in the Catholic faith have also faced their own demons for the same problem facing Penn State right now.  People looked the other way when they found out what a few priests were doing to kids. 

Political leaders are constantly found to be involved in scandals, whether it be sex scandals, kickbacks, political payoffs, lying, or what not.  I can't honestly believe a single word that comes out of a politician anymore, can you?

Financial leaders have also lost my trust as it seems like every month there's new meltdowns on the horizon.  Banks lent money to people who can't pay for mortgages and now the rest of us pay higher fees.  I better not get started on my rant about the nickel and diming of Americans via bank and credit card fees.

This brings me back to my original point.  Who is left for us to respect?

For me the answer is simple.  I'll tip my cap to the brave men and women who have served this country in our armed forces. 

Today is Veteran's Day, and I want to honor those who have sacrificed their time to freely do what they wish in order to protect this nation we live in.  Without their bravery, I wouldn't be free to blog about sports.

They are my true heroes, along with those who bravely serve in our police and fire departments.  Brave souls who risk their lives without a second thought all in the name of heroism.

They are the ones who deserve and receive my respect. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Joe Paterno fired as head coach of Penn State

A headline I never thought I'd see, let alone write, in my lifetime.  Joe Paterno is no longer the head football coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions.  

A few hours after Paterno indicated he would retire at the end of the 2011 season, the Penn State University Board of Trustees announced at a press conference that Paterno had been removed from his position, replaced by interim head coach Tom Bradley.  Joe Paterno was fired.

University president Graham Spanier is also out, replaced on an interim basis by provost Dr. Rodney Erickson.

I'm so glad my grandfather Ed isn't alive to see Paterno fall like this.  He absolutely loved Penn State football and I can only imagine the heartache he would feel tonight.  I only know the empty pit in my stomach.

I know this had to be done for the university to move forward, but that didn't make the news any easier to take.  What also didn't help the situation was the utterly stupid questions being asked by some people at the press conference.

A legendary coaching icon was just removed from a position he has held for almost half a century amidst scandal, and someone actually asked out loud "Why Why?" at the immediate announcement.

Someone asked about a severance package for Paterno.  Who cares?

Someone asked if the board thought they rushed to judgement.   Many out there would argue they didn't act fast enough.

NO ONE asked a single question about Spanier!  Glad to know what people's priorities are up there.

A headline I never thought I'd see.
I have a question that SHOULD have been asked at the press conference.  "Can you tell us if Mike McQueary, who WITNESSED a child being raped still has his job?  If so, can you possibly explain how?"  From all sources on Twitter, McQueary is still employed.  That's a joke.

On top of the "journalism" displayed at the press conference, Penn State students are on the verge of rioting. 

This situation continues to get worse and worse with each passing moment, and it all comes back to one simple fact.  It could have been prevented. 

Don't lose sight of the reason this all occurred tonight.  An alleged sexual predator was allowed to remain on campus as a result of a coverup.  The only innocent victims in all of this were Sandusky's victims. 

It's a sad day and it didn't need to be.

This Will Be Joe Paterno's Final Season

Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno announced today that he will be retiring at the end of the 2011 season.  Needless to say the circumstances of his exit are not what anyone could have envisioned for the 84-year old legendary coach.

I won't rehash the obvious reasons for why Paterno is making this move. 

Paterno issued the following statement:

I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.

I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can.

This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.

My goals now are to keep my commitments to my players and staff and finish the season with dignity and determination. And then I will spend the rest of my life doing everything I can to help this University.

Penn State's Board Of Trustees is meeting tonight to discuss several agenda items, most notably the status of President Graham Spanier and whether or not Paterno will be allowed to coach this weekend in the game against Nebraska. 

Paterno thinks he is coaching, but to be honest, that isn't his decision to make anymore. 

Spanier is expected to be out as president by the end of the night.

Keep tuned in for updates on this evolving story.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Graham Spanier, The Cowardly Lion

Penn State University continues to get it very wrong in their handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Head football coach Joe Paterno was scheduled to have his weekly press conference today in State College.  Penn State sent out a memo yesterday saying that the only questions that would be taken would center on the current football season. 

Nice to know the priority at PSU at this time remains football.

PSU President Graham Spanier
a.k.a. The Cowardly Lion
Twenty minutes before today's press conference was to occur, Jeff Nelson (Assistant Athletic Director of Communications) announced that the press conference had been cancelled and would not be rescheduled.

The silence from Penn State at this point is deafening and, to be honest, quite infuriating.  They have completely failed to handle an already volatile situation.  Talk about "Fail To The Lion"

The only official statement the school has made to this point are the release from University President Graham Spanier in which he tastelessly referred to the allegations as "troubling."  He also pledged unconditional support to AD Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz, the two administrators facing perjury charges.

No mention of the victims.  No mention of the University fully cooperating with law enforcement.  None of the usual PR buzzwords that you expect from leadership.  In fact, President Spanier has been completely invisible as the face of PSU.  Multiple sources report it was HIS decision to cancel the press conference today.

Why does Penn State have a PR department?  Where did they learn how to do their jobs?  Surely someone must think it's a good idea to try and get SOME information to the media camped out all over campus.  Why are the only ones talking the students and former players being interviewed by outlets like ESPN?

Spanier is the epitome of a coward.  A cowardly lion...  He may be king of the forest, but the forest is burning.  In the past he has never seemed to turn down an opportunity to get interviewed by the media.  He's the chairman of the BCS for god's sakes.  Talk about a prominent role in college athletics. 

Yet now, when the school needs leadership in the worst way possible, Spanier is nowhere to be found. 

Ignoring this won't make it go away.  More and more details emerge almost every passing moment on Twitter.  The only one who seems to be willing to talk is Joe Paterno and he was silenced by Spanier today.

What is the administration afraid of?  What could Joe possibly say to make this mess any worse?

There is no doubt anymore this is Paterno's last season.  Even if he somehow manages to remain the coach for the rest of the season (which he shouldn't) his contract is up.  Seeing as he did play a role in this mess there's no reason any PSU administrator could give for rewarding Paterno with a contract extension.  NONE.

Reports are already starting to swirl that Paterno's support with the board of trustees has eroded.  One report says he was asked to resign but refused.  Paterno's son has repeatedly said no such request was made.

Penn State can't even get their own stories straight.  Total lack of "institutional control" right now. 

What kind of message does this send to alumni?  What kind of message does this send to current students?  When the crap hits the fan -- hide?

The only thing I can take pride from in this entire mess is that just about anyone you talk to who went to Penn State is sickened by the ordeal.  We all want to see justice served.  We all want those responsible for helping to cover up this terrible tragedy to be removed from power and, if appropriate, face the full wrath of the law.

That to me is the definition of Penn State Pride, even if our pride is wounded today.

We obviously didn't learn it from our cowardly leader.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Continuing Coverage of the PSU Sex scandal

More and more details emerge by the hour in the indictment of former PSU defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.  It seems with every passing moment the administration of Penn State finds ways to make themselves look even dumber.

Graham Spanier, President of Pennsylvania State University, seems to think these accusations are merely troubling.  “The allegations about a former coach are troubling, and it is appropriate that they be investigated thoroughly,” the statement read. “Protecting children requires the utmost vigilance … I wish to say that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have my unconditional support.”

Did he read the grand jury statement?  Plain as day it is spelled out all of the crap these guys have covered up, and yet he unconditionally supports them?

A suspected pedophile continued to get access to Penn State for years after he was caught in the act.  We now know the graduate assistant in the report is Mike McQueary.  McQueary reported the issue to Joe Paterno, who immediately notified Tim Curley of the problem.

That's all well and good on Paterno's part, but you have to wonder if Paterno bothered to followup on his reporting of the situation.  From all of the reports it seems like University Police didn't bother to fully investigate the claims. 

No one seemed to go and search for the victim...
No one seemed to care...

Paterno fulfilled his legal responsibility by reporting the matter, but I think he fell a bit short on the moral front.  That is why he is drawing a lot of criticism today from the national media and the public.

Joe Paterno was the king of campus during this time.  He wielded more power than Curley, and many are saying he should have been the one to report the issue to the police, particularly years after the fact when Sandusky still had access to the campus.

Curley and Schultz are in deep over this, and rightfully so.  Why lie about it to a grand jury?  Surely these well educated men had to see there was no saving their jobs once the truth came out. 

Although with stupidity running about on campus in the name of Spanier, who has given them unconditional support, maybe they need not have worried about job security.

At this point anything less than the resignations of Spanier, Curley and Schultz would be an outrage.  Curley and Schultz (allegedly) swept this entire thing under the rug, and Spanier is responsible for them all.

This also pains me to say it but Joe Paterno also has to resign in the wake of all of this.  While he didn't do anything wrong by reporting to Curley, I'm not entirely sure he made sure the authorities were aware of the problem either. 

Nothing stopped him from going outside the chain of command, no matter how painful it might have been to turn in an old friend.  In fact, I'm pretty sure when other head coaching jobs were a possibility for Sandusky, didn't Paterno offer up recommendations for the jobs?  I'm not sure I could recommend a co-worker for a job if I knew they were a pedophile. 

Paterno may not have a choice in the matter.  If Curley resigns or is removed from office, Penn State will have a new athletic director.  A new AD would deserve the opportunity to bring in his own head coach.  It's not like Paterno is the future of Penn State.  He's clearly the past. 

The only way to start the healing process in this whole matter is to remove all traces of the cancer from the body.  In this case those responsible, directly or indirectly, have to be shown the door. 

Anything less will only add to this travesty.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

PSU AD Tim Curley and VP of Business Gary Schultz Charged With Perjury

Maybe Pitt fans have it right. Perhaps the school will HAVE to change it's name to State Penn University.

Updating my article from yesterday. the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal just got bigger and who knows where the final axe will fall.

Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President of Finance and Business Gary Schultz were charged on Saturday with perjury and failure to report in an investigation. Schultz's responsibilities include overseeing the University Police department.

A good description of the mess involving Curley can be found at this ESPN Blog.

This is definitely not a good sign for the Penn State administration as it now seems very likely that some sort of massive cover up occurred at the school. You have to wonder how many other high ranking officials and coaches in the program knew what was going on.

It sounds like Paterno knew about the situation and reported it to his superiors. That's why he was not named in the perjury charges. I know some biased people will want to tear down Paterno's legacy but if he reported the situation to his athletic director, he's done his job. Had he not told Curley and tried to cover it up, then perhaps you could fault Paterno.

Why would Curley lie about it? If Sandusky did it, then deal with it by letting him go and don't lie to the authorities when asked about it. Nothing this big ever goes away. Hiding the truth only hurts the program more.

Curley and Schultz deserve jail time if we find out they did lie to protect a sexual predator. What kind of leadership does that show?

I am absolutely disgusted by this whole story right now and it looks like it's going to get a lot worse.

At least the state penitentiary isn't too far from campus.

Former PSU Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky Facing Felony Sex Crime Charges.

Penn State has a long standing reputation of being a moral compass in college athletics.  Head coach Joe Paterno has always focused on trying to recruit kids who will go to class and get an education on top of being pretty good athletes. 

It's what has made Penn State stand out over quite a few other noteworthy programs during his 46 year tenure.

I imagine I'm not the only Penn State alumni who is completely shocked to hear the news that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted on felony sex crime charges. 

According to the Patriot-News, Sandusky is facing 40 counts of various crimes.  A two year grand jury investigation resulted in the indictment.  The alleged charges range from 1996-2005.  Makes you wonder if Sandusky's autobiography, "Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story", had more of a hidden meaning to the title. 

The actually name of Sandusky's autobiography.
You can't make this up...
Sandusky retired from Penn State in 1998, so going off the charges listed, some of this allegedly took place during his Penn State tenure.

Sandusky is the founder of The Second Mile, a statewide non-profit organization that plans, organizes, and offers activities and programs for children - and adults who work with them - to promote self-confidence as well as physical, academic, and personal success.

I am always in the camp of "innocent until proven guilty" but it's hard to look at all these charges that took over two years to be filed, and not think SOMETHING happened. 

The big thing one has to know, is who knew what and when in the Penn State administration.  Joe Paterno and athletic director Tim Curley both testified before the grand jury during their investigation.

Sandusky was often rumored to be the next head coach at Penn State after Paterno retired, and yet at the age of 55 he suddenly retired and disappeared from the limelight.  Makes you wonder doesn't it?

Several media entities around Pittsburgh (Chris Mueller and Mark Madden) are asking the same questions I am. 

What if Paterno and Penn State knew about this and covered it up?

How did no one in the Central Pennsylvania media hear about this before now?

What happens if we find out PSU DID know about all of this?  Surely some heads would roll.

It remains alleged of course, so I will wait and see what happens in the trial. Regardless, the whole situation disgusts me and I am sure many of you out there as well.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Another Overhyped Quarterback...Ho Hum....

Excuse me if I refuse to buy into the hype ESPN tries to force down my throat every week.   It's always some up and coming quarterback ready to take their slot in the upper echelon of the NFL.

Last year it was Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, and Josh Freeman.  This year we have Tim Tebow, who gets more hype than guys who have proven it time and time again. 

I get the fact he's a "good character" who loves God and all, and loves to do his Tebowing on the field to show God praise, but as a quarterback he flat out sucks.   He should be praying to God every night for some quarterback ability.  I know God works miracles, but even that one might be out of his reach.

Tebow has played 14 games now as a quarterback and has a completion percentage of 48.1%  He got a ton of praise for beating Miami, who last I checked was an awful football team (0-7).  Why?  He completed less than half of his passes.  161 yards isn't exactly awe-inspiring

I know he's a solid threat running the ball, but he's a joke as a passer.  Still not sure why the Denver Broncos thought it was a good idea to blow a first round pick on him.  I remember laughing hysterically when they announced the pick, and I'm still laughing today.

Why don't the genuinely great passers in the league get more recognition?  Philip Rivers blew another game for the Chargers last night, and you keep reading articles about how Tony Romo can turn it around because he's great. 

You don't see much about Ben Roethlisberger except a bunch of haters commenting about his legal issues.  Is that the real reason ESPN and the other sports media outlets cling so tightly to Tebow?  In the hopes he magically becomes a great quarterback with strong morals that won't let them down?

I don't care about morals on a sports team, give me a winner with talent.  These guys aren't my role models in life.  In fact people who worship these guys and put them on a pedestal need to get their priorities straight.  These athletes care about themselves first and the only reason they acknowledge any of us is because the teams that pay their salaries MAKE them do it. 

I wonder who the Bronco fans would rather have leading their team right now.  Ben Roethlisberger or Tim Tebow.  I know who my choice is.