Monday, July 23, 2012
Penn St. football didn't get the death penalty, but they will never recover from the sanctions levied against them. NCAA president Mark Emmert didn't just throw the book at the Nittany Lion program , he came off the top rope like Macho Man Randy Savage. No bowl games for 4 years, a $60,000,000 fine, the loss of 80 scholarships, and the forfeiting of 112 wins is an unprecedented level of punishment. There is no ambiguity as to how the governing body feels about the tragedies that occurred in Happy Valley.
To say that the Joe Paterno legacy is tarnished would be a complete understatement. There will be no statue to honor the 4 decades of football excellence. He has been dropped from 1st to 12th in all time wins. No one will remember Penn St. as linebacker U and his image invokes anger, embarrassment, and shame. The lies and deceit overshadow his accomplishments. On a campus where football had become larger than life and the moral compass had gone completely awry president Emmert made sure he put things back in their proper perspective. Here are some observations over the weekend.
Adam Scott collapsed at the British Open in a fashion that is usually reserved for NFL place kickers and hockey goalies. Shankapotimus ended his final round with 4 straight bogeys and lost the tournament by one stroke. I suggest he seeks therapy to recover from that colossal meltdown.
USA basketball barely held off Argentina in an exhibition game 86-80. The good news is we still have Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The bad news is we are tremendously undersized up front and that may come back to haunt us in the Olympics. Stay tuned.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have won 5 straight games and trail the Cincinnati Reds by a 1/2 game in the NL Central. This is not a misprint.
Michael Vick has gone on record saying he thinks the Philadelphia Eagles could be the next great dynasty. If he stays healthy I would have to agree.