KO Gets Knocked Down And Possibly Out

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Have I seen the last of Keith Olbermann on television?  After his recent behavior, I’m starting to wonder this very question.

Keith exchanged tweets over Penn State’s dance marathon, which raises millions for pediatric cancer.  The exchange, I must admit, didn’t make KO look very good at all.  ESPN subsequently suspended Olbermann for the rest of the week, and Keith went to Twitter to apologize for what he himself called childish behavior.

I’ve been a fan of his since his ESPN days with Dan Patrick and his sortie into the news business on MSNBC. (I always thought MSNBC canned him for being too conservative if you can believe that.  He wasn’t afraid of going after Hillary Clinton or President Obama as he did George W. Bush.) He is no stranger to controversy wherever he goes, and not afraid of making stands and putting his job on the line in ways no reporters or anchors dare do these days.

I don’t know.  I think I just may have witnessed Olbermann’s Waterloo with all of you.  Making negative comments about a university raising money for cancer is going to be a tough pill to swallow for many.

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Joe Paterno, the former PSU head coach.

I found myself yesterday doing something I don’t ordinarily do on a regular basis: disagreeing with Keith Olbermann.

The topic was whether or not wins should be restored to Paterno’s record, once again giving him 409 wins to lead all NCAA coaches on its biggest level.  Olbermann thought it was another slap in the face to the victims of Jerry Sandusky and the institution that failed for so long to dismiss him.

Probably.

I do not disagree that Paterno could have done more, and if he could not have done more, the school should have him strongly consider retirement.  What I don’t understand is what that has to do with all the wins he accumulated as head coach.  It’s not like having a pedophile as an assistant coach gave Paterno an unfair advantage of some kind.

What happened at Penn State a few years back was morally reprehensible.  But to take away from Paterno’s win total was never the correct solution.  It would be similar to me robbing some bank, getting caught doing so, and the judge taking away a TV set I had before I robbed the bank.  It made no sense.

The Axe Finally Falls

The current coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Greg Schiano.  He still has a job, for now.
Greg Schiano the now EX Buccaneers coach.  Feels good to say that, I must admit.

It just broke (a few minutes ago as I type this) that Greg Schiano has been fired as the Tampa Bay Bucs coach.

I was all for it when the Bucs started 0-8, but then they started to win a few games, going 4-1 in one five game stretch.

Losses to San Francisco, St. Louis, and New Orleans to end the 2013 campaign did the coach in. Some of the play calling in the New Orleans game didn’t make a lot of sense.  A fake punt down 21-14 with less than 30 seconds to go in the half, for instance.  Or running the ball on  a 3rd and 1 on their own side of the field down 42-17.

It’s rumored Schiano is heading to Penn State, with Bill O’Brien rumored to be the new coach of the Houston Texans.

May his pro coaching career rest in pieces.

A great final blog entry for 2013.

Coming Wednesday: predictions for 2014.

A Punishment Like No Other

Joe Paterno’s statue was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium today.  A short year ago, something like this was inconceivable.  A week ago, it seemed inevitable.

It’s also the sign that the NCAA is about to swoop in and issue severe sanctions and punishments against the school.  Look at what happened to Southern Methodist University in 1987, and I think you’ll see something worse than that when the punishments are levied tomorrow morning in light of the child sex abuse scandal at PSU that began being revealed in the media the previous fall.

The fact that the NCAA steps in now tells me that the 2012 PSU football season will likely be cancelled at the very least, and the Nittany Lions won’t field a football team for a few years afterwards.  Other athletic teams will also be effected, but remember, this is just my speculation.  I can also see Penn State kicked out of the Big Ten conference, which would leave it with eleven teams.  Yes, college sports does seem to have problems with math.

I don’t think it’s very fair to punish the athletes of Penn State who knew nothing about the scandal, or didn’t even play football for the school.  Those kids must be protected, just as the rape victims of Jerry Sandusky should have been protected.  Let these kids go to other schools so they can continue their athletic careers and/or their vocations.  Two wrongs never make one right.

Universally Disliked

In this day and age, it is a very rare thing to get everybody to hate you.  Jerry Sandusky is one of those people.  The only other person I can equate Sandusky to in recent years would be Casey Anthony.  Maybe Susan Smith and Jeffrey Dahmer of a generation ago.

(I do not include alleged assassins and murderers in this list like say Timothy McVeigh, Lee Harvey Oswald, O.J. Simpson and the like.  There are a lot of people, take Simpson’s case for instance, that believe to this day that O.J. did not kill his wife and Ron Goldman, and Simpson’s 1995 criminal trial does back up that fact.)

I have no doubt Jerry Sandusky is a very sick man.  But he can no longer harm his community.  He has been found guilty for his crimes by a jury of his peers, and the sentence of 442 years makes it an absolute fact he will not be a free man for the rest of his life.  And needless to say, the jury got it right.  Very much so.

It is my sincerest of hopes that we do NOT lose sight of the fact that there were people at Penn State who knew about this and let this continue to happen.  And THEY need to be punished too as individuals, as does the university itself.  The school will no doubt have to pay its own restitution.  Maybe the sports programs the school has become so well known for will fail to survive.  It’s possible.  Can’t have misdeeds without consequences.

May God bless the victims of Jerry Sandusky and the unintended victims of what he has done.