So much has been written about the evolving Penn State University scandal that I hesitate to tread. But, I continue to be amazed by the arrogance that continues to be displayed by some of the Nittany lion faithful.
Just as I begin to believe that they finally 'get it', a PSU-family member will make a very public statement about how Joe Paterno or even Jerry Sandusky is being mistreated. They go on to speak about the 'Penn State Way', all of the good that Joe Pa has done over the last 50 years and all of the lives that he has touched.
Unfortunately, when the grandfather, father and man Joe Paterno had a chance to help young men being sexually abused by one of his own he fumbled mightily.
His comment upon reflection- "I should have done more." Ya think??
I've got a question for coach, Mike McQueary- How does a 28 yo man view what he knows to be an improper act with a child in a locker room shower continue to walk by without immediately confronting the situation?
Many students clearly understand the 'Penn State way' as the campus literally riots moments after the coach is fired. Did they even light a candle after the first reports of allegations that a child may have been harmed on their campus by one of their own??
Where was the outrage?
I could go on and on but this isn't about Joe Paterno's legacy or feelings. This isn't primarily about the arrogant culture that PSU has clearly mastered and taught many of its' family members' over generations.
While people lament the fall of Joe Pa and the damage that is being done to the reputation of such a fine academic institution lest they forget one small fact:
WHAT ABOUT THE ABUSED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES?
Who's rioting for them?
Pride comes before the fall...so does arrogance.
Clearly, for years many of the Nittany-faithful have believed that nothing was more important than Penn State, but many in the rest of the world value the safety of all children just a bit more.
In today's media crazed world with 24-hour news cycles, streaming video from every smart phone and the internet it seems that we are inundated with random events. Some are news worthy but most are just presented for shock value or in a feeble attempt to stave off boredom.
Here are a few recent topics that caught my attention ( in no particular order):
Smokin' Joe Frazier is dying of liver cancer
Damn...what a shame! I initially met him when I was in my training in Philadelphia. His gym was just down Broad Street from Temple Univ. Hospital. He is a very friendly and misunderstood person. Since history portrayed Ali as the hero that only left one role for Joe to inherit...truly a shame.
Tiger's ex-caddie shows his true colors
I know Stevie Williams was upset about the manner in which Tiger dismissed him but to now show his racist character...WOW! Didn't he make millions of dollars for merely carrying a golf bag???? How much does that bag weigh? Tiger I'm stronger than I look...call me...Please!
LSU vs Alabama 'Game of the Century'
Kim Kardashian is national evening news worthy
When I hear Brian Williams speaking of the daily travails of Kim K: Kim's getting married, Kim's getting a pedicure, Kim's getting a divorce. I'm left with one overriding conclusion- Kim's a pimp!! How she parlayed a big butt and a smile into a media empire should be mandatory case study at Harvard and Wharton business schools! Kim- much respect...keep getting your hustle on!!!
Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann
The question isn't where to start but rather... How to stop?
Conrad Murray's role In Michael Jackson's death
Conrad Murray's personal life (girlfriends and children) and Michael Jackson's personal life (clear signs of prescription drug addiction) have nothing to do with with simple questions- Did Conrad Murray cause Michael Jackson's death and were his actions reasonable and safe despite the outcome?
UFC on Fox
Velasquez vs. Dos Santos is a great fight for MMA enthusiasts but I don't think many casual fight fans or newbies have much of an idea who they are. Even more important, how does a airing a single fight that is not likely to go the distance keep a mainstream audience's interest for 60 minutes? If the fight goes all five rounds that still leaves 35 minutes of t-a-l-k-i-ng... I LOVE MMA but even I don't want to hear all of that hype.
US wealth disparity
How long do you think it will be before the 99% just start taking what they want? Ignore the Occupy Wall Street movement and let'em eat cake...right?
I warned you these were random thoughts.
Like many others, I am eager for the return of the NFL. Since the owners have approved and the players are reviewing, it appears that ratification of a new CBA may be close.
I must admit that I am guilty of spending an obscene amount of time hanging on each and every word of the NFL Network or most any other person 'in the know' with an ESPN presence.
But one thing is curious to me.
Why is there a growing sentiment among the pundits and peception peddlers that the NFL owners are giving away the farm with respect to practice and safety related issues?
The regulation and reduction in OTA's and contact practices only serves to limit the wear and tear on the players bodies and brains.
How can anything that will potentially keep players healthy longer both during and after their careers possibly be a bad thing?
Studies clearly show that all contact (including routine practice) counts and is cumulative in nature when in comes to potential brain injury.
Both players and owners have a financial risk when it comes to splitting up the $10 billion per year NFL pie...man that's a big number.
But only the players have a physical and mental risk.
Owners can only lose money...though none of them do.
Players can lose far more...and many of them do.
Ross Greenburg was a sports visionary at HBO. He resigns with his legacy firmly intact...the accolades speak for themselves (51 Emmy and 8 Peabody awards).
He apparently is going in another direction because he's tired of the 'mean-spirited' 'grind' of the business of professional boxing.
Can't fault him there.
I think that Greenburg's days were numbered when he refused to honestly accept the changing times and landscape.
Over the last 10 years, an undeniable movement in combat sports has been underway.
Simply put- He wouldn't accept the fact that the younger, growing fan base had begun to move towards MMA in an ever increasing manner as its combat sport of choice.
That doesn't mean that professional boxing was not great but the market has been speaking with a loud and clear voice for quite some time.
The music industry and its' captains of industry met a similar fate when they failed to properly embrace digital music. Young people didn't want CD's any more. Apple's itunes got it and most everyone else didn't and we see how that has worked out...the dynamics of the fight game aren't much different.
Young people still love combat sports but the preferred form isn't boxing.
Note to the next HBO Sports Prez- don't bet on CD's.
It's a fact that the UFC is the big leagues when it comes to MMA. They lead in both quality and quantity of athletes... hands down.
The UFC's merger with the WEC has created a very interesting windfall for the 'B' team. The UFC only has a limited number of slots on a limited number of cards and hundreds of fighters to keep busy...therein lies the dilemma for UFC and potential bonanza for Strikeforce.
The UFC is dropping talented fighters that have hit a rough patch at an amazing rate. They no longer have the bandwindth to develop B+ fighters or stick with a guy who's currently not setting the world on fire. Once upon a time, the UFC only banished fighters who's best days were behind them; now their roster is so huge they must jettison some good with the 'once was good'
The UFC is doing for Strikeforce what Strikeforce had a very difficult time doing for itself...locating and developing marketable talent.
The UFC's loss is potentially Strikeforce's gain.
And the upcoming Strikeforce multi-night heavyweight tournament...brilliant!!!
My only suggestion is that Fedor and Overeem should have been placed on opposite sides of the brackets. They clearly should have a chance to meet each other in the finals with the significant wild card being Werdum.
The left side of the bracket is brutal.