Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Terrible Terrible Stuff

I just want to share how utterly disgusting and reprehensible I find the whole Penn State affair to much so that it's been preying on my mind for the last two days. So much so that it actually dwarfs the terrible voting record of Washington State voters this week ( just had to privatize liquor, didn't you? Stupid stupid stupid...).

I am alive and I am doing some writing, just not on the blog lately...sorry, folks. I really, really do intend to get some stuff up here in the next couple-couple. Last Thursday we skipped our normal game, and tomorrow...well, the actual course of events may be up-in-the-air. I really don't have the time to get into it. I'm just taking a moment away from the radio discussion for a much needed breather.



  1. at least nothing bad happened to you or your family. a week without a post (not even about the seahawks!), i was a bit worried. :)

  2. I really don't want to believe that Joe Paterno knew anything about what was going on. But shame on him if he did. Especially if he turned a blind eye to it in favor of winning games. What a way to end a legendary college football career, man. Just horrible.

  3. Oh, and glad to see ya ain't dead! ;-) Sorry, that Penn State stuff is close to home, considering I live just outside Philadelphia. The news is all over the place out here.

  4. This is what really gets to me about Paterno:

    “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.

    My goals now are to[..]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.

    Not helping abused children, but helping the REAL victim: the university!

  5. Having just moved to State College a few months ago, I haven't been able to understand the adulation folks give "Joe Pa" and the program overall. For other reasons I distrust this weird sort of institutional adoration.

    As I write this they announced he was fired, and the local news shows masses of students in the streets in protest. I just watched a segment interviewing football players after they found out ... and if you hate the NFL lines "We've just got to go out there and play our game the way we know how", "We've just got to stay focused on our game", and "We've just got to go out there and execute", imagine that coming from 20 year-old dipshits talking about how they're going to play this weekend against Nebraska now that Joe Pa won't be out there. They all want to win because it's not fair that Joe Pa has to pay for something he didn't do.

    It would be surreal if the pre-scandal social context wasn't already surreal ... here in Happy Valley.

    (P.S., they also have state-run Wine and Liquor stores here [imagine run-of the mill Riojas at $10-15], and at a "Bottle Shop" a 6-pack of micro-brew costs $10.50-12.00. That adds to the surreality, I think.)

  6. Good to see you back!

    As for the Paternopalooza, it's atrocious the witch hunt that's surrounding Joepa.

    If he HAD reported the incident to the police back then, and it was unfounded, he would have lost his job then for no good reason. He followed what he was supposed to do and reported it to his superiors. What about the superiors not alerting the authorities?

    What about the governor who sat on the board of trustees who recently said he had to live with this for two years? Why isn't he made to resign?

    How many other people knew more about this over the years? Why aren't they tossed on the fire?

    This mob mentality is truly sad.