The Penn State Sanctions: A fate worse than death?

What to make of the Penn State sanctions you might ask?  Let us give you a : YIKES.

The NCAA finally smacked down their cruel, and perhaps unusual, punishment on Penn State with a butt load of sanctions that would make any football program cry like a little school girl.  You gotta admit though, the sanctions are a bit ridiculous.

The NCAA has hit Penn State with a $60 million dollar sanction, a four-year bowl ban, a reduction of 20 total scholarships each year for the four-year period as well as the utterly stupid vacation of all wins dating to 1998.  I said it before and I will say it again, REVISIONIST HISTORY is garbage.  Sorry, RANT TIME:  It absolutely does NOTHING to shame and tarnish a University’s reputation.  Those wins will always remain in the memories of the players, coaches and fans forever.  Don’t you think when looking at the record books the NCAA has locked up away in some back closet, someone will come across a HUGE gap in years and be like…..oh yea!  Those were Penn State wins vacated by the NCAA which had nothing to do with the actual football program’s talent and athletic prowess.  Did Sandusky’s behavior help the players score some touchdowns?  Did that sexual abuse enhance their fancy footwork?  Hell No!  Sooo freaking stupid.  NCAA… just stop already with that punishment, it clearly does nothing but make your board members sleep better at night knowing that they can strip away something that should never be taken away in the first place. 

The $60 million will go towards external programs focused on preventing child sexual and physical abuse as well as towards the Sandusky victims.  Hmmmmmmmmm this is “legal” money matter right, where the courts of Pennsylvania SHOULD decide the legal ramifications of a University’s lack of institutional control rather than the National Collegiate Athletic Association?  Yes the NCAA has some say because it is a University matter but the Sandusky issue goes beyond that.  The LAW should have had an influential hand in bestowing the fiscal punishments for Sandusky’s disturbing actions and unfathomable behavior, more or less serving as the payment for the victims’ traumatizing damages.

All you can do is just feel pity for Penn State.  They have already lost their beloved Joe Pa statue and are left with his literal, and metaphorical, dark shadows that will haunt the University…….maybe forever.  I do agree with the moving of the statue because it caused such a heated debate on campus.  SOOO heated that some protestors hired a freaking plane to fly over the University displaying an angry threat:  “If You Don’t Take the Statue Down, We Will.”  SHOOOoooOOOOt.  Those protestors be hating with their deep pockets…..how much does it really cost to pay a pilot to go flying around with a personal message for a few hours?  That shizzz probably ain’t cheap yo :/

I am happy that Penn State didn’t receive the Death Penalty.  That would have been just absurd.  You cannot suspend an entire athletic program that had no hand in the act, especially the players.  Unlike the SMU Pony Express scandal, the Penn State Football players weren’t accepting money, gifts or any sort of benefits during their time at the University.  This was the coaching staff and higher administration alone that decided to protect their own booties and preserve the Nittany Lion reputation.  Can’t blame them for wanting the best for their players and program but not at the expense of those sexually abused boys.  Not sure if this is the worst college football scandal.  It is certainly the most disturbing and shocking….but I think the scandals that actually involved the players and their bad behavior (Ohio State, Miami, USC 😦 , SMU) can be dubbed college football scandals.  This is where the NCAA should rightfully step in and wholly handle the punishments.  The Penn State scandal involved ONLY the coaches and their higher authorities.  Why not punish those board members, fine them, fire them, tarnish their reputation and not the entire university and it’s innocent football players.

It is going to be a while till Penn State feels like themselves again.  There might be a few less people in the crowd proclaiming “We Are….”  But you can always count on those  loyal individuals to always finish that cheer proudly with “…….Penn State!”

Is the Lake Show dunzo?

Well Well Well looks like the Lake Show may not be dunzo after all?  Steve Nash is a pretty nice addition to this ailing Los Angeles team.  But is he the ultimate solution?

As much as a I love the alien look a like Steve Nash and all his point guard slick nasty moves, he is still NOT the solution for the Lake Show.  The Lakers are in far much more trouble than they want to lead on.  The problems are still there and from the looks of it, will be there for a while.

The Lakers have no bench.  No, seriously.  Nothing.  If you watched any of the Laker Western Conference Final games at all, you know exactly what I am talking about.  The Lakers have no money.  With all the dinero they had left I guess we can assume it went to Mr. Nash.  Paul Gasol, sad to say, must go.  He is the only somewhat “valuable” player we could trade to get someone valuable in return.  Besides, we would rather not pay out the rest of his contract to give those Laker Girls some shake weights for X-mas.

Good GOD do I wish we could trade Bynum for the ridiculously huge center Dwight Howard.  But, it sounds like Dwight only wants to suit up in Brooklyn or bust.  Bynum is a bitch.  Plain and simple.  He is like the anger spoiled teenager who acts out when he doesn’t get to go out past curfew.  Who wants that in the NBA?  Bynum, be grateful that you are playing for one of the best championship caliber teams and playing alongside one of the greatest players to ever hit the court…..but you won’t…..because you an anger lil bitch.  Grow up.  Where is Derek Fisher when you need him?  Talk some Papa Bear sense into his Big head.

 

 

 

The one player we all were hoping and praying would return to the Lake Show, Lamar Odom, went to the next best LA team, the Clippers.  I don’t know about you but I think Lam Lam is going to destroy with the Clippers.  Even though he is coming off his worst season, everyone believes that he is confident in returning to LA and playing his absolute best……bringing that purple and gold champ style to the Clipper court.  He was sixth man of the year when the Lakers decided to trade him.  I can’t wait to see Mitch Kupchack and Jim Buss pulling out their eye lashes this coming season…..

Will the Lake Show be served?    Maybe by Ray Allen and the championship Heat team……or quite possibly Jeremy Lin and the Rockets?  I think the Lake show can stomach to lose to those teams but losing their city to their own neighborhood rivals? Now that calls for some serious upchucking.