Monday’s Sports Musings

There’s a note sitting on my desk. It’s been here for several days. I’ve ignored it while frolicking at Forecastle.

It reads “Death Penalty @ Penn State?”

And, of course, while I procrastinated, the ever professional, more vigilant than myself, Rick Bozich weighed in this afternoon on the topic. With essentially the same thoughts that I have.

Which boil down to this: Despite the heinous disregard for the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s predatory sexual advances, despite the cover up by the school’s power structure of the former assistant coach’s known transgressions, despite the gnawing duplicity of Saint JoePa, shutting down the football program in State College, Pa. doesn’t seem the appropriate thing to do.

Take away schollys. Take ‘em off TV. Don’t let them share in Big Ten’s TV revenue.

But let ‘em play. One guy’s opinion.

Actually, at least two. Bozich and I agree.

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One more thing. I understand the emotions and love for the patriarch that has the Paterno family scrambling to debunk all the negative facts coming out about JoePa.

But, really, folks, it’s time to fade away and shut up.

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My bad. In a previous post, I mentioned there are now three major fan sites dedicated and devoted to U of L sports. Actually there are four.

I’m not sure how I could have forgotten Louisville Sports Report. Sorry, guys.

So now there’s Rivals and Scout and Fox and 24/7 and Card Chronicle battling it out for your attention and bucks.

Which is not to mention yours truly’s musings.

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Probably not a whole lot of bicycle road racing fans reading this.

But those of you who are know that what I’m about to say is true. Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen are the best announcers currently working in any sport. (I guess I should say in the English language, since those are the only ones I know.)

They know the sport. They are fans of the sport, but they don’t let it get in the way of serious, listenable reporting. Their observations are keen and appropriate. Their interaction is seamless. They are engaging and entertaining and illuminating without losing the focus of their purpose. They speak real sentences, literate sentences.

You spend one morning watching the Tour and listening to these guys at NBC Sports and you will have an understanding of strategies, good and bad, and the whole majesty of this incredible sporting competition. Hopefully it will be on one of the remaining mountain stages, which are way more fascinating than the others.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is an off day.

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Elvis Dumervil, what the fuck were you thinking?

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And, yes, in case you were wondering, Dwight Howard is the new Brett Favre.

– Seedy K




  1. Wildcat
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    The institution enabled the horrific..the institution and its authority figures behaved in a manner that despicable does not begin to describe. Yes, the Gang of Four minus the dead guy need to be prosecuted. But the Board of Trustees, the Governor and many others had to have heard the rumors if not the facts and chose to ignore. No, the institution needs to be punished. And the Death Penalty is needed to help cleanse the evil. And while you are at it, tear down that repugnant statue.

  2. J J
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Just a little FYI, Card Chronicle is free. And probably the best of them all because of Mr. Rutherfords approach and humor. I’ve was a paying member of one of the other sites for a long time but recently canceled my subscription due to the fact that one really doesn’t gain a whole lot of info, insight, scoop,etc due to todays social media and such. Bottom line it’s going to be out there fairly quickly in todays world.

  3. cbcard
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Me three. The death penalty would make martyrs out of PSU. I was going to make a 72 virgin reference but that could be going a little too far.

    Instead ban PSU from bowls, take them off TV, and kick them where it really hurts, the wallet. Don’t let the Death Penalty be a rallying cry. Just make them whimper in shame.

  4. fred
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Then what DOES deserve the death penalty? What does an institution have to do to have the plug pulled? Are recruiting violations worse than this? Envelopes full of money to recruits is worse than raping children? Paying players? Contact outside the quiet periods? Really. If Penn State escapes the death penalty, then the concept should be retired. If not now, when?

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