Dear Powers That Be,
I'm not sure who exactly you are, or what exactly you do within the athletic department, but I do know that many of you read this blog.
So, as the weeks go by, and the chances of Penn State winning the conference outright slim, I have a request:
Don't honor this team as a true Big 10 Champion if we were to share with Iowa.
I'm sure many will disagree, but the fact is that, should we share, we're not a true champion. Iowa came into our house on Whiteout night and made the plays they needed to to beat us. It cheapens their accomplishment to say that we won the conference, too, when they beat us head to head. I mean, I know how much it bugs me to hear Ohio State fans claim Big Ten Championships in 2005 and 2008, and I really hope we'd be above that level of ignorance.
More importantly, it cheapens the accomplishments of the undefeated and championship Penn State teams who've been honored with their championship years listed on the east side at Beaver Stadim. Those teams either went undefeated, won a national championship, or beat/had a better record than every team in their conference. None of those things can be said of this team unless Iowa loses two of the last four games.
I'm not saying we shouldn't celebrate this team should they share, but let's not get carried away. Let's not confuse goodness with greatness. Sure, we might "share" the conference title, but that doesn't mean an equal share.
So please, can we please refrain from being lame?