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Most teams look forward to the annual break B1G teams enjoy every season but for Penn State fans the last two year's bye weeks have been filled with Jerry Sandusky news. But first here's a nice picture of our beloved coach. Calm now? Ok, let's get this out of the way.
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Of course the big news was the sentencing of Sandusky to what amounts to life in prison. Reactions will run the gambit from anger for not giving him eleventy billion years to relief it's at a finality (until the appeals, of course). Want proof, here's philly.com's Phil Sheridan with his moronic snippet (HT: BSD reader MainLion).
Sandusky comes across as a pathetic, delusional creep. He looks and sounds exactly like what you'd expect a serial pedophile to look and sound like.
This guy had everyone at Penn State fooled for years and years and years? When he was brazenly parading these kids around the shower rooms, practice fields and road hotels?
It just doesn't compute.
This is the very, very dangerous kind of thinking that allows monsters like Sandusky to thrive. The "it's a Penn State thing, it would never happen here" approach is ignorance at the very core. If Mr. Sheridan thinks Jerry Sandusky wasn't able to fool an entire community then it's hard to tell what's going on right under his own nose. Sandusky may come off creepy now that he's been caught but don't think for a moment that he didn't fool school officials, police, the DA, two different psychologists, and just about every one else. If there's one lesson we must all learn from the Jerry Sandusky case, it's that pedophiles can be charming, engaging, pleasant, and even heroic men. They aren't unclean and unshaven driving around in windowless vans.
Of course on the other side of the spectrum we have David Whitley of AOL Fanhouse
Not over your indignation over Sandusky and all the guilty parties. It’s just time to separate what was from what is.
Penn State players could have quit long before they were down 11 points in the fourth quarter to Northwestern. Only nine players transferred after the NCAA sanctions came down. You can’t blame them, but you have to admire all those who kept their commitments. They basically signed on to redeeming Pariah State. Yet O'Brien has stood firm in the face of adversity, believing in his players, believing in his vision for the program. He's doing what nobody thought could be done. Bill O'Brien has made the product on the field the focus.
Lastly, Mark Scolforo of the associated press gives us a preview of what Sandusky will face in prison.
Enough of that, on to happier thoughts.
Coach of the year buzz, and why not?
I cringe when I see a Bleacher Report but this one is actually not bad.
Yet O'Brien has stood firm in the face of adversity, believing in his players, believing in his vision for the program. He's doing what nobody thought could be done. Bill O'Brien has made the product on the field the focus.
For his take, BO'B says what we have come to expect from BO'B.
"There’s a lot of great coaches in this country. I’ve only coached six games in my whole career. "That’s the farthest thing from my mind."
You need more feel good stuff, how 'bout some love from Adam Breneman's blog'?
Adam [Taliafero] is such an inspiration to me and really a remarkable guy. He helps me to put my knee injury in perspective and realize how much you can gain from adversity. Coach Chambers is doing a great job with the basketball program. Penn State made great hires with Coach (Bill) O’Brien and Coach Chambers.
...and on the Northwestern game he attended last weekend...
The crowd was nuts and it gave me chills thinking about playing in front of those fans next year.
The feeling is mutual Adam.
Jeff Byers always writes great articles about Penn State wrestling and this is no exception.
Penn State may be ready to unleash a team that can rank with the best of all time. Sure, it’s a little early to be making any proclamations but it’s also foolish to not acknowledge the potential that is there. This is a team that, if healthy, will feature seven legitimate national title contenders. More than that, this team could be one of the most entertaining to ever take to the collegiate mats.
Of course one of those "entertaining" things he's talking about is the wrestling tornado that's about to occur at 165 lbs. this season between Penn State's David Taylor and Cornell’s Kyle Dake. Taylor has lost one collegiate match and Dake has won three national championships at three different weights. This season he moves up to his fourth different weight and when these two Titans collide, all Hell will break lose.
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