When "it" came out, I remained objective because, well, thats just how I like to be. I also had the first hand experience of seeing my team and beloved coach dragged through the mud long before any facts had actually been established. I know the feeling of wanting to punch one's self in the dick repeatedly as ass-clowns on talk radio repeat ad nauseam things that were not true or only half true.
But it was so much worse for Penn State. The entire university was being constantly attacked. I'm not sure how long it was until the narrative became "football culture", but that's when I'd had enough.
I went to Penn State last year for the Alabama game. I went for the game, but also to check out the b-school. The people I met - even at bars and tailgates - were much more interested in selling me on Penn State's b-school and overall academics than they were in talking football. I came in with the perception that Penn State was a football school. I left knowing that it was quite the opposite: it was an academic school that just happened to have a big stadium and a decent team.
For the most part, I feel Penn Staters love the football team because they love the University and not the other way around.
If there's one thing I hate about the sports world, politics, or society in general, it's the lack of objectivity and rational thought of most people. Nothing exposed society's collective irrationality, hypocrisy, and general lack of critical thought like "it" did in a very long time. The values we espouse as Americans - reason, due process, rule of law - were lost. Things we afford criminals were not given to the innocent. The Mob's thirst for blood was quenched. But that was only Round 1. With every game Penn State wins, with every pitched tent in front of the stadium, with every sell out, the Mob becomes confused. Why does Penn State still win? Why do these people still care about a football team that can't win any sort of championship? Keep winning and keep selling out the stadium, and in time the Mob will come to realize that it's because it was never about football. They tried to kill a problem where there was no problem. Because Penn State is more than mythical championships or trips to Pasadena. Every player that stayed and every victory is proof positive that the primary motivation behind all the blood and sweat has never been about trophies and gridiron glory. It's about being part of the Pennsylvania State University.
So keep winning Lions. I'll keep cheering. Except this week. You all can go to hell you cultist/pedophile enablers. Go Bucks!