So the sanctions have come down and now Penn State and its students, alumni, and fans must pay the penance for the actions of a terrible monster and the in-actions of a few brutally stupid men. Cool. I'm not going to get into all the bullshit of what was deserved and what wasn't or how the NCAA handled things or the hypocrisy of the whole situation, blah blah blah.
The only way to not become incredibly bitter and jaded (if you weren't already sufficiently there at this point) with everything and everyone is to move forward. Accept that what has happened, has happened, and go forward with how to fix this all. And that's what I'm here to talk about today.
It seems to me, that the task of pulling Penn State out of the mire and returning it to its former glory will fall mostly on us (mostly because the administration seems to be content with doing nothing). So how do we proceed. I've seen some people just throw up their arms and say "Fuck it all!" and give up on the ideal. I see others that get angry and plan to withhold support from an administration that wont support its own. I've seen those who plan to donate more in the hopes that we rise again like a phoenix from the ashes, as success is the best revenge (or whatever those 19 year old girls facebook profiles say). So where do all of you stand?
Do we attend every game like nothing has changed and cheer for the outstanding young men who put on the blue and white? Do you protest, hoping to hurt the pocketbooks of the spineless simps who did nothing? Do we play the bad guys; embrace the role of the heel and give a big "F you" to everyone who shouted us down? Or do we build ourselves up better than before, and take events like THON and Lift for Life and our still stellar student athlete graduation rates and rub them in everyone's faces until they hate us for our holier-than-thou demeanor even more? What say you, fair people?
Me personally, I am at a mix between all of these states. I am proud of who I am and where I come from. I am proud of the school, and the culture, that has lead me to be the person I am at this point. I may not be proud of the actions of a few individuals, or the administration that runs my school, but Penn State is far more than a few misguided men or some suits trying to cover their own collective asses and bow down to an angry mob. It's more than a statue outside of a stadium, or some football records, or a score of some game. Its a collection of men and women who came to a place of higher learning, to expand their minds, to learn and grow, and to work together to make not only themselves, but the world around them, better. I am proud of that, and frankly, if you think I should be ashamed, you can fuck right off.
I had originally started this fanpost as a way to vent and make some sarcastic and glib comments, but after stewing over it last night, I've decided to change that approach and go for something more constructive (I'll probably still throw in a funny gif if I can though, so don't get too excited/worried). I think it comes down to us, the Penn State community, to rehab the image we have to the public. Not to necessarily prove to them that we arent what they think we are, but to prove to ourselves that we can be better than we ever thought we could be.
So, I call on you, my Penn State brethren. Its in our most trying hour that we need to work together to make sure Penn State comes out better than before. I'd love to do something big; start a foundation, a campaign, a positive force in an othewise negative world, but to be completely honest, I have no idea what I'm doing. I don't think I've ever tried to attempt anything this significant. But deep down I feel like something needs to be done. Hopefully we can all join together, cover each others backs, and go through this together.
So if anyone has thoughts or ideas they want to throw out there, some grand plans they might want to achieve, any and all suggestions are welcome. Share feelings, experiences, anything. Maybe we make this some big thing, maybe we don't. Whatever. I just feel like something needs to be done. I'm betting a lot of other people feel the same way.
My apologies if this got a little over-dramatic or corny at any point. I get carried away sometimes.