NFL Week 10 Thursday Night Pick and Analysis – FootballThursday, November 10, 2011 12:57
Thursday night game pick for Week 10 of the 2011 NFL football season and the Penn State scandal.
We are only left with questions we are too frightened to answer in the wake of the child rape scandal at Penn State and the sad, unbelievable end to Joe Paterno’s reign as head football coach at Happy Valley.
“Happy Valley” will be the documentary title. It will be revealed Joe Paterno ran the university–not just the football program–with an iron hand like Stalin or Pol Pot.
How else do you explain the strange behavior of Mike McQueary?
Stupid me–and this is where the fear comes in–I actually thought McQueary witnessed Jerry Sandusky in the shower with a 10-year-old boy “just horsing around.” I can’t imagine what that phrase means in the context of an adult, a shower, and a small child; too scary. I guess because Sandusky’s act is so unthinkable, I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. You know, it could have been innocent…
Turns out Sandusky was seen brutally raping the kid.
McQueary told Paterno. Paterno told a couple higher-ups.
Nobody called the police? Nobody tried to rescue the child? What was going through McQueary’s mind? Fear of losing his job? Was he in shock?
Makes you wonder what McQueary’s eyes have to see for him to call the cops.
The saddest part–besides the untold lives Sandusky has ruined–will be the “image rebuilding” the American public will allow Paterno to undergo. A year from now he’ll be on 60 Minutes across from the pathetic journalistic glare of Scott Pelley tearing up over the “victims–or whatever you name them,” how trusted colleagues let him down; how he wasn’t aware one of his best friends was a sick predator of children.
Another great American victim.
Joe Paterno, like Mike Vick, will successfully rehab his image, write a book, appear on The Daily Show, and be voted into countless Halls of Fame.
Supporters, mostly young stupid Penn State students, will chant, “We are Penn State…We are Penn State…” It’s enough to make you puke.
My questions go beyond abdication of decency, humanity, and responsibility. Paterno and his minions will have to live with their utter failure as human beings. Too bad their pain can never compare to the victims who were savagely raped.
Where is the big bad NCAA in this mess? They condemn students who receive money because of their athleticism. They force universities to forfeit games because players were “ineligible.” They ruin coaching careers due to “lack of institutional control.”
Yet there will be a football game played at Beaver Stadium this weekend. Students chanting, “We are Penn State,” in faces painted blue and white will fanatically root for their team.
Meanwhile, one of Sandusky’s kids, alone in his room, might put a needle in his arm.
Penn State’s remaining 2011 games should be forfeited. Any revenue the program receives from the Big Ten or from sale and/or projected sale of tickets should be disbursed to a Victim’s Fund. Any victories during Sandusky’s tenure as a Penn State coach should be vacated–that, alone, might literally kill Paterno–and the Nittany Lions given the harshest “death penalty” in NCAA history.
In all this chaos of pain, perversion, and disgust engulfing Happy Valley, decent, responsible, caring people can be grateful for one small thing.
We aren’t Penn State.
Thursday NFL Pick
Da Raidas travel to SoCal and face the reeling Chargers and Philip Rivers.
Oakland’s newest QB, Carson Palmer, fits the mold of what Al Davis believed his quarterback should be.
I’m taking Oakland and the points.
I’ll pick the remaining NFL slate in my weekend post.
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