- 09/01/2012, 10:32PM ET
Frank Pentangeli said 09/01, 10:32 PM
Penn State lost. I am very frustrated by all the coverage of Penn State.
Guess what. Those players, Those coaches (some returned), and those fans are all just as guilty as Joe.
Its not like it wasnt the 500lb elephant in the corner and 1 person knew. Everyone who played on that team in 2010 knew what that old man and those boys were doing on the sidelines. Things dont stay quiet. If 1 person knows then 2 people know. If 2 people know then 4 people know, etc....
They should not be on television. They should not be supported by Disney.
Cheering for that team could not possibly more disrespectful to the victims and human decency.
williewilliejuan said 09/01, 10:55 PM
Good lord, Frank. It's time for you to take a deep breath and move on. All of this burning hate inside you can't be good for your health.
The things Jerry Sandusky did were monstrous. The cover-up orchestrated by Paterno, Spanier, Curley and Schultz was cowardly, short-sighted and reprehensible. However, that doesn't make every person ever connected with the program tainted by association. The players who took the field today, many of them just kids themselves, had absolutely nothing to do with Jerry Sandusky or his actions.
Penn State symbolizes all that is good and all that is bad about sports. They represented a culture where even the most shocking and deplorable acts were swept under the rug simply because those involved were part of the sports establishment. But sports (and Penn State football specifically) also gives the innocent parties connected to Penn State something to rally around after all of negative publicity their school has received over the past several months. The average student, athlete or alumni had nothing to do with Sandusky whatsoever. Getting back to normal helps them move on as well.
Yes, Penn State lost today. God had nothing to do with it.
Frank Pentangeli said 09/01, 11:18 PM
How many people who are affiliated with the program today would you say knew? Players who were friends with the man who witnessed it? The 4 coaches returned? People who were at the university in the past 20 years? The equipment manager? What is your guess?
williewilliejuan said 09/02, 12:23 AM
I don't know how many people knew, although it's probably fewer than you think. I'll tell you who didn't know: nearly all of the tens of thousands of Penn State students (nearly 45,000 at the University Park location alone); the hundreds of thousands of Penn State alumni who likely never even stood in the same room as Sandusky or Paterno; and the millions of Penn State fans across the country.
People in power at Penn State made horrible decisions. They are paying for those decisions legally, morally and financially. The school has been hit with unprecedented sanctions (which, by the way is why they lost today - not divine intervention). Watching the football program go through what they will face for the next several years to come is an object lesson to every coach and administrator who would seek to cover up bad news in the future.
Trying to punish millions for the actions of a few is overreaching. Your scorched earth policy may make you feel better, but it does little to help the victims or the community at large. Penn State is trying to move on from this incident thoughtfully and compassionately; you should probably try to do the same.
Frank Pentangeli said 09/02, 12:31 AM
Quietly? Ive heard more and seen more interviews about Penn State than Farves 12th retirement.
williewilliejuan said 09/02, 01:12 AM
Well... I never said "quietly", so I don't know where you got that. In fact, as I read through your three arguments I have no idea what you are actually trying to argue. So, I'll respond in the only way I know how, with thanks and apologies to Adam Sandler.
"Mr. Pentangeli, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
Thank you and good night.
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