Wah, Wah , Wah …… ! I Am Not Bitching , I Am Just Telling You Like It Is ……
By tophatal ………
Now that sanity has begun to set in due to the inane stupidity being shown not just the alumni of Penn State but also indirectly those specifically whose job it was to protect these victims at the heart of an unconscionable crimes perpetrated by Jerry Sandusky . I would like to think that the school can move ahead with some degree of certainty but when I thought that was about to happen it would appear that with firing of Joe Paterno , the resignation of Tim Curley and the administrative leave supposedly taken by Gary Schultz we now have the board of trustees of the of the university have decided that they will conduct their own in-house investigation. In reality given the cover up that took place with former university president Gary Spanier in conjunction with the campus police and Curley simply covering up the acts of Sandusky .
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It’s simply even more reprehensible that Jerry Sandusky used his position as a board member of the charitable foundation he started The Second Mile Group to procure his young victims for his perverted sexual acts ! Now when such former Penn State greats such as Franco Harris and Matt Millen come out in support of the now beleaguered Paterno , to my mind it smacks of incredulity and a lack of understanding as to the serious ramifications and the allegations against the university itself ! Millen as a board member of Sandusky’s foundation has yet to step down from his seat on the charitable organization but yet he is simply looking to deflect much of the controversy away from the foundation while at the same time trying to be respectful to the victims. If he had any decency he would simply announce that he is indeed resigning his position from the board. .
Meanwhile interim head coach Tom Bradley has been advised that he will not be retaining the position long term as the successor to Joe Paterno . Also Mike McQueary has informed the players that he will not be with them on when they face the Nebrask (Cornshuskers) this past Saturday at Beaver Stadium . Newly installed Penn State president Rodney Erickson made the decision that it would not be appropriate for Mike McQueary to be on the sidelines for the football team . Fred Frazier a lawyer and spokesman on behalf of the university formally announced the intent to have an in depth inquiry as to the events that have taken place and what actions if any must be taken so that such an incident or incidents are not repeated again.
It would appear that McQueary knows that his tenure may well be up with administration but for now only time will tell. Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett who also is a board of trustee member , can see that in order that if the school is to come out of this with some modicum of its image in tact , then any type of investigation has to show a great deal of transparency . Given the behavior shown by the school throughout this entire episode it would be in the school’s best interest if they actually bring in outside legal counsel to conduct the investigation . There is mounting evidence to suggest also that the State Attorney General’s Office headed by Linda Kelly working in conjunction with the state police under commissioner Frank Noonan may well obtain additional indictments against Sandusky . Scott Paterno the son of Joe Paterno has made the statement that his father sought legal counsel and has hired a criminal attorney. For now, let us hope that the transparency sought will be clear for all to see rather than the idiocy we have all witnessed .
The one thing that we do know that will happen concerning the football program as well as other athletic endeavors at the university is that it will have a profound and lasting effect as potential recruits shy away from their current or future commitment to the school. And from a purely academic standpoint it may well be the same for the none student athlete also . Thereby deepening the loss of revenue for Penn State . And one should also take into account the various corporate sponsors whose brand are tied in with the athletics program . Get the feeling that right about now they are not thinking cutting their ties with the school ? When there is said millions of dollars at stake you will either get to see the best or the very worst in people . So far we have seen the reprehensible and the nowhere near the best in what we ought to expect from an educational establishment those entrusted to be the custodians of the most vulnerable amongst us .
Well as far as I am concerned the off season of ( MLB) baseball involves a great deal of posturing by the agents , teams , general mangers and free agents as they seek the best terms available to them . With a number of players already on the move it should come as no surprise that the salaries being bandied about will exorbitant to say the very least. Johnathan Papelbon the former Boston Red Sox closer an unrestricted free agent signed a four year $50 milllion contract to succeed Brad Lidge as the Phillies’ closer for the 2012 season . Far be it for me to suggest that is not exactly money well spent but given the issues that the Philadelphia Phillies faced this past postseason I can only surmise that the team’s general manager Reuben Amaro feels that this was the best way to proceed for the organization as a whole .
As to the Boston Red Sox with the upheavals within the front office with the departure of Theo Epstein leaving to become the head of Baseball Operations with the Chicago Cubs , the former general manager was succeeded by Ben Cherington . His first priority will be to find a replacement for the now departed Terry Francona who was offered a contract extension in the aftermath of the team missing the postseason . The organization has interviewed a number of candidates for the vacant managerial position as well as interviewing several aspirees from within their own managerial staff . No decision as of yet has been made by Cherington and team president Larry Lucchino but I expect that the Boston Red Sox’s search will be very exhausting and thorough . For a team that was said to have underachieved a manager who is experienced , determined and prepared to light a fire under the ass of the players may well be what is needed for this organization.
Two of the most highly prized free agents this off-season are prospective NL MVP candidates Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes . Both players are coming off highly productive seasons for their respective teams and it will be very interesting to witness which of the two will end up with the game’s biggest individual prize. Pujols and the St Louis Cardinals won their second World Series title in the last six years and the organization’s fifth series overall over the course of its history. For Jose Reyes and the New York Mets this was simply another disappointing season for a beleaguered organization and team . On and off the field problems were simply too much to bear for the New York Mets as the year simply unraveled in front of their now weary fans , who attended the home games at Citi Field in Flushing , New York . That monstrosity was built at the cost of $775 million but was sparsely attended as the season progressed for the Mets and thing simply got from bad to worse , something that seemed to emblematic of the idiocy and stupidity exhibited the team’s joint owners Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon .
The New York Mets are on course to lose in excess of $200 million this season and given the fact that the organization and its two most prominent owners Katz and Wilpon are the defendants in a civil suit seeking to recoup monies received via the Bernard Madoff ” Ponzi Scheme “ . The lawyer representing the plaintiffs Irving Picard of the law firm Baker Hostetler LLC has steadfastly suggested that Fred Willpon , Saul Katz and senior executives within the Mets’ organization as well as senior executives of the duo’s investment company Sterling Equities Inc knew that the funds received over the course of almost a decade and a half were from a larcenous act. The case is currently being adjudicated in US Federal Court has yet to reach a verdict and baseball’s hierarchy we are informed is said to be closely monitoring those proceedings .
Well , if the league’s handling of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ” mea-culpa” is anything to go by we might just be in for an off season of some really epic and comedic proportions. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig simply lowered his head , buried it in the sand as Frank McCourt , his now ex wife Jamie McCourt simply plundered and raided the coffers of the organization , which is now in bankruptcy proceedings —- ___ with the now beleaguered owner , McCourt , reluctantly agreeing to sell the team. As to what the future now holds with the Los Angeles Dodgers now up for auction to the highest bidder it will be interesting to see which potential suitors are prepared to throw their hats into the ring . I can only hope that the company handling the auction on behalf the court in conjunction with the league hierarchy will use due diligence as they seek a potential new owner for the team . The experience of The Blackstone Group would suggest that they are capable of doing this in providing the league with a credible new owner , which is clearly something that wasn’t the case when Selig , the hierarchy and team owners first approved the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Frank McCourt.
With the Florida Marlins set to move into their new home (site of the Orange Bowl in downtown Miami) and be renamed the Miami Marlins you simply knew that the organization would want to make a really big splash. Having agreed in principle to hire Ozzie Guillen to succeed Frank McKeown the ownership group led by Jeffrey Loria have met privately with both Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes with a view to signing one , if not both players . Given the financial constraints placed on this team over the years I find it somewhat farcical Loria is now willing to dig deep into his pockets to acquire either player ! Both Pujols and Jose Reyes are likely to command a hefty premium in terms of the salaries sought .
Dan Lozano the agent for Albert Pujols is not likely to offer a hometown discount to the St Louis Cardinals and that clearly will not be the case with the Florida Marlins . Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak and the team’s front office will continue to deliberate inhouse and negotiate with the now unrestricted free agent as they seek to find some common ground . It is obvious that Pujols feels that he ought to be rewarded commensurate with his talent but also in comparison to the top salaried players in the game . And it will d no doubt be the same for Jose Reyes who with his agent Scott Boras casting his eye over the whole landscape as many of his clients seek new contracts . To my mind it has been Boras and the inane idiocy of the general managers , the MLBPA (union) in conjunction with the league hierarchy that has brought the game to this financial morass . Scott Boras has been the omnipresent factor over the last decade and a half as he and his fellow sports agents within the game have simply driven up the asking price for players looking to extend their contracts or be signed as a free agent . Simply look at the Boras’ most recent high profiled clients such as Mark Teixeira , C C Sabathia , Barry Zito and most recently Stephen Strasburg and the contracts signed by those individuals ? It is clear that this off season the agent is about to make great deal of money by way of his commission , as the players he is entrusted to represent will be signing lucrative contracts .
Publicity gimmick , merely to entice the Latin community within South Florida as the Marlins seek to sign two high profiled players ? I will let you be the judge of that ! Personally , given the connivance of Jeffrey Loria as he has finagled , spoon fed and bamboozled the city of Miami , the Miami Dade County government and the state of Florida , has me wondering who in essence will actually end up paying for the owner’s machinations ! Since his tenure as the principal partner of the ownership group , we have seen the payroll of the team pared down repeatedly each season , while he has pled poverty . And at the same time the Marlins as an organization has been one of the biggest recipients of the league hierarchy’s idiotic and odious tax sharing revenue scheme or more appropriately scam !
The Florida Marlins as an organization may well be back on the way to seeking a modicum of respectability but given the fact that Jeffrey Loria’s actions have always been viewed of a a surreptitious nature. Granted, he has sought to bring in Ozzie Guillen as Jack McKeon’s successor , is a doubt in anyone’s mind that should things start to go South” between the animated manager and the ownership ____ we are likely to see the volatile relationship that he had with his former managerial team the Chicago White Sox and in particular with GM Kenny Wiliams .
I will continue to contend that the league’s tax sharing revenue scheme has done little to level the playing field concerning the game ! Not when many of the owners within the baseball would rather redirect those fundse elsewhere rather than bolstering their rosters . Bob Nutting , Lewis Wolff , David Glass , Jeffrey Loria and Drayton McClane . At some point the league hierarchy , team owners and the and union will begin to realize the template that for the league’s business plan just isn’t working.
So Thursday night’s 24-17 loss by the San Diego Chargers (4-4) to the Oakland Raiders (5-4) may well have been the team’s last ditched effort to turn their season around . At this point I have to believe that the Chargers’ front office led by GM AJ Smith who will have to assess Norv Turner and his entire coaching staff . Repeatedly over the past four seasons the coach and this team have come up short and this season fighting for their very existence it seems to be deja-vu all over again.
The struggles for the Chargers this season has come down to the fact that the defense has struggled and at the same time their Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers does seem to be having a down year even by his own lofty standards . And as Rivers struggles then so does this team in all aspects of their game .
If doubts are coming into question concerning Philip Rivers then also those very same questions have to arise concerning the decisions made by Norv Turner concerning the team’s draft selections and their free agency acquisitions . The loss of such stalwarts as Darren Sproles , Shawne Merriman and LaDainian Tomlinson may not have seemed acute at the time but their departure has changed this team adversely.
Vincent Jackson , Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews are viewed as the only potent weapons beyond the team’s quarterback . It is hard to envisage how the San Chargers turn their season around given the morass they now find themselves in. The AFC West finds itself with the Oakland Raiders (5-4) leading the San Diego Chargers (4-4) , who are then followed by the Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) and the Denver Broncos (2-6) . Such has been the banality of the play within the division that you cannot deny the fact the AFC West has to be one of the worst in all of the NFL !
I may well be wrong in my assumption but it may be time for Dean Spanos as owner of the San Diego Chargers to begin to weigh his option concerning the team’s head coach . Either he pulls the trigger by jettisoning Norv Turner at the end of the year or he chooses to retain the the coach. Obviously the premise behind this has to be whether not the Chargers making the postseason , either way something has to be done if only for the future of the franchise.
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(1) In this photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky, center, is placed in a police car in Bellefonte, Pa., to be taken to the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight young men. Also, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and Penn State vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62, are expected to turn themselves in on Monday in Harrisburg, Pa., on charges of perjury and failure to report under Pennsylvanias child protective services law in connection with the investigation into the abuse allegations against Sandusky. AP Photo/Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General via Commonwealth Media Services ….
(2) In his Nov. 12, 2011 file photo, Penn State tight end Andrew Szczerba takes a knee after the team’s — 17-14 loss to Nebraska in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Penn State played for the first time in decades without former head coach Joe Paterno, after he was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. As Penn State leaves a harrowing week behind and takes tentative steps toward a new normal, students and alumni alike wonder what exactly that means. AP Photo/Matt Rourke …
(3) Penn State running back Brandon Beachum (3) is tackled by Nebraska’s Lance Thorell (23) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Nebraska won 17-14 . AP Photo/Gene J. Puska ….
(4) Rapper Pitbull performs at the Miami Marlins, formerly the Florida Marlins, unveiling of their new uniforms, name and logo in Miami, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. AP Photo/Alan Diaz ….
(5) Previously the Florida Marlins, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria holds up a Florida Marlins cap to toss away before introducing the Marlins new uniform, name and logo during an unveiling in Miami, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. AP Photo/Alan Diaz …
(6) FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2011 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols prepares for Game 4 of baseball’s World Series , against the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas. Pujols’ first free-agent tour is off to a surprising start: The three-time NL MVP is visiting the Florida Marlins, Friday Nov. 11, 2011. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez …..
(7) FILE – In this July 16, 2011, file photo, New York Mets’ Jose Reyes jokes with teammates in the dugout during the seventh inning of baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Reyes is being courted by the Florida Marlins, who treated the All-Star shortstop to a tour of their new ballpark and lunch on South Beach. Reyes was in Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, team president David Samson said on his weekly radio show on WAXY-AM. AP. Photo/Paul J. Bereswill ….
(8) San Diego Chargers linebacker Antwan Barnes (98) sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) and causes a fumble during the third quarter of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in San Diego. The Chargers recovered the fumble. The Raiders won 24-17 . AP Photo/Denis Poroy …
(9) SAN DIEGO, CA – NOVEMBER 10: Philip Rivers (17) of the San Diego Chargers leaves the field after throwing an interception to Matt Giordano (27) of the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Raiders won 24-17. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images …
(10) Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers reacts to a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders as he leaves the field at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images …..
(11) San Diego Chargers cornerback Quintin Jammer (23) walks past as Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) celebrates his third-quarter touchdown catch with teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh (84) in an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in San Diego. AP Photo/Gregory Bull ……
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