Wednesday, 25 July 2012
I would like to write some thoughts on what it feels like being a Penn State fan. I am sure everyone here has had a massive amount of pride in something at one point or another, that’s exactly the pride that I have for Penn State University and their football program. I was raised near Happy Valley and watched the football game either on television or at Beaver Stadium every weekend. Cheering for the Nittany Lions is like being part of one huge family.
As a Penn State fan all that I have done is continued to support my University and their programs. Why should this be wrong ? What’s really wrong is being scrutinized as an individual for not jumping ship on your team. I am really getting offended with the idea that I am either a Nittany Lion fan or I have no respect for the victims.
Any talk of moving on or healing = forgetting the victims
Even though the rest of the country and media can move on and discuss whats happening with the NCAA and the football program, we may not. Discussing football = forgetting the victims.
The players that had wins stripped away from that may not voice their own opinions because that somehow = forgetting the victims.
Every move,voice, or opinion made as a fan is turned into this :
Meanwhile people can roam youtube and sports articles leaving the ugliest comments about people that were not even involved in the scandal and that’s completely fine. Apparently calling everyone in Happy Valley a Pedophile = caring for victims.
As disappointed as I am in the way things were handled at Penn State I still continue to love Penn State football, Beaver Stadium, and Joe Paterno. I agree with some of the repercussions handed out to Penn State , but not all of them. I personally am heart broken about the Paterno statue but rarely put up a fight about it as I understand the reasons why.
One of the things that completely baffles me is the decision made to no longer count the games that were won by the players after 1998. I think it is wrong to take away personal achievements regardless of the situation. I am not just saying this as a fan for my team, I believe this true in any subject where competition exists. Listen.....you can not deny the fact that someone was better than you at something because of their morals.
for example : you seriously cannot say that Eddy didn’t beat your bowling score because Eddy killed a few people. Eddy may be a serial killer but he is also one hell of a bowler.
I bet this really makes the coach that Joe Paterno beat out as the most winningest coach feel really good about getting the title back, I am sure he wanted it this way. Now from here on out he can hear “ the most winningest coach is (insert name) followed by mumbles of Joe Paterno and a scandal.
Regardless of anyone else’s thoughts, these are mine. We are still Penn State