It’s all about Football.

I often wonder what people are thinking when they do some of the things they do. If I really thought about it long enough, I am fairly certain the answer would be: they weren’t.Too many times, people are driven to commit acts where their only thought is to fulfill some basic urge. People do drugs to achieve that high. They steal to get money to get the drugs so they can achieve that high. Round and round the cycle goes with no thought to what is happening around them, their desperately trying to reach that ever elusive high. There is something powerful about the addiction caused by the drugs that causes this cycle to repeat itself. As bad as it is, and it is horribly destructive to the family, friends, co-workers and the individual, I can almost understand why it happens and continues to happen. But, what I am having a hard time getting over or looking past, is the actions of certain people all in the name of College Football.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM!

If you have not heard about the disgusting events that have been uncovered at Penn State University, you have either been living in a remote cave on a deserted island somewhere or you have no access to any form of communications and no access to any printed material. In other words, you have to be completely ‘OUT OF THE LOOP’ to have not heard something about this story. This story just gets worse the longer we listen.  The number of people who knew about the allegations continues to grow and definite cover up begins to come to light. It sure ‘sounds’ like some people were far more concerned with the image of Penn State University and the reputation of the Nittany Lions Football, program than they were in protecting innocent children.

Jerry Sandusky is accused of raping and molesting young boys on the College campus. I say accused because these are still ‘allegations’ at this point. However, he has been arrested and charges with these crimes after a 3 year investigation by the police. The charges cover the period from 1994 to 2009. The allegations range from sexual advances to touching to oral and anal sex. The young men testified before a state grand jury that they were in their early teens when some of the abuse occurred; there is evidence even younger children may have been victimized. In all, he is charged with 40 criminal counts. Sandusky’s attorney said his client has known about the accusations for about three years and maintains his innocence.

I know it will never happen, because it’s all about Football in State College, PA., but the strongest message the University could send would be to cancel the remainder of the football season. Will it happen? I highly doubt it. But, what stronger statement could they send to the ‘alleged’ victims that the school cares about what happened than to show an empty football stadium? Too much ‘cover-up’ has already happened in this story. We all know that where there is smoke, there is usually a fire burning. This case is likely to be no different. 40 allegations! 40….

A graduate assistant witnesses a boy being raped and doesn’t step in to help the boy. Really? A head football coach tells his superiors and then doesn’t say a word about it to anyone else for 10-12 years when the superiors fail to act. Are you kidding me? The ‘alleged’ perpetrator is allowed to remain on campus, with  access to weight rooms and more children. Hello? An athletic director and a VP accused of lying to a grand jury. What!?!

Are you getting a sense that someone was more concerned with how it might make them look or how it make sully the reputation of the University and it’s storied football program than they were about protecting these young boys? Can you say COVER-UP? Sweep it under the rug and hope it never see’s the light of day.

The victims are just that, victims. No one has offered to help them, protect them, or work with them from the University. What a shame. It should be about these innocent children.

ITS NOT ABOUT A FOOTBALL PROGRAM OR A UNIVERSITY. Some things are bigger than any of that. I pray these children find the help they need and the ‘alleged’ perpetrators find the deepest reaches of the penitentiary where they can no longer be a menace to our society.

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About Markus
Self confessed MisFit trying to get through life. Christ Follower,Father,Papaw,Musician. A realist who is enjoying becoming lost in the right direction

3 Responses to It’s all about Football.

  1. Chris Ross says:

    Nice article. This is just an absolutely crazy scandal and it’s unbelievable that it could happen to such a, I guess now previously, beloved figure like Joe Paterno. It’s so sad that they would allow kids to be victimized like this at the expense of their football program and reputation. This is a tragedy, like Joe Paterno said, except I don’t think he really believes that. You sometimes almost wonder what this world is coming to when we care more about some game then allowing young boys to be raped and victimized. Brutal. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/what-else-should-we-expect/

    • Mark Spencer says:

      I agree that this mess changes the entire image of Joe Pa and Penn State. For a coach that has ‘preached’ honesty and integrity for 46 years, it makes you pause and wonder; was it sincere or was it just ‘hot air’?

      Regardless, it is sad that so many children had to suffer through this despicable series of events.

      BTW, yes, I will check out your blog. And, thanks for reading and commenting on mine.

  2. well, i actually just heard about this today! i had a few days off and i will cut myself off from the online world lol. i don’t know about canceling the football season, but anyone who was involved in this cover up needs to be removed NOW. it is sick that this could happen, especially that the coach had a “pep-rally” on his front lawn last night. just sad. prayers for those involved and that closure and justice will prevail.

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