Boom Goes the Dynamite on Penn State Football
Today, the NCAA did more than just drop the hammer on Penn State football. It all but blew up Beaver Stadium. And I am not here to regurgiatate all of the penalties the school is now forced to deal with. You've probably been reading about it all day, and if for some reason you haven't, that is what Google is for.
I have seen nothing but argument after argument over whether or not the NCAA did the right thing. But honestly, this was a no-win situation from the get-go. If the NCAA did absolutely NOTHING because this whole debacle was out of its jurisdiction, we would have been pissed that they didn't care enough. Today, the NCAA took a machete to the proverbial junk of JoePa's legacy and set the football program back at least a decade - and people are saying that the organization overstepped its bounds (probably the same people who would have been pissed off had they done nothing).
Joe Paterno's family continues to release delusional statement after delusional statement. They just don't get it. In order to protect the legacy that is now destroyed, he let a child rapist roam around free. I'm most upset about the fact that he died before his statue came down and his all-time wins record went over to Bobby Bowden so he couldn't see for himself his precious legacy fall apart - the precious legacy that he traded the lives of countless children for.
So whether or not the NCAA did the right thing in your mind, in my mind, it did. JoePa's legacy is dead. His winning records are gone. He has been exposed for the evil man that he was. Is he as evil as Sandusky? Even if he didn't rape those children, he allowed it to happen. In my mind, that is just as evil.
I don't care if this was self-serving of the NCAA and Mark Emmeret subscribes to the magazine Convenient Punishments for You Monthly. No matter what he did or did not do, we would argue that it was wrong, and it would never right the wrong that a small group of men allowed to happen.
I have seen unprescented levels of delusion about this on Twitter - and the people still defending JoePa scare the shit out of me. Let's boil it down to this: nothing anyone did or will ever do will erase the horror of what Jerry Sandusky did. But, if the NCAA did in fact dig deep into a gray area to dish out a punishment that ruins Paterno and sends a very clear message, I'm okay with it. Whatever the motives.