Archive for July 25th, 2012

Penn State and Sportsworld

July 25, 2012

The Star ran pictures of shock as students listened to the hard judgement of the NCAA over the Joe Paterno affair.$60 million dollar fine and kicked out of competition for four years, a cut in number of scholarships they could offer

Jerry Sandusky was a former member of Paterno’s coaching staff,who sexually abuses  was found guilty in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years sometimes on campus. The revelations were either concealed  or bypassed by officials.

Joe Paterno was a legendary coach who only retired in his mid 80s. But Joe Paterno was caught in Sportsworld, that parallel universe which exists in the USA.

To many Joe was a decent guy who demanded much from his athletes, but nobody remembers Joe challenging any of social ills of our age. Joe  had a sweet deal. He produced winning teams, made a huge salary—over $1 million a year with everything in. A football coach at a university. That salary plus the adulation put Joe to sleep as a moral agent. And he was one of the “good ones.”

That is Sportsworld where coaches make more than presidents of academic institutions, where alumni pony up millions to help recruit teen age gladiators and tell Joe Paterno how great he was.

And now Joe’s statue has been removed from the campus. Sic transit gloria mundi.

That is part of the sickness of America. People are supposed to care if Penn beats Ohio State.They may or may not vote but boy do they support  their football teams.

In OHIO there are over 50 universities. Can you imagine the education you get in these places And the role that sport plays?

And it filters down to high schools where thousands flock on Friday night to see the inherent cruelty of teen agers maiming others.

Sportsworld—part of the reason Americans are not in the streets  demanding the heads of the banksters.Trvial pursuits.

Sportsworld—the bible would call it idolatry.

Don’t expect Penn State to be a wake up call. The sickness is too deep