Well, ol’ Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma were charged today with a semi-inconsequential misdemeanor, possession of a small quantity of marijuana. So, all that folderol by the cops and we have what amounts to what a whole shitload of college students do, only they’re not high-profile athletes in a program that is currently under a microscope. This Turkey still thinks that Evans and Koroma need some significant punishment from Paterno, not because of the gravity of the offense, but because they’re so irresponsible to the team and themselves, and besides, they’re dumbasses.
I read apologists’ reports around the ‘net saying that boys will be boys, etc., etc., ad nauseam. Screw that! Again, we’re not talking about Joe Student here; we’re talking about—dare I say?—hired hands. Yeah, that’s right. The payoff might be in futures, not present dollars, but it’s there and these guys need to be subjected to closer scrutiny and held to higher standards than real students for that precise reason. I don’t buy the “boys will be boys” crapola. It’s like saying that if players want to break training by disregarding rules and coming in overweight, that should be acceptable, too. ?????? ?????? ??? Look, these guys are playing for an NFL farm team, and it isn’t even a dirty little secret that they’re not real students. They’re privileged to be playing for a springboard program that will give them the visibility they need to make those big bucks at “the next level.” So, they better give us what we expect or they won’t get that eventual reward, which it seems many of them think is their automatic birthright.
Of course, the NFL will handle its disciplinary issues its own way. These morons better get used to being scrutinized for their behavior now, because if and when they reach the NFL, they’ll be 1,000 times more visible, especially because they’ll buy some 4-carat diamond earrings and 25 pounds of bling to hang around their oversized necks. (Why do they need to have big necks and fancy helmets? They have no brains to support and protect. Must be to keep the bling hanger in good working condition.) The thing is, as I’ve mentioned before, crap like this knocks their position down in the draft and costs them money almost immediately at “the next level.” Yet they’re stupid enough to do it anyway.
We all saw what happened to Ed Johnson. The NFL took a chance on him. He had the notorious “character flag” on his scouting report and he was passed over in the draft. Indianapolis decided to take a chance on him as an unsigned free agent. They essentially put him on probation. In his second year, he got himself arrested and now he’s out of the NFL. Yeah, another dumbass. Talk about cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face!
Yeah, I understand. I’m already hearing ex-hippie potheads my age telling me that, “Like, man, smoking pot shouldn’t be a crime. Make love, not war. Fuck the draft.” All that 60s bullshit. Yeah, right. You know what? This ain’t Woodstock. It’s a business—a huge money business at that. I employ your ass, I make the rules. You don’t like my rules, you get the fuck out. If you want to stay, you play by my rules. I don’t give half a shit whether you think marijuana should be legalized. Screw your philosophical debates. These guys broke team rules and that has nothing to do with what should be legal and what shouldn’t be. If I hire your ass and I want to make a rule that says you wear red on Friday, then you better damn well wear red on Friday.
I’m just anticipating all the damn apologists. So sue my ass for rampant cynicism. ???? ??? ??????
Now, what would I recommend? I think that if these clowns are first-time offenders, which I believe them to be, they should be suspended for half the season—not just the cupcake part of the season. Make the rest of the team pay for their transgressions and send a very strong no tolerance message to those who would scoff at team rules in the future. They also should be told that the next offense will result in their expulsion from the program. Yeah, it’s harsh, but it doesn’t seem that people on this team have respect for the law and fear of the Lord. It might take them a while to realize that the effects of their stupid, ill-conceived actions will plague them long into the future, but somehow they need to start growing up. ???? ??????? Boys will be boys. Bullshit!
I don’t see Paterno keeping these guys out for the Illinois game and beyond. It will be interesting to see just how it goes.
I’m sick and tired of all this crap. I want Penn State to return to being a paragon of a program, the grand experiment, all that stuff. Alas, the program is as guilty as the players for succumbing to the pressure to have a football team that can play at the highest level. Coaches have to recruit brainless idiots who have no sense of proper decorum for an athlete representing a premier institution (ok, for a Land Grant school, anyway). So, the program is culpable from the President of the university on down. The fish stinks from the head.
If you don’t like the program being under a microscope where every little character flaw is exposed, tough shit. That’s the way it’s going to be, henceforth and forever. And stop the whining about Penn State getting more than its share of adverse publicity. That’s bullshit. It just always seems that way because you don’t read 114 newspapers every day about Colorado University—you read them about Penn State. Jeez! Quit your bitching and press for the punishments to keep coming down, and coming down heavy—just like the “No Fun League.” Fuck ’em—let’s clean this thing up!
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I get your point, but I think if you sit the guys out past the Temple game it will hurt us more in recruiting than on field performance this year. You can’t go overboard with punishment because you may even scare off good kids from coming to PSU because they are worried that if they make one little mistake, thats it for them. It’s a delicate balance, and I think being suspended for 3 games is fair, plus Joe will probably add an a non-football related punishment for them.
Look at that USC/OSU game this past weekend, a kid on USC was just arrested for assualt and still played…Joe will do the right thing.
The Nittany Turkey says
Good point, Chad.
I obviously have let these off-field issues get to me. My ire sometimes occludes the practical considerations. I agree that recruits need to feel as if they will be able to have a little fun on the one hand, while on the other, they need to know that there are lines that cannot be crossed without significant repercussions. It is indeed, as you say, a delicate balance.
You mention USC playing the kid with the assault arrest, which is the sort of thing I hope never happens at PSU. It is a strong statement that winning football games is more important than building character. Penn State has long been a program in which the reverse is true. When I see signs that it is sinking to the level of USC or FSU, it makes me angry.
I think we need a break from these ubiquitous off-field issues. In addition to disciplinary measures, peer leadership has to improve. I read that Scirrotto finally acted like a leader before the Beaver game. Although I couldn’t imagine why he was chosen as a co-captain in the first place, other than by virtue of his being a senior, I am happy that he is finally taking some interest in fulfilling his leadership role. Sean Lee is quite a cheerleader on the sidelines. Shipley can be a strong leader when he wants, and he seems to exhibit mature judgment when he speaks.
However, here’s the thing. I’m not one for being politically correct, so I won’t dance around this issue. Call me a racist if you want, but all three captains are white kids, while the kids who are getting themselves into trouble (Scirrotto notwithstanding) are predominately black. Values and backgrounds being different, I must raise the question about whether these captains are indeed capable of effectively mentoring their black peers. When the best player on the defense, Evans, becomes one of the transgressors, it sets a negative example for those who look up to him. Captain or not, Evans needs to be a leader, and a positive one at that.
The Nittany Turkey says
Oops, correction. Josh Gaines and Derrick Williams are also listed as captains. Sorry for my blunder above. Let me just revert to the notion that all the team captains must step up their leadership!
[Taking foot out of mouth.]