On the marijuana front, two recent high-profile football oriented cases literally beg for the legalization of cannabis trafficking.
First, we have our old Nittany Lion whipping boy, running back Austin Scott, now 28, who while he was a player was accused of rape and kicked off the team, although charges were later dropped. He picked up the girl at a dance club and took her home and banged her, apparently, as it ultimately turned out, with absence of malice. The incident inspired what I believe to be one of the canniest on-line comments ever, as a reader quipped, “Austin always did like to dance around before hitting the hole.”
Well, that was then and this is now. Austin has traded his ball skills (no pun intended) for a career in merchandising. Alas, his dubious customer base created a minor impediment, as certain insincere customers did not fully appreciate the nature of the merchandise they purchased. Selling ganja to undercover police officers is a bad marketing move if you want to grow your business. Scott is now free on $10,000 bail.
That brings us to another argument for legalization of medical marijuana: Carl Pelini. Carl is the older brother of Bo Pelini, who is the beleaguered and probably short-time coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Carl coaches Florida Atlantic University, a football program of somewhat lesser stature. Pelini has led the C-USA Owls to a 2-6 record this year, going nowhere with yet another program built by the legendary Howard Schnellenberger. Now, with four games to go, Pelini is bailing out.
Apparently, Pelini attended a party where some weed was passed around. Unfortunately, he was unaware of the seditious whistle blowers that would ultimately give him a whistle blowjob right out the door by ratting on him to FAU AD Pat Chun. Chun would not reveal the blowers. Nonetheless, with discretion being the better part of valor, Pelini resigned today.
Now, Bo knows an easy way out at Nebraska. He should go to a pot party and let the recreational drug do the honors. Better than being fired for being a lousy coach or for profanity-laden tirades.
I’ll be back later with a preview and prognostication for the much anticipated (not) Illinois game.