Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.”
—John Greenleaf Whittier
One of those bearded guys in the book of the 100 best poems we all had as a kid, John Greenleaf Whittier, wrote that. As it turned out, John was a negativist. So is this turkey. But hark! Read on!
Fortunately for you readers, I am here not to assail you as per usual with my negativistic drivel. Quite the contrary. An article I read this morning inspired me to think about “what might have been” if Penn State Football had not possessed the strength and determination to persevere through the past four years. Now, having done so, I’m less jaded and more optimistic. My glass is now half full. Perhaps, if Whittier had been around to witness the epic, stalwart determination of the men of Penn State football and the women who loved them over the past four years, his poetry would have exhibited a less melancholy tone. [Read more…]