Does Time Heal All Wounds?

The events that transpired at Penn State contributed to the worst scandal in sports history. It showed that even at school, students are not always safe and that no matter who you are and what you stand for, you can be fired. This scandal also brought to light, that sexual abuse was happening at other schools, for example the scandal that broke out with Syracuse University’s basketball team.

On November 5th, 2011, former defensive co-ordinator, Jerry Sandusky was arrested for 40 counts of sexual abuse over a 15 year time period. It was then reported that head coach Joe Paterno was aware of these accounts of sexual abuse and reported it to his superiors. On November 9th Paterno was used as a scapegoat and fired. Throughout the whole scandal I have defended Joe Paterno. He had done nothing illegal, he had reported what he knew to his supervisors with the understanding that they would do something about it but they didn’t. After Joe Paterno was fired it was announced that he had a treatable form of lung cancer. As the weeks went on, his health started to deteriorate. On January 22nd he died. I truly believe that if Joe Paterno wasn’t fired he would still be around but with that being said it is not the school’s fault, they did what they believed was in the best interest for their students and that’s what’s truly important. No matter what Joe Paterno had done for them in the past, Penn State had to think about their future. “Once you take away a man’s passion, you take away his reason for living” this is evident with Joe Paterno.

Joe Paterno was one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, yet he will most likely be remembered for this scandal. Not for the fact that he coached five undefeated teams or that he’s the most winningest coach in college football history with 409 wins. They say time heals all wounds, for this we will have to wait and see, but until then we should try to remember the good that was Big JoePa.

R.I.P Joe Paterno (December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012)

 

-McFultz

 

April 22nd 2010 The Day The Jacksonville Jaguars Moved To Los Angeles

Now before I get down to business I must admit that the idea for this article came from Bill Simmons’ “All Football Mailbag”.

On April 22nd 2010 the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted with their first round pick Tyson Alualu instead of quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow was not projected to go that high but many thought that they may draft him. The Jacksonville Jaguars are ranked 25th when it comes to attendance. Tebow was the hottest selling jersey in his rookie year alone and he’s Mr Florida playing and winning two National Championships for the Florida Gators. Now we don’t know how well Tebow would do on a team like the Jags but picture this combination: Tim Tebow and Maurice Jones-Drew aka Pocket Hercules. One could only assume that Jacksonville’s attendance problems would all but vanish. But they didn’t draft Tebow and are now stuck with a desolate stadium and a quarterback with the nickname “Yo Gabba Gabbert”. With LA still looking for a Football team, I can only assume that Jacksonville ┬áis on the top of the relocation list especially since they now have a new owner. There is one crazy situation that could take place but is highly doubtful. The Broncos could trade Tebow to Jacksonville for a 1st round pick, a second or third round pick and Blaine Gabbert. With the newly acquired first round pick and a little luck the Broncos could possibly draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin The Third. This trade of course would be unfavourable with the Denver faithful but their GM is none other than former Broncos QB John Elway. Elway is GOD to the Broncos faithful and one always looks to God (Elway) over Jesus (Tebow).