When the news broke that three more Penn State football players had been suspended last week, I immediately began asking the hard, no-nonsense questions. I inquired into the institutional control of the program, the existing recruiting practices and, of course, the long-term ramifications for overall stability.
But most of all, I just wanted to know how this all would affect my personal reputation.
That's right, I'm a Penn State alum, and I feel these questions are now fair game. Will people now think I'm a loose cannon? Can I now get away with the barbed wire tattoo and/or earring in a corporate setting? Should I splurge and buy the crotch rocket now or later? These are things worth asking.
See, ever since ESPN dropped its
It's all been quite fascinating, really, and primarily because nobody knows whom or what to blame for the eroding image of a program once billed for its honor, class and simplicity on the field of play. More specifically, nobody knows how they're supposed to react to the perception that their entire alma mater -- not just the football team -- has suddenly changed its personality. Each new allegation feels like the maiden trip through a
Fair or not, public opinions change based on the actions of a prominent few. And when your football team is one of your biggest marketing vehicles, negative press is always bad for business. Now on the heels of reclaiming its No. 1 party school status, Penn State may be in need of a small-scale rebranding effort. Perhaps a new slogan or mantra to restore trust in the college community is in order. Something -- anything! -- to take the attention off a few knuckleheads giving the rest of us a bad rap.
And while we're waiting for that rebirth to happen, well, I guess I'll just enjoy my new role as the edgiest guy in the room.
With all the bickering surrounding
Of course, it did not help that the ridiculous call backed Washington up 15 yards. But even so, BYU still blocked the kick! Isn't this the highlight at which the media should direct its attention? People act as if the officials had a conspiracy to prevent the Huskies from winning -- almost like they'd erected a clear, Plexiglas wall to stop a ball from traveling through the uprights to tie the game. To my knowledge, this did not occur. The call may have been rotten, but at least give BYU its due.
Just a week after its athletic director mistakenly directed sports reporters to a phone sex line instead of
More to the point, can anyone describe the thought process involved with making a threatening phone call or text message to a person you've never met? I'd like to know. At what point does it become rational to risk possible criminal charges and issue a completely traceable threat? And what exactly do you say to differentiate yourself from the others? Do you go clever in your approach or take it stalker-scary with minute details from somebody's MySpace page?
Furthermore, doesn't an inordinate amount of threats have a counterproductive result and eventually make the target giggle instead of gag? I don't get it.
It was a strange decision by ABC Sports -- er, ESPN on ABC -- to move analyst
But what's interesting is that Maguire continues to hang on, and the network has continued its ongoing tomfoolery for no good reason. They've created a game of it, actually -- Maguire is apparently the new Waldo. Last Saturday, he commentated from the moving sideline camera that zooms up and down the field. In the past, he's chimed in from the production truck outside the stadium. Maybe one day they'll stick him underwater. Who knows?
What's the point of all this? How does this add to the quality of a broadcast? Maguire is a likeable fellow, but we don't need a guy yelling "Bam!" from a blimp to validate our college football experience. If the network heads are serious about this concept, then they should go all-out and attach Maguire to the skycam that hovers above the field. Otherwise, if this is some evil ploy, they should just get it over with and drop him into a snake pit.
OK, so I'm just going to ask it: What is going on with
Surely, with Notre Dame coming off a 3-9 season, the focus should be on its lackluster start against San Diego State. But instead, gosh, you can't help but focus on Clausen's ghastly look. For the record, it's 2008. The era of long, flowing locks of male hair went extinct around the time of
1. Better Ohio State title: "
3. Smarter investment:
4. More upsettable:
5. More ridiculous 'jeans' look: Stonewashed or
6. Better 'J' name:
7. More probable
8. Worse decision:
9. Likelier Saturday winner:
10. Bigger train-wreck: West Virginia's upset loss or
Fantastic idea! But I'll do you one better. Why hasn't anybody written a script about breaking into NCAA headquarters and stealing the official BCS formula? It'd be a rare "sports drama" movie. A clandestine fraternity of angry coaches --