"this be the last thread on the front page"
With much respect, scully, I don't "get" this stance. Why avoid SpoFi for a period of time or beseech the rest of the site, when you essentially have the ability to "change the channel"? Simply don't open these threads and focus on the other commentary here that you seem to value.
And claiming that this isn't relevant to a sports site reminds me of the critics saying that the NCAA shouldn't have been involved in punishment because this situation wasn't football-related. That latter sentiment is utter horseshit. The coverup was purely to maintain the perceived prestige of Paterno, the football program, and the university, with the end-goals being to keep Penn St football a desirable destination for recruits and continue to win football games. The lack of morals and the desire and ability to cover something like this up represents a "competitive advantage" because I can't fathom many other programs or universities being willing to guarantee their spot in hell, just in the hopes of not losing a couple recruits. This isn't JUST a football thing (lord, I wish it was), but it sure as hell is AT LEAST a football thing. This inability to recognize the full scope of the issue is exactly the reason the NCAA HAD to step in.
"just seems to create an untenable position for a school"
Untenable, really? Difficult, maybe. Yes, the police and prosecutors let everyone down in 1998. That doesn't eliminate Penn St. from doing what is "right". And I don't think "right" smells like granting someone who you're pretty damn sure is a child predator with a sweet retirement package and continued access to your university. Couldn't the appropriate actions taken by Penn St be conversations such as a) "Police and prosecutors, you might think you're doing Penn St a favor be sweeping this away, but please don't go soft on this guy on our account." and b) "Sandusky, we can't take criminal law into our own hands, but there is the gate leading out of this university. Walk through it, never look back, never set foot on these grounds again, and by god, if we even catch a whiff of you being up to no good ..."
Certainly not a fun situation to find yourself in as a university, but to say you can't do anything about it ... BS.
posted by littleLebowski at 10:54 AM on July 23
I agree with all above. From a protocol standpoint, one of the things that this FPP did well and IMO therefore didn't deserve the "not worthy" comments, was that the subtext adequately notified us readers/potential commenters about the context of the link. If there hadn't been any explanation and I had felt that I had wasted X minutes of my life reading the link, then *maybe* I'd have grounds to belly-ache. But, if a post gives me fair warning about what it's about, then I choose to read the link and/or comments or I choose to move along to something that does interest me.
posted by littleLebowski at 12:34 PM on July 19
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posted by littleLebowski at 11:50 AM on April 01
I've seen several references throughout various FPPs to sports-related readings recommended by members here. Just thought it'd be nice to have everyone jot down their favorites and have them in one place. I can start ... "Tales From the Dugout" by Mike Shannon. Purely anecdotal, but decent. But, see, I'd love to see what everyone would recommend, particularly stuff of more substance.
posted by littleLebowski at 10:55 PM on April 24
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