Monday Morning Commentary

Written July 2nd, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

This isn't about the logo on his shirt, but about the nature of his actions as an individual.

I’m headed south on vacation with the family and just wanted to try something new before I disappear for a couple of weeks. There’s a lot going on in the sports world with the Olympic trials and the NBA draft just recently concluding. I’ve got some things to cover but I promise I will be quick!

How about we start with my rant first so I can get it out of the way? The recent news coming out of State College, PA has me mesmerized. Not so much that the info has come to light as much as how their fans are responding. I spent the better part of the day reading about fans who are taking this personally. They think the world is out to get PSU.  That couldn’t be further from the truth. I tweeted in response to a friend that most of the people defending the University lack the basic human quality of compassion for these victims. Plain and simple, that is what all of the fuss is about.

I want you to imagine for just a brief moment that you are one of the victims and they are telling you that those involved didn’t believe you deserved to be protected. Not to mention the fact they are now basically saying the victims didn’t deserve justice. That is what all of the information is doing to these victims, and those who defend the university that covered it up lack any compassion for anything human.

Jared Sullinger made out like a bandit after being treated like crap in the week leading up to the NBA draft. The fact that he got stolen by the Celtics just means that Doc Rivers did his homework while the Buckeyes were playing in the NCAA’s in his home arena. Sullinger was playing in the facility that replaced the home of former Buckeye greats John Havlicek and Larry Siegfried. He has a tall order to become the best Buckeye to ever play for the Celtics in that regard, but I am one of those who believe he will be a great Celtic.  The Boston area got a gift thanks to a dumb medical report.

Tim Phillips, here with his 2011 Summer University Games gold medal, is one of several Buckeye Olympic hopefuls.

I don’t have all of the figures in front of me, but if you’ve been paying attention to the Olympic trials, there have been a lot of Buckeyes to root for. One of them is from my hometown of Parkersburg, WV in swimmer Tim Phillips. Saturday night at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha,  Tim was one of the 8 swimmers advancing to the finals of the 100 meter Butterfly. Tim was the 5th fastest swimmer in the 2 semifinal heats. His time came to 52.17 seconds. That was .82 seconds behind the time of Olympic legend Michael Phelps.   Phelps, who is the defending Olympic champion in the event, had the fastest time of the night at  51.35. Hopefully this morning he is representing the USA in the Olympics.

Last, but certainly not least, how about the storms that have rocked Ohio and West Virginia in the past few days. Over a million homes were affected in Ohio and close to 500,000 in WV – including my home. Power returned to my home at 1:30 in the a.m. Saturday but there were over 43,000 in my general vicinity without electricity still at the time I am writing this. I ask that in an age where we are sports driven that you keep all of these people in your thoughts as a couple of them write for tBBC. There is a good chance that they will not have power by the 4th of July and will damper the holiday.

On that note, I wish everyone a great holiday and please be safe in your travels.


  1. DaleNo Gravatar
    July 2nd, 2012 at 9:35 am

    The Penn State fans are just ignorant of the destructive damage caused by Sandusky. If it were someone in their family who was “buggered” by Jerry, they’d be acting much differntly.

    Looks like Paterno’s legacy is going to be totally destroyed with the new emails that were recently discovered. The attitude of “if I just ignore it…it will go away” of Paterno is now going to ruin the lengthy career he had at Penn State. The statue must come down!

    The 2 school officials that have been indicted will put in some time along with Jerry. Maybe even in the same cell or same shower stall. These school officials really deserve the maximum punishment as well.


  2. A.J.No Gravatar
    July 2nd, 2012 at 11:32 am

    great write-up!


  3. Grant EdgellNo Gravatar
    July 2nd, 2012 at 11:43 am

    The home crowd will always minimize the accusations – and even the facts – and take on that “the world is out to get us” mentality. We did it for 18 months around the OSU program. The part that’s absolutely astonishing, and you nailed it Chris, is that they aren’t minimizing tattoos, gold trinkets, paychecks for un-worked hours…….hotels near South Carolina, free room and board in Boise, or a REALLY nice living arrangement for Mama Bush out in SoCal.

    A great majority of the PSU fanbase probably have the same opinions as us and everyone else watching the situation from afar, but they don’t hop on message boards to discuss. That said, to read throguh the BWI board and see the defenses people have up for the school and those directly involved is, well, indefensible.

    Safe travels.


  4. BHopNo Gravatar
    July 3rd, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you for your rant at the beginning. I have a hard time understanding the PSU fans as well as ohters. They seem to think that somehow this wasn’t Joe P’s fault or PSU. I have a large problem with this for your point about them putting themselves in the victims shoes (or the parent(s) of these victims as well). I think it may be an impossiblity but as a parent myself…it seems difficult to understand “how” you can defend what happened over more than 10years (not to mention Jerry S. to in charge of it so he could hand pick the week ones…just sickening that all those at Penn State coaches and admin covered this up in order to maintain the PSU prestegiousness of their university …just horrible and impossible to defend IMO).


  5. WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    July 4th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Thank you all for your comments. Sadly, I know some people that have been through what these victims have been. It’s not a place any of them want to be. Facing their abuser. But they must because it’s what has to happen for justice. Those in the PSU nation who are behind the victims deserve an applaud. They could lose what they are fans of if the rest of the world has its way. Death penalty may be coming in some form.


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