Last weekend we had family for house guests. They flew down all the way from Pennsylvania claiming to want to see the Notre Dame and Florida State game - but deep in their hearts - they came to town to appeal to the football gods.
Cathy and RuthAnn are hearty Penn State and Joe Paterno fans. They believe that PSU and Joe got a raw deal in the rush to judgment of Jerry Sandusky. You may re-call that the NCAA fined Penn State $60 million and also took away several of Joe Paterno's coaching wins. The sad part is the Governor Tom Corbett led board of trustees agreed to the penalties.
Now fans are having second thoughts.
Ruth Ann and Cathy hand lettered a sign and held it up at GameDay here in town. It made national television - and got several comments on the blogosphere. Many were surprised to see such a sign appearing at a game between Florida State and Notre Dame. The girls want Joe's wins to be re-instated. Ironically - the coach that is now considered the winningest coach Bobby Bowden is the former FSU coach. Bobby and Joe were very good friends - but I do not hear Bowden pushing to have Joe's wins added back on. Both coaches claimed they were not interested in being the top winning coach ever - but both coaches stayed on way too long - both hurting their teams and schools with their old age.
Now that they lifted the bowl ban they should reinstate wins too say the girls. And they want Joe's statue up too.
Ruth Ann and Cathy - sisters from the Lehigh Valley could complete each other's sentences when it comes to the Nits and Joe.
They said, "They judged too harshly and quickly. We must show Penn State pride.
We want to demonstrate freedom of speech. And no one speared us. We enjoying atmosphere of good sportsmanship. We wanted those watching to agree and say "yes!!" We hope to start a movement to vocalize and get others excited.After living in Pennsylvania for 55 years - I love the Penn State fans and admired Joe Paterno. But I think if they re-instate the PSU wins - they would have to re-instate Bobby Bowden's wins too. He lost wins when his player simply cheated on an online exam for a music course.
It will be interesting to see if the NCAA changes anything else for the people from Happy Valley. The Pennsylvania fans do not deserve the punishment - they did nothing wrong.
Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania town named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma.
Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of descendants, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said a lower court judge was wrong to order that Thorpe's remains be turned over to the Sac and Fox Nation.
Chief Judge Theodore McKee said it would be "patently absurd" to disinter Thorpe and ignore the wishes of his third wife Patricia, by blindly enforcing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The 1990 federal law was meant to stop the plundering of burial grounds.
Harry, Thank you so much for sending this along. We try to travel to at least one away game a year, with schedules, business, heck life itself it’s sometimes hard to pull off. Let me tell you this The Florida State community was by far the most gracious bunch of folks we have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. People like yourself, each one nicer than the next.
We strive to be as accommodating when Visitors visit South Bend. The only thing we can’t duplicate is your beautiful weather.
Two years ago I bought this 1986 Honda Helix. It has a 250cc engine. It is quiet and smooth so Lulu does not mind too much going to games on it. You can park it anywhere. It is a long story but it only has 2700 miles on it. It looks like new. It has an automatic transmission - it has just a gas and brake control - twist and go. In Florida - they do not require you to wear a helmet.
We just got home from Sunday afternoon volleyball. The Seminole beat Virginia Tech - 3 games to 1. We arrived late and only saw the last 2 games - and the Hokies played very well - almost pushing it to a 5th set.
The Seminoles are 18-0 on the season and 4th ranked nationally.