A Flyers-Penguins Winter Classic at Beaver Stadium has long-been rumored and grumbled about, but never confirmed. In fact, it’s never gone past the rumor stage. Howard Eskin confirmed it once (inaccurately) and we heard rumors of Penn State being on board, but never much more. Until now.
According to Broad Street Hockey, Shawn Tilger told the gathered season ticket holders at the Flyers Town Hall meeting that the team is pitching the game for the 2016-2017 season to commemorate the 50th anniversary of both the Flyers and the Penguins. It’s still a long ways away, and there will be countless reports between now and then that it’s happening but not happening or maybe happening until its probably happening it’s happening.
Last night, for some reason, Keith Olbermann decided to again lay into Penn State students and Blue and Whiters at large on possibly the worst day on the calendar to do so– the Monday after THON, during which, this year, PSU raised $13.3 million for charity.
Olbermann, whose disdain for all things Penn State is well known, called Penn State folks pitiful…
… and liars:
You get the point. It was bad, and childish. [Perhaps instead of calling Penn State students “pitiful” for doing a good thing, Olbermann would’ve been better served with a more specific attack pointing out their annoying tendency to act like they are the only philanthropic student body in the country simply because they have one of the largest enrollments and can raise a substantial, and impressive, sum of money. But it’s probably too late for that.] So ESPN suspended Olbermann:
We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.
Of course, the Penn State reaction to this, in some cases, is about as mature as Olbermann’s Tweets:
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It’s National Signing Day, and many recruits are declaring where they’ll spend their college careers, talking to coaches, and holding press conferences. Penn State coach James Franklin was busy Facetime-ing with future Nittany Lions when he accidentally videochatted with a random PSU fan. Like every other Facetime in history not between a parent and their small child, it was probably pretty awkward.
According to ESPN, Franklin was trying to chat with Shareef Miller, “a defensive end recruit from Philadelphia,” when he accidentally dialed up Aleem Medley. Medley isn’t a Penn State recruit. Medley is just some dude. Thankfully, he’s a PSU fan and not a psycho, so it all ended well. Franklin should work on his technology skills though. He’s (as everyone is) one DM-sent-as-Tweet away from a scandal, and a misdialed Facetime is a slippery slope.
On Friday night, Penn State’s men’s hockey team wore stickers that read “409” on the back of their helmets in honor Joe Paterno’s restored win total. Sandy Barbour, Penn State’s athletic director, called the move “inappropriate and insensitive.” She later backed away from that statement and called her own Tweet “inappropriate and insensitive,” just to round things out. But that wasn’t the end of it. Keith Olbermann, who makes a career out of ranting on stories like this, ranted. His diatribe came as a result of the countless Tweets he undoubtedly received – conditioned responses that come any time anyone dares to say anything negative about the Blue and White (but in this case at the urging of Onward State’s Kevin Horne) — after criticizing Penn State.
The Penn State portion started a little after the four-minute mark in the video above, but here’s what he had to say:
“Is there something about this that you at Penn State — literally at Penn State or just figuratively — just do not get? Joe Paterno was not a victim here. The University was not blackmailed. Nobody was out to get you. Your critics were not jealous. There is no larger context.
‘409’ is not something to make stickers for. ‘409’ is not something to mention out loud. It will be decades before Penn State lives this down, and fighting back and demanding moronic, trivial, irrelevant things like the restoration of wins to the record of a despicable man who did not act while one of his proteges raped children, that will only increase the length of the purgatory and only make you all look even more like those idiots who still insist O.J. Simpson was framed. Your institution is associated with childrens’ terror. If your naive fan blindness does not let you see that, just ask any outsider in the real world. If you want this to go away ever, maybe in 20 or 30 years, sit down, shut up, and atone.”
In response, Horne offered a rebuttal that should take you right to the end of the week if you start reading it right now. Horne’s big issue (and there are several) comes from Olbermann dealing in black (blue?) and white instead of shades of grey [Editor’s note: God I was so far out ahead of this story]. And while he’s right — ignoring shades of grey is kind of Olbermann’s thing — it’s the same thing nearly every voice speaking out in support of Penn State and Joe Paterno is also guilty of.
A sampling of #WeAre Tweets: Continue reading
Today was a big day for Scott Paterno. Every day is a big day for Scott Paterno. 111 of Joe Paterno’s vacated wins (and one of Tom Bradley’s) will be restored in the record books thanks to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by PA State Senator and Penn State alum Jake Corman against the NCAA over sanctions handed down to Penn State and its football program (because our elected officials have nothing better to do with their time than appease their fellow alumni). Now the Valley can be Happy again, I assume.
In a statement, the Paterno family continued being the Paterno family:
Still vacated: the dignity of Sandusky’s victims.
UPDATE: I completely agree that the NCAA overreacted and tried to save face in all of this, by the way. But maybe the Paterno family could demonstrate just a shred of awareness, restraint and humility by not calling the settlement a “victory” and acting like this is the particular truth that matters.
An ESPN Outside The Lines report details emails between the NCAA and Louis Freeh’s firm, which was paid $8.2 million to conduct an independent investigation of Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. As it turns out, they were getting some, um, guidance from the NCAA:
“I’m angry,” [Pennsylvania State Senator Jake Corman] said. “When you read the other communications we’ve seen, the NCAA is saying ‘we have an image problem.’ So it looks like the NCAA was looking to improve its own image at the expense of Penn State. And to do that, they were orchestrating an outcome with Freeh to make it happen … A lot of people were hurt by the sanctions brought down by the NCAA, and to think it was achieved possibly by this coordination by Freeh and the NCAA makes me very, very angry.”
I can’t do any of this justice. Just go read the whole thing.