The View From Wisconsin

Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Opening Observations

A few little things about Friday's opening ceremony in London:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Penn State

And the NCAA finally came down with its sanctions against PSU. Let's compare how they lined up with my predictions:
The only thing about the sanctions that I didn't foresee was the vacating of wins, but that was about all they could do to address Paterno's now-tarnished legacy. I also suspected, but didn't mention, that PSU would go on probation for the next several years (five is what was announced).

Do I agree with all this? I think the NCAA essentially went as far as they could go without giving Penn State the so-called "Death Penalty". And, I also think they realized that no matter what they were going to do, there would be complaints that it did nothing to help those who'd been victimized by Sandusky. 

Either way, it was probably the best thing the university was going to get from the NCAA.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Modest Proposal for Penn State.

This is going to be a simple one this morning, as I'm not feeling 100%: Many are crying for the heads of the Penn State football team this morning - in particular, because of the so-called "lack of institutional control" over the Sandusky case - that the program should be given the so-called "death penalty" - suspension of the school's program for a year.

I feel, along with other noted observers, that such a penalty does nothing to right the wrongs of the past. However, I do feel that there should be some sort of a penalty - one that is harsh enough that the people involved with the program - and any other NCAA school - would think twice after hearing the penalty.

It would hurt PSU in the greatest place it could - the checkbook. And I would also be in favor of PSU imposing these things themselves, instead of forcing the NCAA to administer them.

In lieu of a "death penalty, PSU football should endeavor to do the following:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mid-Year Rant Time

On that worst of days for sports fans, it's time to post a few rants at some of the inane stuff heard on sports radio (Yes, Mr. Russo, I'm looking at your SXM channel):