Perhaps the most revealing aspect of how the Penn State sex-abuse scandal went unaddressed for as long as it did was the reaction of alumni when the school finally announced that it had hired a new head coach. There was an indignant uproar from former players and coaches regarding the fact that Bill O’Brien, formerly the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, had no Penn State pedigree. How blind can these people be? The fact that seemingly everyone associated with the football program had at least two decades of service with the institution was not an asset — rather, it was the very reason that they all had to go. It is folly to think that any of them were unaware of Sandusky’s crimes. To allow even one member of the staff to continue would be to perpetuate the idea that the school cares more about its revenues than it does the children that were abused. That so many Nittany Lions don’t understand that critical point speaks volumes as to how much work needs to be done to restore what once was a stellar reputation … If you’re a fan of basketball, do yourself a favor and get to a Xaverian High School Varsity game and enjoy the talent of point guard Dillon Burns. A throwback player in every sense of the word, this floor general is playing as well as anyone in the city, right in our own backyard … Through losses in each of their first four home games, the New Jersey Nets did not have the lead at any point in those contests. That’s not easy. There’s a big, shiny arena being built downtown for this franchise. However, if Mikhail Prokhorov doesn’t secure some marketable talent before his team makes the move, the Nets’ new home will be nothing more than lipstick on a pig … Now that the Jets’ season has come to an end, the infamous “unnamed sources” in the locker room have begun to take shots at quarterback Mark Sanchez. We’ve been told, since he was hired, that Big Rexy had the right temperament to coach players with questionable attitudes. Apparently, though, that’s only when they’re winning; the first season without a playoff appearance has the rats jumping off the ship. Memo to GM Mike Tannenbaum: You get what you pay for … Congratulations to Yankees’ great Jorge Posada on a stellar career. Clearly, the least appreciated of the Core Four, Posada had as many big moments as any. While it’s unlikely he’ll warrant entry into Cooperstown, he certainly deserves a plaque in Monument Park, as he was, truly, an all-time Yankee great.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Overcast, Light Snow, Mist 33 °F