Yesterday the Associated Press released a story that has nothing to do with the crimes or the criminals thereof—only about the school’s continuous effort to supply manure of which they have a superabundance stored in numerous places throughout the state.
The Governor’s Office, the Board of Trustees, Penn State’s administration, etc. foolishly think that the olfactory sense of us fans has been rendered completely dulled by the omnipresent stench throughout Happy Valley over the last several months.
The article informs us that the PS’s football team, in order to show the players’ “resolve and dedication” will wear Blue Ribbons on their jerseys. According to lackey coach Bill O’Brien, the ribbons have a twofold purpose which he states in a roundabout way. They are, one, to honor the players for blah, blah, blah (they stayed at PS and kept their scholarships); and, two, to “help children of child abuse”—that should be of sexual abuse, Bill.
Coach, not to be critical of the football players in the slightest, but what have they done that was not in their self interest? In other words, coach, why are they being honored? Is it because they have been unjustly dishonored by the harsh vagaries of chance–that is, by virtue of representing the disgraced football program, which, mind you, you rushed in to guide?
Coach, why do you want Penn State fans to wear blue ribbons too? Do you want them to honor the football players as well as themselves? No one, save the Devil, deserves the scantest honor for standing up for the heinous offenses perpetrated on helpless children? Is this not a ploy to play down the wicked past while making the evildoers’ specious efforts seem noble?
Coach, don’t you know that the players and the fans don’t have a single wicked thing to do with what went down with Jerry and his boys? In no way are they guilty of anything. None of them was even alive when Jerry started preying on youngsters.
If anyone, it is the perpetrators—the accessories to and after the crimes—and those many people of trust who were so grossly negligent who should wear ribbons, ribbons that would show their contrite heart, be that possible. Ribbons should not be worn to honor anyone but to mock the guilty.
Moreover, coach, you ought to know that a large growing number of people now realize the inanity of ribbons. Yellow ribbons haven’t helped to end war in the slightest, have they?
Moreover, coach, you say that Blue Ribbons will “help children of child abuse.” How so? Will more money be wrung out of students and citizens in higher tuition and taxes respectively? Or do you plan to pass the hat at each game?
Lastly, coach, along with the Blue Ribbons, why must the players’ names be put on their jerseys too?
Could the reason be that NCAA emperor Mark Emmert, the spokesman for the powers that be in college sports, intimated that you had better do so lest he ream Penn State fans even more so, viz., in Sandusky style?