Archive for the ‘Suspension’ Category

A lot of eyes were focused State College, Pennsylvania and Penn State on Saturday, as the Nittany Lions opened the team’s first season in nearly 50 years without Joe Paterno as head coach.

Even more though than the absence of Paterno, most want to know how the school would fare under the weight of some of the most serious sanctions ever levied against a major college football program.

The immediate answer is not very well. Penn State playing at home lost to the Ohio University Bobcats 24-14.

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The truth is still the truth, but if it is served up too raw, it has a way of upsetting delicate sensibilities and ultimately backfiring on the truthsayer.

That’s what happened this week to Allen Pinkett, the former Notre Dame star running back from the 1980s and now longtime analyst on the Fighting Irish radio broadcasts.

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The fact is, punishment whether of an institution or an individual, never really provides an adequate response to, or compensation for, the wrongdoing and damage that has taken place. And the NCAA weighing in, only serves to satisfy the need to hold someone or something responsible without really fixing anything.

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Surely he should have known better than to say something that would inflame the justifiably sensitive and politically powerful Cuban-American community of Miami, many of whom were refugees, or whose parents and other relatives risked their lives to flee Castro’s repressive communist regime.

How could Guillen say anything that sounds even remotely supportive of one of America’s foremost political enemies? But say it he did. And he’ll have to live with it.

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Peyton Manning is a Bronco. Bounty hunting is severely punished. And Tim Tebow takes Tebow-mania to the Big Apple. Just like that, in the span of only a few days, the very predictable NFL world has been turned inside-out.

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Pittsburg Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have escaped prosecution, but he should not elude a suspension and public scorn.

Roethlisberger has never made clear exactly what happened the night he apparently took advantage of an intoxicated woman, who may have barely consented to have sex with him – if she consented at all.

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After two seasons away from the game, the prodigal son, a convicted felon, returns to the gridiron, chastened but wiser, and now ready to lead some NFL team to the Super Bowl.   Wouldn’t that be a story?  If only it was that simple for Michael Vick.   But rather than a story of redemption […]

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We have now entered into the theater of the absurd. MLB commissioner Bud Selig tells USA Today that he is considering a suspension of Alex Rodriguez. It doesn’t get more ridiculous than this. Okay, I get it. An unnamed someone with unknown motives leaks A-Rod’s 2003 steroid test results to a national magazine, which of […]

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