Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bad Foundation

"JoePa didn't deserve this."

That was a quote in a story about the reactions of Penn State students to the penalties handed down to the school by the NCAA.

Excuse me?

Yes, i know this young man was a lifelong fan, who grew up cheering for Penn State and always planned to attend there, just as i always planned to, and did, attend the college here.  In fact, i knew the college fight song and alma mater before i knew my high school's songs.  So i get the devotion to the school and the programs.

Let's look at this, though.  Paterno knew, or had every reason to know, that one of his assistants was raping children.  Sandusky stole the innocence and lives of young men, and Paterno looked the other way.

Why did he do that?  Because Sandusky helped him win.  He built that house on a rotten foundation.  Remember the Amityville Horror?  Where they built houses on a graveyard?  Well, the house of wins that Penn State and Joe Paterno's record was built on was a graveyard of children's scarred souls, children who are now young men trying to put their lives back together.

Yes, it's sad.  Sadder still is that Paterno was willing to tolerate Sandusky's behavior for the sake of winning a game.  It's a game.  It's important, yes, i like for my team to win football games, but it's not important in the more ultimate sense.  Lives are important.  Souls are important.  The game is only important if you are using it as a tool to develop young lives.

The wise man in the parable built a house on a firm foundation, and the house withstood the storm.  The house built on a bad foundation fell.  That was first a foremost a parable about building your soul upon the Gospel, yes, but it applies here.

The foundation was rotten, and when the storm the house fell.  Great is the fall of it.

Today is

Act Like A Caveman Day -- internet generated, just to be fun, especially if your neighbors think you are crazy anyway

Be Adamant About Something Day -- it's good practice

Bayreuther Festspiele -- Bayreuth, Germany (Wagner festival, through Aug. 28)

Chincoteague Pony Round Up -- Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, VA, US (through tomorrow)

Commonwealth Constitution Day -- Puerto Rico

Culinarian's Day -- another one here because of the internet, but a good excuse to let your inner chef go wild, and enjoy the results

Ebernoe Horn Fair -- Sussex, England (ancient horn fairs were pagan fertility rites, now just a fun time for all)

Eve of the Hathor Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Festival of the Knee-Knockers -- Fairy Calendar

Friendship Festival -- Lathrop, Missouri, US (through the 28th; this year's theme is "Peace, Love, and Friendship")

Furrinalia -- Ancient Etruscan Calendar (Furrina, goddess of the sacred grove and spring on Janniculum hill)
      also Ancient Roman Calendar (to honor those who searched for underground water sources)

Guanacaste Day -- Costa Rica

Ilyap'a -- Ancient Inca Calendar (festival of the lightning god; date approximate)

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Republic Day -- Tunisia

St. Christopher's Day (Patron of archers, automobile drivers/motorists, bachelors, boatmen, bookbinders, busdrivers, cab drivers,epileptics, fruit dealers, fullers, gardeners, lorry drivers, mariners, market carriers, porters, sailors, taxi drivers, transportation/transporation workers, travellers, truck drivers/truckers, watermen; Baden, Germany; Barga, Italy; Brunswick, Germany; Fubine, Italy; Havana, Cuba; Mecklenburg, Germany; Rab, Croatia, St. Christopher's Island; Saint Kitts; Toses, Girona, Calalonia, Spain ;for a holy death; against bad dreams, epilepsy, floods, hailstorms, lightning, pestilence, storms, sudden death, toothache)

St. James' Day (The Apostle, brother of St. John and son of Zebedee, the first Apostle martyred; Patron of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, arthritis sufferers, blacksmiths, equestrians and horsemen, furriers, knights, laborers, pilgrims, soldiers, tanners, veterinarians; Altopascio, Lucca, Italy; Antigua, Guatemala; Bangued, Philippines; Brentino Belluno, Italy; Caltagirone, Italy; Cassine, Italy; Chile; Cicala, Catanzaro, Italy; Comitini, Italy; Compostela, Spain; Galicia, Spain; Gavi, Italy; Guatemala; Hettstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; Jemez Indian Pueblo; Loiza, Puerto Rico; Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Montreal, Canada; Nicaragua; Pistoia, Italy; Rivarolo Canavese, Italy; Sahuayo, Mexico; Seattle, Washington; Spain; Tesuque Indian Pueblo; against arthritis and rheumatism; sometimes called Jacob, the Latinized version of his name, also Iago and Jaques in Romance languages) related observances
     Dia Nacional de Galicia -- Galicia, Spain (National Day of Galicia, a/k/a Apostole Santiago, St. James the Apostle's Day)
     The Pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela -- Galicia, Spain (one of the world's largest pilgrimages still, to the church that has the supposed relics of St. James, culminates on the Saint's feast day)
     Loiza Aldea Fiesta -- Puerto Rico

Birthdays Today

Brad Renfro, 1982
Louise Brown, 1978
Matt LeBlanc, 1967
Walter Payton, 1954
Barbara Harris, 1935
Estelle Getty, 1923
Walter Brennan, 1894
Maxfield Parrish, 1870

Today in History

Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler, 285
Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops, 306
The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings, 864
Sebastián de Belalcázar, on his search for El Dorado, founds the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 1536
Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, 1567
Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism, 1593
James VI of Scotland is crowned James I of England, bringing the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into personal union; political union would occur later, 1603
Ignacio de Maya founds the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, México, 1693
British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council order the deportation of the Acadians; thousands of Acadians are sent to the British Colonies in America, France and England, and some later move to Louisiana, while others resettle in New Brunswick, 1755
Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain), 1797
Costa Rica annexes Guanacaste from Nicaragua, 1824
The first commercial use of an electric telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone between Euston and Camden Town in London, 1837
The Japanese daimyo begin returning their land holdings to the emperor as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms, 1869
Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it, 1908
Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure, 1917
The first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast takes place, 1920
Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) is established, 1925
At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team, 1946
Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks the next day, killing 51, 1956
The Republic of Tunisia is proclaimed, 1957
Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born, 1978
Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration, which formally ends the state of war that had existed between the nations since 1948, 1994
K.R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called "untouchable"— to hold this office, 1997
Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground, 2000
Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president, 2007
Wikileaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history, 2010


carla said...

I completely agree. and it is all simply heartbreaking.

Leah J. Utas said...

It's good to hear from someone who went there. So sad that profit, in any of its forms, was put before people.

Gigi said...

Couldn't agree with you more. How does it ever come down to football trumping the ruin of innocent lives?

messymimi said...

Carla, heartbreaking is just the start.

Leah, i think you misunderstood -- i did not attend Penn State, i was simply saying that i understand the kind of devotion, because it's the kind i have to my own local school. It is sad to put anything ahead of young lives.

Gigi, nothing should ever come down to that.

Slamdunk said...

Well said Mimi. The released evidence indicates that the most powerful coach in the world failed to protect many.

On the PSU issue, I do have a problem with the NCAA basing punishments on a paid consultant's report. The former FBI director did not have a glowing reputation among law enforcement and what has happened will prevent universities from ever conducting a probe the same way--since the unvetted product was held against them.

messymimi said...

Slamdunk, i'm glad you pointed that out to me, i didn't know. If future investigation proves that Paterno did not know until later, then only his wins from the time he did know should be thrown out.

stephen Hayes said...

I think you've said it as well as it can be said. Now they need to go after Sandusky's wife because she was an accomplice.