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When the smoke clears.

Two heated topics have interested me in this week’s news, Joe Pa’s situation with the Defensive Coordinator “defending” young boys and LSU’s win over ‘Bama. I know – two very different things.

First JoePa, I feel so so sad for him. He has spent 46 seasons and half his life building a program for it to just be ripped away. In case you haven’t heard, now former Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been charged with 40 counts of child abuse. Penn State prides itsself on purity and never having an NCAA infraction. This is more than just an NCAA infraction. The abuse happened between 1994 and 2009 with boys over and potentially under the age of 15. Rumor has it that the University and Paterno maybe knew and did nothing or not enough. A graduate student reportedly saw Sandusky with a boy in 2002 and told Joe – who told the Administration, but nothing happened. What I am guessing happened is that no one wanted to think that of Sandusky and when the student mentioned it they just assumed he or she had misperceived what they saw. I don’t think Joe was trying to hide anything, I just don’t think he knew enough to call the police. When there is smoke there is fire, and this fire is about to burn what was left of Joe Paterno’s career.

On a happier and less real note LSU vs Bama. To be in a defensive battle of power houses you need to be well equipped. Which includes great coaching, a good offense, an even better defensive, and a really good kicker. So both teams go down the list checking-off all the items with ease, except there is a flaw with ‘Bama when they get to kickers and take a look at Jeremy Shelly and Cade Foster. Shelly is the short kicking specialist and Foster is the regular kicker. Together, they missed four field goals. The kicker is some times the MVP but at other times, they are unimportant and unnoticed. In this battle with no end zone appearances, the kicker turned out to be the fall of ‘Bama. The one shot at the endzone was made my ‘Bama but the throw was intercepted and the defense of the game roared again. Anyways, the moral of this story is never, under any circumstances underestimate your kicker. Ask the Dallas Cowboys and Dan Bailey. ‘Bama’s national championship hopes just went up in flames because they underestimated their kickers.

 

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About Lindsey Adams

Sports have always been a passion of mine. When I was little it was playing them in kids leagues, until one day I finally realized I sucked. When I got older I went through a phase that I call fan-ization, defined as the process of becoming a well-informed sports fan. I became fan-inized by spending to many Saturday afternoons in the living room with my father. And He, as I see it, is a world renowned sports buff. He knows everything there is to know about all sports-history, rules, players, stats, coaches, and techniques. Obviously a little bit of his passion rubbed of on me and hopefully a little trivia. So incase you didn't know Saturdays in the fall are full of college football so inevitably the NCAA became my first love. I learned players, teams, rules, conferences, and started reading up on news. Now I am a self-proclaimed college football junkie. I have now extended my viewing and knowledge to all sports. Now, my days of spending all afternoon in the living room with my dad have passed because I have had to get up off that couch and go to college. (Theoretically to learn something I guess.) This year I am a sophomore at Oklahoma State University and recently official sports media major. I am originally from Amarillo, Texas and I was born in the Dallas area. So my heart lies with the Dallas cowboys, the Texas Rangers, the (dissolving) Big 12 and the NBA champions the Dallas mavericks, but my fan-ship truly lies with OSU Cowboys. I believe my sports knowledge is unique and being a girl it is odd, you will not find another girl as informed or as passionate about sports as I am.

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