College Football Mailbag (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday May 30, 2007 11:02AM; Updated: Tuesday June 26, 2007 4:31PM
What do you think of JoePa's approach to instilling responsibility in his team and do you think that it will have any impact (positively or negatively) on recruiting?
David is referring to Paterno's recent announcement that, as punishment for a premeditated off-campus brawl involving six of his players (two of whom, safety Anthony Scirrotto and defensive tackle Chris Baker, are facing criminal charges), the entire team will be forced to clean Beaver Stadium on Sundays this fall. The players involved will be required to perform additional community service.
What do I think about it? I love it. First, you've got to commend Paterno for having the audaciousness to punish the entire team over the misdeeds of a few. Coaches talk all the time about the importance of "accountability," but what do they really do to demonstrate it? Suspend someone's teammate for the Middle Tennessee game? This one will certainly hit home for the entire team. Plus, only JoePa could dream up such a 1950s-era punishment as cleaning the stadium. Can you picture a guy like Dan Connor -- who a year from now will be making millions of dollars -- scooping up discarded popcorn for three hours? That's an old-school lesson in humility right there.
How can you not include Hershel Dennis in your list of eighth-year seniors? He's a holdover from the Carson Palmer era.
Let's say the ACC raid of the Big East happened today. Would Boston College still be chosen or would the nod go to Rutgers? It has the New York media market, legit top-25 football and stadium expansion to 55,000 on its way. BC continues to be successful in both football and basketball, but it is still odd seeing a Clemson-BC matchup. And the Boston area traditionally yawns at their success.
Wow -- that's a phenomenal question. Of course, it's also a tricky hypothetical, because if Miami, Virginia Tech and BC had remained in the Big East all this time, it's quite possible Rutgers would have won fewer games the past two seasons. But let's stick with Rutgers in its current state.
From a purely business standpoint, it would be stupid for the ACC not to take the Scarlet Knights over the Eagles because of the factors you just mentioned. However, you have to remember how the ACC's expansion went down originally. The only school the ACC truly cared about adding was Miami, and it basically let the Miami brass pick the other two schools. Remember, those choices were originally Syracuse and BC -- whom the 'Canes had longer-standing "rivalries" with -- not BC and Virginia Tech. The Hokies only entered the picture due to political pressure in Virginia. So the real question is, would Miami have preferred Rutgers to BC? My guess is no.
Sorry, but you are going to have to change the rules. I was a Jenna Fischer fan before you ever mentioned her, but after you let us know about the Esquire article and now the Wired cover, it's over the top. As Bill Maher would say, "New Rule: Reigns as Mailbag Celebrity Crush are not arbitrarily limited to one year, and Jenna Fischer remains the Crush until legitimately dethroned."
Believe me, it's definitely a consideration. I thought I was OK with "retiring" Jenna, but then came Pam's big scene at the beach during the second-to-last Office episode. If that didn't make you fall in love all over again, nothing will. I assume eventually we will move forward with crowning a new Celebrity Crush, but for now the decision has been taken out of my hands.
If you haven't heard, Jenna recently took an unfortunate spill and broke her back. She's going to be laid up for at least a month, during which time I cannot, in good conscience, take away her title. To send wishes for a speedy recovery, visit Jenna's MySpace page. To send me wishes for ... I don't know, continued health and happiness? Visit my MySpace page.
I must also come clean and confess that I recently cheated on Jenna with another, brief-lived Celebrity Crush. This is a little embarrassing to admit, because it involves a television program I wouldn't normally be caught dead watching. But when my mom was in town a few weeks ago, she insisted on watching Dancing with the Stars. It was that night I was first introduced to the majestic beauty that is Julianne Hough, the eye-popping blonde who partnered with Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno. Before you give me any crap, you might want to watch this. ... Yep, that's what I thought. I was so taken I had to tune in again for the season finale a week later.
Then I found out she's 18 and engaged and I got a little creeped out. I'll make it up to you, Jenna, I promise.
Your recent response that for a fan to say "We kicked _____'s butt" is wrong flies in the face of the numerous delay of game penalties, off sides and extra timeouts that the crowd can and does cause the opponent to suffer. We may not be on the field but we are affecting the game.
I object to your Fifth Commandment. As a Gator booster, I feel it is perfectly acceptable to refer to the team as "we" or "us" because without any Gator boosters, there would be no team success, or possibly even a team. Who do you think pays for all the facilities, equipment, coaches' salaries, etc.?
Memo to Hollywood: Per Stewart Mandel, please change movie title to "They are Marshall." Thanks.
OK, OK, you guys win. The "we" thing is officially struck from the list of commandments.
But it still bugs the hell out of me.