"It was a privilege," Gardner said Monday night at the Ufer Quarterback Club Banquet in Ann Arbor. "I don't think people understand how much of a privilege it was to not only be a quarterback at Michigan, but just to be a part of this university whether you're a student-athlete or not," "And I knew that as a sophomore in high school. I knew this was a special place."
How many of you believe in fidelity but once cheated? Or believe in not stealing but have stolen? Believe in honestly but have lied? I could go on with a list of sins that would eventually encompass everyone on this blog and on earth. We have all failed at one point to live up to the standards we champion and would wish to communicate to others.
When we fail to live up to our standards and are caught violating them, does that invalidate the standards themselves? Does that mean our lives have been a lie? Does that mean, as Six Zero wrote today:
"Learning that the ethical standards that went hand in hand with Joe Paterno were not only inaccurate, but has also cost him his immortal job status? Well, it's like waking up one day and finding that the United States is secretly run by a Communist dictator."
Or, as Brian wrote: "Should we forget all the good Paterno has done in our "rush to judgment"? Yes, and yes. This is a failure so massive it wipes out every positive thing about JoePa, of which there were many."
I don't think so. When honorable people fail to live up to the standards they have set for themselves and for others, they don't reveal themselves to be hypocrites. They reveal themselves to be human. And I don't believe they lose the ability to be called a good person. Nor does that invalidate the standards that they tried to live by, despite a massive failure.
Joe should lose his job. He should have this as part of his legacy. He will suffer in private and public, and that is as it should be. His non-action should be condemned.
I can see how many of you are willing to disagree. To say that this wipes out all the good he has done. To condemn him as a person. To say that the standards were a lie. I just hope you have more understanding friends and famiily around you when you fail.
EDIT: After carefully reading every reply, none of which agreed with me, they seemed to all add up to two points. 1- that not reporting this to the police is worse than any other moral failing, and 2- That we should judge Patero harshly for what he didn't do. I had already made the second point explicitly in my OP above. The point is I'm willing to say that reporting it to his superiors but not the police deserves universal condemnation--but that it doesn't erase all of the good he did for literally thousands. But I'm clearly in a group of one there. As to the first point-I agree. But I stand by my greater point.
For those of you interested, below is the link to the full grand jury report from their investigation into the Jerry Sandusky abuse case. WARNING: Graphic language.
For all you Pennsylvania lawyers out there: Does PA not have a specific reporting duty provision in the General Statutes that requires a witness of abuse to report it to the authorities? I ask because there is such a provision here in other state statutes, in which case McQueary's and Paterno's failure to report would be a criminal failure to report had this occurred in those states.
[EDIT: Read this report at your own risk. Sorry in advance for those that have their day ruined by reading it. It really is a terrible read. A "day ruiner" for sure.]
Joe Frazier passed away tonight at the age of 67.
META OT NOTE: There is nothing in this post about Michigan except that Michigan is the state where the Red Wings happen to play; if you think this is an abuse of my blogging powers let me know in the comments so that I may summarily smite you. Brian has his soccer, me and Ace, we're Wingnuts. Deal.
So I was screwing around with a Wings stats database to try to string some thoughts together about the losing (oh the damn losing) which mercifully ended this weekend. Since it became a blog-like substance, I figured I'd throw it up here for the rest of the hometown fans of Blue who share a secret love affair with Red.
The burning question in Hockeytown this year is if the early losing streak was a blip or symptomatic of something very wrong. The easy answer is to say Detroit's not scoring enough. This is true:
Scoring is significantly down from last year. But is this from a lack of effort, e.g. are they not getting enough shots off?
- Brian Rafalski, 2010-'11: 4 goals in 106 shots = 3.8%
- Ian White, 2011-'12: 2 goals in 36 shots = 5.6%
Not there, unless it's in Raffi's passing.
- Modano/Draper combined 2010-'11: 10 goals in 136 shots = 7.35%
- Cory Emmerton 2011-'12: 1 goal in 11 shots = 9.10%
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There. It's not Zetterberg, although the dropoff in his accuracy since January last year is noted. Datsyuk and Cleary and Filpulla are way, way down, Holmstrom isn't getting the deflections like he's used to, and Eaves and Miller, Detroit's garbage goal guys can't get a puck in. Among Detroit's top shooters only Lidstrom, who had an uncharacteristically bad year last year, and Franzen, whose 2010-'11 season was slowed by his injury and creaky comeback, are doing better.
It could be their shots just aren't going in, and it could be that Ian White is passing to the bolded guys instead of Brian Rafalski. That it has affected the top scoring line (Datsyuk's) and the checkers the most suggests it might be Rafalski's passing that's missing. Extrapolating his season numbers from last year Raffi would have 8.38 assists and be a +2; White so far has 4 assists but is a +4.
So I am not the biggest Michigan history person nor the biggest recruiting person, but I was hoping someone here might be.
Has Michigan ever had a trio of recruiting classes this strong in the past? I refer to having such good incoming classes for Football, Basketball and Hockey all at the same time.
If we have had such a time, does anyone know when it last was?
Detroit Lions fans are not going sit by and let Nickleback ruin their first good season in quite sometime. They have started a petition to keep them from performing at halftime of the Thanksgiving Day game. You can see it and sign it here.