STATING THE OBVIOUS
Congratulations to Coach Wayne Johnson and the Jourdanton Indians for capturing the first district title in Jourdanton since 1996. That was one heck of a come back vict o r y against the Cole Cougars. Since the Indians have the week off, we will take a look in and around the world of college football. Can you say there has been a little chaos in the world of sports?
Penn State- I will never forget attending a FCA Alamo Bowl Breakfast in December of 1999 with my FCA Club from Natalia High School. The main reason we wanted to attend was because everyone thought that Coach Joe Paterno back then was one of the best in the business. My coach and FCA sponsor at the time, was Coach Hank Holt who now coaches in Hondo. He was a huge Paterno fan and he waited in line to try and get his book signed by Paterno. Little did we realize when defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky spoke that day at the Hilton Downtown San Antonio, just the type of man he was and how he even had one of the minors in attendance at the event that morning.
It has been crazy to read and listen to all of the media hype about the Sex Scandal at Penn State University. More than anything, I am really disappointed in the legend-Paterno.
Monday night, I watched KMOL News-Channel 4 and I always look forward to Don Harris and his sports cast. Once he was done giving his report on the Sex Scandal, he gave “Don’s Extra Point”. The point he made was clear, after he read the 23 page court document he stated there is no way Joe Paterno should ever coach or step on a college football field. At the time, Harris’s statement seemed a bit harsh, that is, until I skimmed the 23-page report. After skimming through the report, it makes one sick to their stomach, to think grown adults of that capacity knew of the scandal and did little to address it.
At the end of the day, I think it is just a matter of days until the legendary coach steps down voluntarily, or is forced out. At the age of 84 years old, Paterno is going from one of the most respected and beloved coaches to one of the biggest disappointments in the country. While some can handle scandals with cheating, illegal car deals, shootings and drugs, one cannot handle sexual immorality with minor boys at the Penn State Campus.
It will be interesting to see how the Lions play against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at home on Saturday. One would think that all of the negative results will only have a negative effect on their recruiting and on the Nittney Lion Nation as a whole.
BCS Fun- Did anyone enjoy watching the Alabama-LSU game on Saturday night. It was the most watched regular season college football game since 1989 which says enough in itself. Who thought it would come down to missed field goals. Thinking back to the 2003 Cotton Bowl in which I watched the Horns and the Tigers, I can assure you the LSU Faithful were going crazy. LSU fans have to be the craziest most energized college fans I have witnessed while attending games over the past 11-years. In the end, I have LSU and Oklahoma State playing for the National Title!
MIZ---ZOU- I am just a little over 24 hours away, from taking off from Natalia, Texas U.S.A. to Tipton, Missouri for an exciting Saturday morning college game. My wife and I will pick up my former high school basketball coach/athletic Director Mark Marcum and his wife as we travel north for the final matchup between the Horns and Missouri when it comes to a Big-12 match-up. It never hurts to have friends, whose parents live just 45-minutes from Columbia. This will be my second trip to Columbia, as my former coach is a Mizzou Alumni as he played for the Tigers Basketball team back in the day, before let’s see; there was a three point line, the ball was square, the backboards were wood and many other things. All kidding aside, Marcum is a die hard Mizzou fan and it should be a great matchup in Columbia. We will be in that spec of Burnt Orange that will have 5,000 strong in attendance, in case you watch the game Saturday morning at 11: 00 a.m. on FX.
Well, I have to head out for a basketball game to referee my first scrimmage of the 2011 season. Although I don’t get to call near as many games as I used to due to covering so many games in the Brush Country, I always enjoy getting to officiate high school athletes in Texas.
See you next week- that is unless I become Tiger Bait! Hook-Em Horns, beat Mizzou!
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