Friday, December 28, 2007


I'm a long time Penn State fan, stemming from my proximity to the university growing up and knowing various people who attended and played there. I've always respected Joe Paterno greatly, although I think he probably should have retired 4 or 5 years ago. On the other hand, I have no passion for Texas A&M except a mischievous bent toward mocking the inexplicable cult-like attitude some of my friends, her graduates, seem to have. So, it is with said bent and a slight diappointed shake of my judgmental head that I point out the utter classlessness exhibited by the Aggie faithful in preparation for tomorrow's bowl game against the Lions. In comparison, I enjoyed Jo Pa's response. This year has been largely disappointing for the Nittany Lions (talk about a cool name!), so my expectations aren't high for tomorrow...but man would it be cool if PSU put a spanking on them Aggies!
12/29/07 UPDATE- PSU wins 24-17!

Texas A&M Apologizes for Casket Comment (Associated Press 12/28/07)

SAN ANTONIO —Texas A&M apologized to Penn State after a student leader mocked Joe Paterno by telling a crowd that the 81-year-old coach needs "a casket."

Paterno and his Penn State team face A&M on Saturday night in the Alamo Bowl.
One A& M yell leader, during a pep rally Thursday night, told the crowd that Paterno was "on his death bed" and "someone needs to find him a casket." The remarks drew boos from the crowd.

A&M team spokesman Alan Cannon said Friday he did not know the name of the yell leader, though the student has been sent home. The yell leaders - similar to cheerleaders - are A&M's official "spirit" organization and lead fans' cheers during games and other school events. They are elected by the student body.

Paterno, at a news conference Friday at the Alamodome, said he was backstage with Aggies interim coach Gary Darnell when the comments were made, but did not hear them. "I think everybody has to take things with a grain of salt," Paterno said. "Some young guy went up there, trying to be funny. Maybe he's accurate, I don't know."

Texas A&M's interim president, Eddie Davis, and athletic director Bill Byrne later apologized to their Penn State counterparts.

"I honestly didn't hear it, and I don't particularly care about it," Paterno said Friday. "Sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you."

Paterno, a 42-year head-coaching veteran, is about to enter the last year of a four-year contract that expires following the 2008 season.


GUNNY said...

Back in my days in Aggieland, A&M led the nation in beer consumption.

Uh ... I'll leave it at that.

Classy on the part of Coach Joe. He's been around rowdy young men long enough to know when good bull runs amuck.

But ... Gig 'em, Aggies. Declaw those Nittany Kitty Kats!


Anonymous said...

Yeah, sounds like Paterno has got the right idea. He is taking it with a grain of salt like he should. I can't believe they sent the guy home! That just goes to show how overly sensitive we are as a culture. We need to get over ourselves.

By the way, Gig 'Em Ags! Beat the hellouta Penn State!

Reepicheep said...

Sorry dude, I think the guy should have definitely been sent home.

He was picked to be a student leader. What he did was classless and disrespectful. Hardly the way to train future leaders to talk.

Reepicheep said...

Man, by my count the BIG 10 is whoopin' the "Big" 12 so far this bowl season!

How bout' them Lions?

Frontier Forest said...

And just think, I get to spend News Years eve with Hough and Creecy! Oh well, some good vino will wash away the foul taste of recycled aggie chowchips or cow-chips.

Reepicheep said...

Oh poor Woody (insert Pavel way of saying WOOOOOOODY),
I feel for you having to spend such precious time with those guys. Wow.

Mark Davis said...

I can't say I know too much about the Big Whatever conferences. I had to Google "big football conference" to find out what teams are in each. I figured out the Big 10 is Michigan, Ohio State, and a bunch of other teams from the top half of the country. They don't seem to have much in common, other than together they add up to ten.

The Big 12 is interesting. There's Nebraska and Oklahoma, a bunch of teams whose names start with Texas, and a bus load of teams that play basketball. It's a lot like the ACC, when you think about it. I'll give the Big 12 one thing: they're a lot closer together geographically than the Big 10. In fact, I suggest the Big 12 change its name to the Close 12, and the Big 10 change its name to the Where-the-heck-did-this-conference-come-from 10. You could shorten that to the Don't-bother-to-buy-a-bus 10, since they clearly aren't driving to many conference games.

In case the rest of you missed it, the SEC already crowned the national champion. We do that every year in the SEC Championship Game. Sometimes, but not always, the rest of the country agrees with our decision.

GUNNY said...

Hey, mark davis, I agree that the SEC is good, real good.

The Big 12 is interesting, but it was the Big 8 until like 1996.

It used to just have
* Colorado Buffaloes
* Iowa State Cyclones
* Kansas Jayhawks
* Kansas State Wildcats
* Missouri Tigers
* Nebraska Cornhuskers
* Oklahoma Sooners
* Oklahoma State Cowboys

Those were all pretty tightly located in the region. At one time they were the Missouri Valley Somesuch Conference (or thereabouts).

In 1996 (I think it was) they added
* Baylor Bears (Waco, TX)
* University of Texas (Austin, TX)
* Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)
* Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)

Then they split the conference into 2 sections (similar to the SEC, which was probably their blueprint).

With the 2 Oklahoma teams joining the 4 Texas schools to comprise the Big 12 South (as opposed to the North). The winner of each division plays for the Big 12 Championship game (similar to your SEC Championship game).

I like the geographical proximity. With the exception of Colorado, all these schools are along a rather narrow vertical corridor on the US map.

The Aggies have only won the Big 12 once since that time, but it's hard to beat out both Texas AND Oklahoma and THEN beat the Big 12 North winner (historically Nebraska or Kansas State, but Missouri has really emerged).

I would submit that the quality of play rivals that of the SEC, though I really enjoy a good SEC match-up as well.