Thursday, August 9, 2012
The warning went out, but was it communicated effectively? How many warnings do you need in the first place. The forecast, beginning early in the morning, raised the possibility of dangerous conditions. It wasn't difficult to detect the approaching bad weather. Just look up. On top of that, just about everyone (not me) has a smart phone, and there are a lot of places where you can dial up a radar map.
What have we learned? You can't prevent lightning, but you can tell people to get out of the way. Should the race have been called sooner? Probably. Does the track need more giant message boards? I don't know.
It will be interesting to see what comes from the investigation.
Penn State will, for the first time, have names on the backs of the football uniforms this season. Bravo! I always thought it was strange that Joe Paterno wouldn't allow names on uniforms, but he was okay with a nine foot statue of himself outside the stadium. Paterno always said the statue wasn't his idea, but if he said he didn't want it, you know administration would have caved.
Nittany Lion uniforms will sport a blue ribbon, in support of child abuse awareness.
The season opener is September 1.
Many Penn State/Paterno backers have been questioning the Freeh Report, and I understand that. Does it have flaws? Certainly. There is no such thing as a perfect investigation.
So, why was Penn State administration to quick to accept it? Why did the administration go along with the NCAA sanctions based on what the Freeh Report discovered? Why is the administration so quickly and willing to settle with the victims? My conclusion is that the administration knows things the general public does not, and it feels there's enough truth in the Freeh Report to use it as the foundation for going forward.
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