I’m sure by now everyone is up to speed on the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State scandal. I’m not linking to any of it because any information you could possibly want is available with a quick Google search. Also, this post is not about disseminating information. This is going to my screed about Sports Talk Media types pissing me off. Also, if you have read this blog at all, you know the reverend and I tend to spend our time making fun of stuff. This will be an exception to that general rule.
My job keeps me behind the wheel of a car most of the day, so I listen to a lot of radio. I don’t particularly care for most of the music played on radio stations these days, so I listen to mostly ESPN Radio, and some of the political talk shows. Obviously with the nature of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, today on ESPN Radio was all about the scandal. Before I go off, let me preface this by saying, as is apparently required law judging by the radio coverage, that I understand child rape is bad, and I hope Jerry Sandusky allegedly dies of alleged prison rape for his alleged crimes.
On top of reporting the newsisness of the former Penn State defensive coordinator allegedly subjecting an alleged ten year old to alleged anal sex, all of these self righteous sports talk douchebags were spewing their douchebaggery all over the air waves. Now, I know going in that former jocks and jock sniffers tend to the douchey side of things, so I allow them a certain amount of douchebaggery before I lose my shit.
A big part of the Sandusky coverage was devoted to who knew what when, and what they should have done about a friend of the program having sex with little kids. According to grand jury testimony, the current receivers coach, Mike McQueary, walked in on Jerry Sandusky having anal sex with a child McQuery believed to be about ten years old in the showers on campus. McQuery was shocked, left the room, and called his father. He and his father met with head coach Joe Paterno the next day, and informed him of the incident.
Every former jock, and current jock sniffer on ESPN Radio spent the day telling everyone what a no good piece of shit McQuery is, and how if they had been there they would have visited great vengeance and furious anger on Sandusky, and saved the little boy, who if I am not mistaken has not revealed his identity to anyone. Listeners had to hear how, and also probably believe, any kind of man would have walked into that shower and put a Roy Damn Mercer ass whoopin’ on this pedophile. Well, I call bullshit.
In the words of Billy Bob Thornton in Tombstone, “You run your mouth awful reckless for a man that don’t go heels.” Granted, Johnny Tyler then got his ass handed to him by Kurt Russel’s Wyatt Earp, but the sentiment is accurate. That’s a whole lot of tough talk from a bunch of, ahem, arm chair quarterbacks. Now, don’t misunderstand me, my contention is not that Mike Golic couldn’t whip Jerry Sandusky’s ass, or even that he shouldn’t want to. Nor am I saying McQuery doesn’t have some culpability for failing to do more since Sandusky continued to be associated with the program until recently. Given this incident happened in 2002, he probably should have figured out that child rape was swept under the rug, at least if you believe his story. My problem with all that talk is those bunch SWPL assholes have no idea how they would react in a situation like that. That’s tantamount to looking at a shooting committed by a soldier in Iraq, and saying if I had been there I wouldn’t have shot that guy. You don’t know unless you have been there.
Do you know why eyewitness testimony is unreliable in criminal cases? Because if something happens to someone that was completely unsuspected, that person has a hard time wrapping their minds around what just happened to them. For instance, have you ever had someone jump out and scare you? Was your first reaction to fight? Yeah, only after you recoiled in fear. If you walked into a shower room and saw someone you knew and respected subjecting a ten year old to what you believed to be anal rape, you would have a hard time processing what you just witnessed. That doesn’t necessarily go for everyone, but if a person’s mind is unprepared for that kind of shock, that person won’t realize what they just saw for a while.
You want to be a sports talk show host, then talk about sports. If you want to save sexually abused little kids, take some of your money, or use your celebrity to take other people’s money, and put it where your mouth is like Heath Evens or join a law enforcement agency for real, and put yourself in a position to actually do something about it. Don’t sit behind your microphone and bullshit your audience about what a badass you are because you used to play a kid’s game for a living.
Besides, have you seen how emasculated society has become lately? Children are taught throughout their school years that fighting is always wrong. A little school kid that punches the bully on the play ground will be told he has done wrong, and that he should have told an adult. McQuery reacted just the way he has been conditioned to all his life. Kids are seldom taught that some people just need their asses whooped these days.
Mike and Mike want to bullshit me about Cam Newton or some other black quarterback is going to revolutionize the position? Fine. Colin Cowherd wants to bullshit me that the lack of black sports owners is somehow racist? Okay. I’ll listen to sports talk guys talk about sports. But don’t sit there and pass judgement on the way somebody reacted to such an extremely horrifying situation when you have no experience in the extremely horrifying situations field.
Um, sorry for the tl;dr screed, I had to get that off my chest. I’ll find something to make fun of tomorrow.