Archive for July, 2012

July 22, 2012

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Sports

July 22, 2012 is not just the greatest day of the year because it’s my birthday but because it was the first day of Eagles training camp and the beginning of the turnaround for the Phillies (not as big of events as my birthday).   Let’s start with the Eagles since I have not written about them yet.  Every Eagles fan on earth waits in anticipation for training camp to begin in July.  We all know this means the season is right around the corner.  Yes we start counting down the days til camp right after the draft and yes it seemed like it was so far away but it is here!  It’s here!  Camp has begun; I saw it on my computer yesterday while watching Eagles Live.  It’s real and it is back!!! Even though it is only for rookies, quarterbacks and selected vets, the excitement is in the air and everyone is planning their trips to Lehigh.  When I woke up Sunday morning, I found myself giggling and running around the house yelling “Happy first day of training camp”.  (Don’t act like some of you didn’t do the same thing because I know better).  Every year my daughters, my friend Kei and I hop in the car and take that hour ride to Lehigh to catch a glimpse of our team on the field. As we’re walking to the field, we are cheering E-A-G-L-E-S, laughing and excited to see the players on the field.  By mile 5 of our trek to the field, the cheering stops and now the cussing begins and the sweat is running down our faces.   As soon as we see the players we realize that 5 mile walk was all worth it.  Every year there is a different position that we focus in on and this year for me, it is going to be the backup quarterback position.  I will say this, I am not too comfortable knowing Trent Edwards or Mike Kafka will come in the game if Mike Vick goes down.  I just feel this is a position they really need to upgrade.  Ok I’m not going to get into what needs to happen or what doesn’t need to happen on this roster, I will leave that up to all the people out there who think they’re football experts.      All I know is I am looking forward to seeing players battle to make the team and battle at certain positions.  August 4th cannot get here fast enough for me!

July 22, 2012 (My birthday) might be the day that sticks out for Philadelphia Phillies fans and players.  This was the first of consecutive walk off wins by our Phightins and could be just what this team needed to make that push.  For the first time all year, I saw this team fight to the end in back to back games and come out on top.  I saw the team that we all know and loved over the last few years.  I saw a team that actually had heart.  For the first time this year, I saw not just one but the two most exciting games from this team.  I have missed that and am hoping this is just the beginning.   I remember writing in one of my Phillies vent blogs that people were expecting a little too much from Chase and Ryan when and if they ever came back this season.  I think maybe I was wrong.  Watching them hit back to back homeruns in last night’s win over the Brewers, was something this team missed so much.  Watching Chase get on base in the 9th and then Ryan driving in 2 rbi right after him was something this team missed so much.  I will not lie though, when the 9th inning started last night, I was about to turn the game off because I knew there was no way they were going to come back and win.  I am so happy I did not change the channel.  I don’t know if the Phils can actually pull off the miracle and find a way to back into the playoffs but I can tell you this, they are not going to go down without a fight.

July 22, 2012 began the greatest time of the year for me.  Here’s to hoping that the year ends with one maybe 2 parades down Broad Street.


A Legacy Tarnished

Posted: July 12, 2012 in Sports

I’ve been sitting around all day trying to figure out my feelings and how to express them after reading the Freeh report.  I’m pretty sure some people will be angry at what I’m about to say and probably call me names but like one of my friends told me, I need to be honest with myself and say what I feel.  

Let me start off by saying, I have been a diehard Penn State fan since I was a little girl.  Seriously I can honestly say from the time I was around 4 years old, I knew who Joe Paterno was.  As I got older, I idolized this man more and more and I knew that when I went to college, I was going to Penn State all because of Joe.  He was like a hero to me, the greatest man to walk the earth. When I was in 7th grade, I went to cheerleading camp at PSU.  Being a young girl, this was the greatest thing to ever happen to me.  I wish I could explain to you how I felt when we stepped foot into Beaver Stadium to cheer.  I mean, it was like a dream come true, I was on the field where the man I idolized for years coached.  I didn’t know how to act.  

On January 22, 2012, the man that I looked up to for 40 years was gone.  Joseph Vincent Paterno lost his battle with lung cancer.  I cried for hours when I learned of his death.  Last time I cried that hard was January 11, 2011 when my grandmother lost her battle with lung cancer. 

Now back to today.  At 9:00am, I felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest when I read Louis Freeh’s report on the investigation of who knew what and who covered up the child abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky.  What this man did to these young boys makes me sick to my stomach.  I can only imagine what these poor boys went through and are still going through as young men.  How could this monster, after all of this, be permitted to walk around campus, attend football games and still bring young boys on campus.  How does this happen.  How could the man that I idolized allow this to happen?  

Right now I am running on raw emotions.  I am angry, I am hurt and I am tired of people telling me how I’m supposed to feel. I don’t need people telling me that if I can sit here and continue to make up excuses for what Joe did, I am a monster just like him, Sandusky and the others involved.  I am not making up excuses for him, I am angry as hell at Joe for his role in this whole thing.  There is nothing I can say to defend him anymore. I will say this though, I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t still love Joe Paterno.  I cannot and will not forget all the good that he did for Penn State University in the 46 years he was head coach. Do I look up to him as a hero anymore, no, not at all, how could I, he did not do enough to save these boys from a monster.   Maybe after all this sinks in I will feel differently but I refuse to let anyone tell me how I should feel now.

Joe’s legacy is ruined and he has no one to blame but himself.  He along with the Three Stooges could have stopped this abuse, they could have saved other boys from being abused but they chose not to.  I just pray that these young men can somehow find a way to have some kind of a normal life.  They didn’t ask for this and it’s a damn shame that the adults who are supposed to protect and keep them safe, let them down.