Archive for July, 2012

The Demise of the Paterno Legacy, the Freeh Report

July 30th, 2012 by Philly Pressbox | 1 Comment | Filed in College Sports, General

Anyone that follows Philly Pressbox knows that I’m a huge Penn State fan and a huge Joe Paterno fan. You also know that I’ve been a season ticket holder and I coached at the Penn State Football camps from 1994-2002.  I had the opportunity to meet Joe Paterno several times and have a signed picture with him hanging on my wall. I also worked with Jerry Sandusky during those years until his retirement, as well as the rest of the coaching staff. I knew Sandusky by name and he knew me by name during that time. With that said, this chain of events saddens me to no end. Obviously, the most important thing in this tragedy is the victims. Anything that is noted in this article is not meant to diminish them and what they have had to endure in any way. Please keep that as the top note.

As I watched the craziness of seeing Paterno fired by what appeared to be a disorganized, panic stricken, Board of Trustees that appeared to be bowing to the media and public pressure to do “something” even if it was wrong, I was filled with disbelief. Seeing Joe Paterno die so quickly amidst all of this without ever seeing the end of it was also saddening. Watching the Sandusky trial and the verdicts I couldn’t help but be sickened and wonder how could this happen. I then listened to the Louis Freeh press conference and the presentation of the Freeh Report and was in disbelief, and again wondered how could this possibly happen. Finally, the word came that the Paterno statue was being removed on a Sunday morning under the cover of darkness and secrecy. With that, I decided I needed to read the Freeh Report for myself and see what exactly was so damning to a man that built Penn State University, and the local community, over 62 years as the football coach, into one of the finest institutions in America that is filled with over 500,000 living alumni, pride and key slogans. (Success with Honor, We are Penn State).

The purpose of my reading the Freeh Report was to look strictly at the actions, or inactions, of Joe Paterno to try to determine for myself where I feel he stands in this tragedy. My finding is that there are many things in this report that a purely speculative and made from assumptions. There is some very good information here that can, and apparently will, be used by the university to improve awareness of signs of child abuse and provide training for all employees regarding the Clery Act among many other things as well as implement a system that guarantees communication at the highest levels to the Board of Trustees among many other things.  However, as I will point out below, how can a report be “the gospel” by the university and the NCAA when none of the “key” players were interviewed for the report? They include Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, Mike McQueary, Jerry Sandusky, Wendell Courtney, and Thomas Harmon. Richard “Dick” Anderson is the only assistant coach mentioned in the report and that is in relation to his Grand Jury testimony representing Sandusky, although it is stated that they talked to many people “including coaches”. So who are Wendell Courtney and Thomas Harmon, you ask? Courtney served as Penn State’s Outside Legal Counsel from 1980-2010 and was a partner at a law firm that performed legal services for the University for nearly 50 years. Courtney also served as legal counsel for the Second Mile and sat on its Board from 2008-2011. (page 107). Harmon is currently the Penn State Director of Public Safety. He held the position of University Department Police Chief in 1998. It’s very interesting that they wouldn’t be included in the report as they were key pieces to this story. Also, have you ever heard of the following people; Alycia Chambers, Ron Schreffler, Chambers colleagues, John Miller, Jerry Lauro, Karen Arnold, John Seasock as well as several State College Police Officers? Each was involved in the in-depth 1998 Sandusky investigation in which no charges were filed because, as it states on page 50, “there was no criminal behavior established (and) that the matter was closed as an investigation.”

Alycia Chambers – a licensed State College psychologist. She was the first person notified by Victim 6’s mother. Page 42.

Ron Schreffler – University Police Department Detective that conducted the initial interviews with Victim 6. Page 42.


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Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies 2012

July 28th, 2012 by Leo | Comments Off on Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies 2012 | Filed in General, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

Summer Olympics 2012

Are you ready for the Summer Olympics??  Today is the opening ceremonies but in all truth the Olympics started on Wednesday with mostly Soccer (Football) games being played.  I have noticed that there seems to be a lack of media coverage and hype over this year’s Olympics and I am not sure why or if it is just me.  Either way, they are here and I am ready to watch and cheer.

The Olympic opening ceremonies in London are scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. local time, or 4:00 p.m on the East Coast, 3:00 p.m central and 1:00 p.m on the West Coast.

However, viewers in the United States will not be able to see a live showing of the event, as NBC is scheduled to broadcast the tape-delayed opening ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The opening ceremonies are said to include a large bell ringing, Harry Potter parts, James Bond parts, with a appearance from former Beatle legend Paul McCartney.  It is expected that over a billion people will view the ceremonies around the world.  TSP gives an early chant for our athletes representing us at the games!!


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Hamels to Stay in Philadelphia

July 25th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Hamels to Stay in Philadelphia | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Cole to stay in Philadelphia!!

By Amy McGinnis

Reports say that Cole Hamels has agreed to a six year, $140M+ deal that will keep him in Philadelphia.

Please excuse me while I do cartwheels down my  street and kiss everyone in sight, regardless of whether or not we’ve ever met.

I am one ecstatic baseball nerd right now.

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Great Catch by Phillies Ball Girl

July 25th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Genevieve Haney

By Amy McGinnis


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Sixers Beach Bash Appearance at Jack’s Place in Avalon

July 24th, 2012 by Leo | Comments Off on Sixers Beach Bash Appearance at Jack’s Place in Avalon | Filed in Basketball, Events, General, Sixers

Sixers Rookies at the Beach Bash 2012

This past Saturday the Sixers Beach Bash 2012 at Jack’s Place in Avalon took place.  The event happens every year and gives an opportunity for the fans to come out and meet some of the Sixers personnel and purchase some Sixers related memorabilia.  The event had two parts, one was in the parking lot which had rides and a tent for all ages and the second was in Jack’s Place for those over 21 for a $10 donation.

On hand was the Sixers 15th NBA draft pick Maurice Harkless and well as the freshly picked 2012 Sixers Dream Team Dancers and Sixers legend Sonny

Joe Vallee from, Sixers Legend Sonny Hill, Christopher Leomporra from TSP

Hill.  All of the Sixers personnel happily participated with the fans and attendees of the event by giving autographs and taking pictures for free.  The Sixers Dream Team Dancers also performed for the first time this year with several dances on the stage in the tent and inside of Jack’s Place.


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Paterno Statue Removed

July 22nd, 2012 by Christian | Comments Off on Paterno Statue Removed | Filed in General

Penn State has removed the statue of Joe Paterno outside the football stadium.

I don’t see how they could justify keeping it up, considering the evidence that Paterno knew what was going on…


Keep Cole, Sell the Rest

July 22nd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Keep Cole, Sell the Rest | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

After the All-Star Break, the Phils took four of five games, and some of us thought “Sweet baby Jesus, they’re getting their shit together!” As soon as I uttered that sentence (because, clearly, I’m referring to myself when I say “we” are foul-mouthed), Jonathan Papelbon threw the next game right down the crapper.  The evolution of my commentary during Wednesday’s game can be summed up like this: I’m excited to see Lee and Kershaw —> Some runs would be super right about now —> I hope Papelbon is happy when I take him to court for distress and I sue him for $58 kajillion —> So this is what Schilling felt like in ’93.

It took me awhile to shake the rage I felt toward Papelbon, but I let it go in time for Friday night’s game at home against San Francisco.  My youngest daughter Olivia (she’s four) was excited for her very first Phillies game.  She had fun, but wasn’t a fan of Brandon Crawford’s grand slam in the sixth inning.  She told me “Everyone is mad at him,” meaning Crawford.  I replied, “I know, sweetie.  But you know who we’re mad at? We’re mad at Vance Worley.  And we’re mad at Vance Worley because he should know better than to throw every single pitch right down the middle like that, right?” I saved the extensive spewing of expletives for when she was in bed.

Today was a new day.  My man Cole was taking the mound and I was going to forget all about the nightmare from last night.  Right? Not so much.  A few notable moments from today’s game include:

  1. Shane Victorino earned his 1,000th career hit.  (Can he go now?)
  2. Cole Hamels decided to take offense into his own hands and he went yard.  His first ever homerun should have the subtitle, “I Seriously Hope You Don’t Think I’ll Accept Matt Cain Money.” Pay the man, for shit’s sake.
  3. Ryan Howard hit a three run bomb into right-center field. 

While I was very excited to see the Hamels – Cain matchup today, things definitely didn’t turn out the way I had expected.  I figured Cole would hold the Giants to a run or two, and the Phils’ lineup would get mowed down by Matt Cain.  Hamels ended up with this line: 7.2IP 10H 5ER 3BB 6K, and a season-high pitch count.  Phils lost 6-5 in extras, bringing the losing streak to three.  Philadelphia returned from the ASB winning four of five games … then they went right back to pissing me the hell off.  Was this Cole’s last start at home as a Phillie? I don’t know.  Could you blame the man for walking away from this disaster? I realize that I am quite biased, but to be very honest, Hamels is the one player I’d keep at this point.  I’d keep Chooch, too, if he weren’t older than dirt (says the woman who is thirteen days younger than Ruiz).  Keep Cole, give the man whatever he wants, sell the rest, and start over.  That would be my plan.


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