TD’s Take – 6/24/2012 (Jerry Sandusky Edition)
Hi folks, welcome to a morning edition of TD’s Take. This will be a quick read because I really only have one topic that I wanna touch on today. Let’s not waste anymore time and get on with it.
Jerry Sandusky – Found guilty on 45 out of 48 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. We’re looking at a minimum of 60 to a maximum of over 400 years in prison. Now, unless he’s taken some of that Immortality Serum that I’ve heard absolutely nothing about, he will die in prison. Sentencing is in 90 days, but we all know what’s gonna happen. He plans an appeal, but it’s very unlikely that it will even get heard.
For what it’s worth, I feel very strongly about any kind of abuse, especially to children. They’ve already thrown the book at him by finding him guilty of 45 of the charges, but they can still throw harder. I expect the maximum possible sentence, which would see him serve over 400 years in jail. As it is, it’s essentially a life sentence. Well deserved too, this cretin should never see the day of light again. I cannot fathom how he was able to get away with such an act for so long.
Penn State now has to try and make their way forward from what in my eyes is the biggest scandal in the history of college sports, and easily one of the biggest scandals in sports in general. This will affect recruiting for their sports programs in a huge way, because who’s gonna want to come and play for a university that has been dragged through the mud? The trust has to be restored, and it’s going to take a very long time for it to happen.
Like it or not, this is the late Joe Paterno’s legacy now. Not the games he won, not the championships he won, not the graduation rate of his players or anything like that. Jerry Sandusky’s actions will define Joe Paterno’s career at Penn State, as he and the university’s previous regime allowed this to go on for so long. Paterno himself said before he died: “I wish I had done more”. We all do, Joe. People around Penn State may never stop loving you, but you let them down by not doing more. Penn State University let down the boys that Sandusky abused. For the victims sake, I hope that Sandusky rots until his very last day, and that the victims can now put this whole thing in the rear-view mirror and go forward with their lives in a positive way.
That’s gonna do it for TD’s Take for today. If you want more of my musings, continue to check back to this page every so often. Also, hit me up on Twitter @RealTomDelgado. Until we meet again, friends.