Penn State Shafted Again

Well, it’s happened again.  After a scheduled off week, PSU got leap-frogged in the rankings by Texas Tech, who beat Texas on a last-second TD last night 39-33.  As a result, TTU got 12 first-place votes to PSU’s six, allowing the Red Raiders to pass PSU by three points in the AP Top 25.  Shameful.  That’s just way too high for TTU to leap after the upset win, at home no less and one they very nearly blew after a big lead.  Big win, yes.  Sufficient to jump four places in the AP poll?  I don’t think so.  If I were Florida, I’d complain loudly as well, since they blew out Georgia 49-10 on the road.

Yet another reason why I have long advocated a playoff system in college football.  If only athletes didn’t have those pesky classes and exams to take…

[Edit: The USA Today poll has PSU #2 and TTU #3, but projections are that TTU will be #2 in the BCS.]

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  1. Well, even a four team playoff is better than this. So it shouldn’t be a problem getting in one extra game for only four schools.

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  2. sorry about your bills jason…

  3. True Joe, or two.

    Thanks, Mike. They just blew it–holding and moving the ball for a full quarter without scoring was the turning point. They’re pretty good, but not good enough to overcome turnovers and penalties. They’re not quite there yet. Thankfully, the division is still open enough for them to take it with a better second half.

  4. I heard this via a person that probably doesn’t know what they are talking about: “Obama doesn’t support the troops.” I am assuming that they probably skewed it somehow. Will you educate me on this? I know nothing of politics.

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  5. joe–it’s very important that you understand that obama fully supports not only the troops we have overseas but the injured vets back here at home. he was one of the first people to make an issue of the terrible conditions at walter read hospital—

    i strongly urge you to vote for obama–for your own interests and the interests of this country which has been brought low by the last 8 years of willfulness, corruption and aggression.

  6. Thanks for the question, Joe. The fact of the matter is that many in the military think that Obama–or any Democratic president, really, for Clinton and Carter faced the same accusations–“doesn’t support the troops” because they think (not entirely wrongly but not quite accurately, either) that Democratic candidates and presidents will do nothing but slash military budgets. Much of this canard started with Reagan’s attacks on Carter, who happened to increase military spending in his lats two years in office. Clinton cut the military budget, not a bad move since the Cold War was over and there were other more pressing priorities. By the way, the military budget under Clinton was still in the hundreds of billions annually, over $250 billion annually if memory serves. There are probably fears that Obama might cut the military budget–as I believe he should for the sake of sanity as well as economy–because he may end up ending at least one of the two seemingly permanent wars the US is currently fighting. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, to me. Nor were he to do so would the US be any less safe. While other powerful nations such as China and Russia exist, the US perennially spends exponentially more than those nations, and most other of the most industrialized nations combined, on the military, making the US military way more powerful than any other country by a mile. Cutting the budget by, say, a hundred billion by ending this nonsensical war in Iraq for starters would plug much needed money into worthy causes such as health insurance, shoring up gutted pension systems, providing computers for literally every school in America, and the like. Ask yourself whether or not those are bad things, and I’d suggest asking follow-up questions to probe your acquaintance’s accusation. Make people be specific. If they can’t, they’re usually talking out of their asses.

    I also think Obama gets a bad rap because people want to make a big deal about whether or not Obama wears a flag pin on his lapel, as if that were THE sign of patriotism. In addition to Obama’s stated opposition to the war, ask yourself, is it really unpatriotic to not have on a flag pin, to oppose stupidly planned, grotesquely expensive wars based on lies? I don’t think so, nor do I wear flag pins. Patriotism isn’t something about which to be ostentatious but smart, such as, say, supporting the Constitution and opposing a president whose administration authorized torture, the suspension of habeas corpus to hold prisoners indefinitely (something the fourth amendment was explicitly designed to prevent given holding prisoners indefinitely was an oppressive aspect of British colonial rule, thus habeas corpus [“you may have the body” i.e. “prisoner”]), creating an unaccountable presidency, and more. I’d contend it’s patriotic to uphold the Constitution, and Obama has a pretty good record on this. It isn’t what one shows, but what one does.

    Ask yourself what patriotism really means, what it means to be a good citizen, what rights in this country mean. Then ask yourself what your acquaintance’s ideas about them are. Just as importantly, ask yourself what Obama has done about these, and what McCain did, which in McCain’s case was to stick to President Bush’s side in order to cozy up to the GOP base for votes on torture while failing to provide oversight to a presidency run amok. That’s McCain’s legacy, in addition to changing his position on torture, disgracefully, since he was tortured as a POW in Vietnam.

    Obama did speak out early against the conditions at Walter Reed. Mike is right about that. Ask yourself one last question, Joe. Where’s George Bush? The guy is such a pariah that he’s not out campaigning for anyone. People in his own party have run from him like the plague, rightly so, because he’s so damn unpopular. Yet all these people, including the pseudo-maverick McCain, all were cozy as could be with him for years as he and his slack-jawed, malfeasant administration ran rough-shod over the American people and their rights, the Constitution, our budget with immensely expensive wars and needless tax cuts to the wealthy at every turn, all the while as he sat stupid in apoplectic reaction to the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina–among so many other acts of poor government. That’s the guy to whom McCain got cozy to try to be president, nothing short.

    I’d vote Obama, some differences on views I have with him notwithstanding. I’ve never considered myself Republican or even much in sympathy with Republicans over too many issues. After the last eight years, I can’t ever see myself voting for a Republican, not even for dog catcher. After Bush, they owe the nation a BIG apology.

    Regardless, go vote. You’ll feel good afterward.


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