Tim Crone: Let’s hope officials will learn much from Penn State scandal
It’s a fun time of year in sports – the Olympics, baseball playoffs are shaping up and football is just around the corner.
The one sports situation that is still weighing heavy on me is Cheap Oakley Sunglasses, Jerry Sandusky and his hideous acts. The investigation has now shown that head coach Joe Paterno had at least some prior knowledge and the administration – including the athletic director and university president – was involved in a cover-up.
That causes every person, no matter race, religion or culture, to re-evaluate priorities. It concerns me that we might be headed for disaster when we allow money or a bigger-than-life football program to interfere with our judgment of right and wrong.
There is no excuse for the abuse of a child – period! My Cheap Oakleys has been dedicated to sports and my personal philosophy is all about a team concept. The principle of right and wrong should dominate any organization or team.
In the case of Penn State, the program now has no value. In their case, to do things right was apparently just lip service. Penn State is without a doubt a super learning institution. The football program was financially rewarding for years. It now appears it was all for naught. The personnel at the top are totally responsible for allowing an unspeakable situation to occur and continue to occur.
Now that it has occurred, I pray that it becomes a learning experience that all coaches, athletic directors and university presidents and vice presidents will be vigilant about and not allow a reputation or loss of revenue to cloud their Oakley outlet of right and wrong.
• The Independence Parks and Recreation Department honored former players who played at Crysler Stadium (now named Bill Brewster Field) and who made into the big leagues. What a nice gesture!
• The 2012 Olympic Dream Team doesn’t hold a candle to the original Dream Team. Get real.
• The recent death of former Kansas City Central High School great Warren Armstrong (later known as Warren Jabali) was an eye-opener for me. I realized that I was able to witness the greatest area high school basketball player in history play. Even in 1963 and 1964 when I watched him play, I realized that the blue sunglasses was “it.”
• The Royals have a great young nucleus, but someone needs to show them how to win.
• My quote this week is from Kathy Whitworth, former LPGA professional golfer and Golf Hall of Famer: “Class is honesty. Honesty with yourself makes you comfortable with yourself. Being honest with yourself also makes you understand that you’re no better or no worse than anyone else.”