Prior to this past week, I would have immediately said that the 1919 Black Sox scandal, where the White Sox threw the World Series against the Reds, was the worst scandal in American sports history.
Well, with all the disgraceful events coming out of Penn State this week I would say we have a new "Worst Scandal in American Sports History."
With the Black Sox, it was a crime that shook the sports confidence of America. Certainly a horrible event and a terrible black eye. But who got hurt? Sports fans of all ages, the entire sport of baseball, the players who threw the games and the gamblers who didn't turn a profit.
Who got hurt in the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal perpetrated by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky? Kids. Kids getting hurt trumps gamblers and sports fans. Then the collateral damage of everyone involved with Penn State. I feel for the innocent people who work at Penn State, who graduated from PSU and the players. Still, young boys were hurt in this case beyond my comprehension thereby making it the worst sports scandal ever.
Penn State played yesterday, losing to Nebraska 17-14. The announced attendance was 107, 903. Wouldn't it have been nice if Penn State's trustees said, "Thanks for coming and for your support. All the gate proceeds from this game will go towards victims of child abuse and child abuse prevention programs."
Finally, there was a moment of silence for the victims of Jerry Sandusky, also known as one of the biggest pieces of shit ever. Did anyone else feel uncomfortable watching that? Wasn't silence the problem and why Sandusky was able to sodomize young boys for such a long period of time?