I haven't gone back through history to see if this really was the worst week ever in sports, but I'm willing to take this week and, sight unseen, put it up against any other week in a contest for "worst sports week ever" and I'll bet I win.
Death? Joe Frazier passed away at age 67. Check.
Greed? The NBA is still toying around with canceling the entire 2011-12 season. Check.
Violent crime? Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint in his native Venezuela and still hasn't been found.
And finally legit "Worst Story Ever" candidate? Two words -- Jerry Sandusky.
So in one final cathartic reminder of just how unseemly the sports world can be, here are three stories outlining the latest twists and turns in the Penn State scandal:
Windows Smashed on Jerry Sandusky's House This is how raw my anger is toward this pervert -- when I hear stories about even the slightest bit of pain or inconvenience inflicted upon him, I am taking great joy. For example, according to this story, Jerry Sandusky's house sustained some recent unexpected damage:
One of the house's main glass windows was smashed in and covered with sheet. Parts of the window pane was also removed, indicating that whatever object was tossed at the window was large.
First, his windows. Soon, his face. Oh, another revelation from this story -- Sandusky lives 1,000 feet from an elementary school. Good thing he's allowed to roam the town free on bail.
Mike McQueary Placed On Adminstrative Leave Of course, McQueary is the graduate assistant turned recruiting coordinator who witnessed Sandusky raping a ten year old in the showers of the football building in 2002, and responded by fleeing the building, telling Joe Paterno the next day, and then co-existing with Sandusky for the next nine years without calling the police. Now, because of threats on his safety, McQueary will be placed on indefinite paid leave from the football program. This is a start. As soon as "indefinite" becomes "permanent" and "paid" becomes "unpaid," then we'll be onto something.
Former Player Sends Money To Sandusky Sam Stellatella, 73, is a three-position player for Penn State from the 1950's. His response to the charges against Sandusky? He sent him $100 to help in his legal defense.
"I know some of the guys sent money," Stellatella told The Associated Press. "Here's the thing, these are horrendous charges against him. But he's still entitled to his day in court. Everybody's prejudged him. He's done horrendous damage to Paterno and (athletic director Tim) Curley and the football program. I don't listen to the news and I don't read the reports of what he did because I would get too upset.
"But he's still entitled to his day in court."
The only funny part of that excerpt is the amount. $100 will cover about ten minutes from any lawyer worth a shit. You know how your grandmother still sends you $5 in your birthday card even once you're an adult, like $5 can buy anything in 2011? That's Stellatella; in his mind, it's like he thinks $100 makes a dent in those pesky legal fees. My recommendation would be for Stellatella to get over the possibility of getting "too upset" and read the grand jury report. I'm guessing he would quickly put a stop payment on his check to Sandusky (You know that Stellatella writes actual checks; no way he does things electronically at age 73.) and donate it to an organization like heathevans.org or proudtobeapennstater.com.
Listen to Sean Pendergast on Yahoo! Sports Radio and 1560 The Game from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays, and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SeanCablinasian.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.