Good morning, and welcome to the brand new, as well as updated version of the Daily Noontime!
We’ve changed our look, and will now be focusing on providing updates, games summaries, and news pertaining toward Boston and New England sports. So, without further ado, let’s get the Daily Noontime for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011 underway!
* The Celtics evened their record to 3-3 on Monday, as Boston defeated Washington, 100-92. Ray Allenled the Green and White with 27 points, while rookie center Greg Stiemsmarecorded 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a span of 21 minutes. Also, Paul Pierce finished the contest with 21 points, and eight rebounds. Boston will look to extend their winning streak to four games on Wednesday when they welcome the 1-5 New Jersey Nets to the TD Garden.
* Other basketball scores from Monday included University of Rhode Island defeating Boston College, 78-72, and Northeastern University beating Towson, 57-48.
* According to ESPN – the Jacksonville Jaguars have been granted permission to talk with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien in regards to their head coaching vacancy. However, sources have confirmed that O’Brien is the leading candidate to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.
* The Boston Bruins will enjoy another day of rest before traveling to New Jersey on Wednesday to face the Devils. The Black and Gold have won seven of their last eight contests, and will look to snap their current one-game losing skid.
I was disappointed, but not surprised, that the Penn State-Nebraska game as well as the rest of the season’s schedule was not canceled last Saturday. The alleged crimes and cover up were so serious that the priority should have been the continuation of the investigation of the criminal and civil aspects of this affair. The future of major college football can be decided on later.
The culture of America is continually a story of the influence of money and associated greed. We see it in politics, lobbying and legislation at all levels, sports, and in many other areas.
The purpose of a college or university is education and not in running a minor league for professional sports. Overemphasis on college sports goes back almost a hundred years. President Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago shut down his top echelon football program, due to concern over the problems which big time college sports brought with it. Many, but not enough, of our top colleges and universities have kept control over their sports programs. Spring football practice is not allowed, full athletic scholarships are not awarded, and academic requirements are enforced. Intramural athletics, which all students are required to participate in, is more important than intercollegiate athletics.
Schools like Penn State will have to adjust to the reality of finding other ways to meet their budget requirements, rather than depending on an inappropriately large football or basketball program.
I hope that one of the results of this episode is the de-emphasis of current football programs at certain Universities.
Penn State and other Universities have excellent academic programs, and will survive the current distortion in values. The disgraced president and football coach at Penn State have made major contributions in their fields, and it is sad to see them end their careers in this manner. The problems of those who are being, and will be punished for their roles in this scandal are less than the trauma and long-term psychological lifetime stresses inflicted on the abused children.
On Wednesday, Penn State’s football head coach Joe Paterno announced that he’ll officially retire at the end of the current college football season due to recent allegations pertaining toward various sexual abuse, which occurred under his watch.
Here’s his comments toward the media, and fans via the Boston Globe’s website — CLICK HERE.