On the Freeh Report and PSU

On the Freeh Report and PSU

So a few of you noticed The700Level
did not mention Joe Paterno or Penn State University on Thursday. You
deserve to know we discussed it, and ultimately decided not to touch on
it in the moment.

Most
people already had their minds made up before the facts came out
anyway. Those of us with any ties to the university whatsoever who were
still clinging to the notion Joe Paterno could not have been part of a
cover-up were proven wrong. Personally, I am still unsure of the extent
to which the head coach was involved, but he was involved to some
extent, and that is more than enough.

Still, there are plenty of places
to go if you want to read nothing but damnation of an entire institution
for what a handful of depraved individuals chose to do. We would
describe the scandal as sad, but the fear is that might come off as
deflecting from the true sin here, which is there are victims who have
to live with the heinous crimes inflicted upon them for the rest of
their lives.

But we do discuss sports here, so while something
much larger is at stake, the only part of the story I am truly qualified
to speak on is where we go from here. And since we occasionally cover
PSU football from time to time, yes, I have wondered how we might
approach the upcoming season. I'm here to tell you that I don't have the
answer to that question, but I'm pretty sure there will be football at
Penn State, because more people than just the Paternos are depending on
it.

A massive number of folks in this region and around the
country have earned degrees from Penn State, and thousands more eager,
young minds continue their studies. Others simply spent their lifetimes
cheering for the Nittany Lions. These people had nothing to do with
the sickening events that transpired.

This is not to say it's okay for us --
and by us I mean anybody from any walk of life -- to bury our heads in
the sand either, but the school isn't just going to disappear. Neither
is the football program for that matter, which would be punishing all of
the wrong people anyway -- you know, the hundred or so student athletes
who committed to State College, and the local, non-university economy
that thrives on gamedays.

These men and women did nothing, and
not in the same sense that JoePa did nothing. They actually had zero
involvement. Should a professional pull their degree off of the wall
because it came from Penn State? Should all of the students and student
athletes uproot their lives and transfer? Should hard-working people in
the area quit their jobs, close their businesses, and move away from
their homes over events that were completely out of their hands?

I
suppose it's selfish to think of the impact this scandal has on
ordinary, everyday people, but they seem completely lost in the
equation. Joe Paterno and his ilk deserve every inch of criticism
written about them over the past 24 hours, every sentence handed down by a
jury of their peers, and the university deserves to be sued out the ass.
Everybody else deserves to live their lives with some sense of normalcy
when classes resume in the Fall.

Best of NBA: Heat stun Warriors on Dion Waiters' 3 with 0.6 seconds left

Best of NBA: Heat stun Warriors on Dion Waiters' 3 with 0.6 seconds left

MIAMI -- Dion Waiters' 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left capped his 33-point effort, and the Miami Heat beat Golden State 105-102 on Monday night to end the Warriors' seven-game winning streak.

The Heat wasted a 10-point lead in the final 4 minutes, and Kevin Durant tied the game on a dunk with 11.7 seconds left. With no timeouts, Waiters walked the ball up the court and drilled what became the game-winner over Klay Thompson.

Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer as time expired for the Warriors (see full recap).

Rivers, Crawford lead Clippers past Hawks
ATLANTA -- Austin Rivers scored 27 points and Jamal Crawford broke out of a shooting slump with 19, helping the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-105 on Monday night.

Crawford had eight points in the fourth quarter, including a driving basket after Atlanta cut the Clippers' lead from 24 to five points.

Kent Bazemore led the Hawks with 25 points. Dennis Schroder had 21, and Dwight Howard added 16 points and 12 rebounds (see full recap).

Wizards beat Hornets behind Wall’s 24
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Wall firmly believes the Washington Wizards are a good team with plenty of playoff potential.

The key, he said, "is we just got to believe it every time we step on the court."

Wall had 24 points and seven assists, and the Wizards looked plenty confident as they continued their run up the Eastern Conference standings with a 109-99 win against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night (see full recap).

Kings snap skid with win over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak with a 109-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Ty Lawson added 19 points and helped Sacramento turn the game around with a strong second quarter. Lawson scored nine points in the second, and the Kings outscored the Pistons 37-24 in the period to take a 65-62 lead into halftime.

A 3-pointer by Lawson put Sacramento up 101-90 in the fourth, and the Kings held on from there to stop Detroit's three-game winning streak (see full recap).

Jones, Holiday lead Pelicans past Cavs
NEW ORLEANS -- Terrence Jones filled in brilliantly for injured All-Star Anthony Davis, scoring a season-high 36 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking LeBron James' dunk attempt in the fourth quarter, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-122 on Monday night.

Jrue Holiday added 33 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, and Langston Galloway capped a 12-point night with a clean steal on James' drive in the final minute, preventing the Cavs from erasing a deficit they had trimmed from 22 late in the first half to three with 1:32 left in the game.

Kyrie Irving scoring 35 of his 49 points in the second half, but the Cleveland fell to its fifth loss in seven games. James had 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Henrik Lundqvist's 36 saves leads Rangers past Kings

Best of NHL: Henrik Lundqvist's 36 saves leads Rangers past Kings

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Rangers over the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.

Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel and Mats Zuccarello scored to help New York win its third straight since a three-game skid.

Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford scored, and Jeff Zatkoff finished with 14 saves for Los Angeles, which has lost four straight and five of seven.

Lundqvist has given up just four goals on 84 shots during the winning streak -- including a 1-0 shutout at Detroit on Monday -- after allowing 20 on 113 shots the previous four games.

The veteran goalie needed to be at his best in this one as the Kings, who last played Saturday across town against the Islanders, seemed a step faster from the start and controlled play for most of the first two periods (see full recap).

Caps top 'Canes to extend point streak to 14 games
WASHINGTON -- Defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored twice and the Washington Capitals kept the offense rolling to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Monday night and extend their point streak to 14 games.

Orlov doubled his goal output for the season and Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller also scored for the Capitals, who have won three in a row and haven't lost in regulation since Dec. 27. Washington scored on six of its 25 shots on Cam Ward and handed Carolina its fourth consecutive loss.

Braden Holtby made 25 saves for his 23rd victory of the season. The only goal he allowed came from Jordan Staal on the power play in the first period.

The Capitals allowed the first goal for the first time in 11 games but scored six unanswered to continue their winning ways. They've scored 44 goals in their past eight games (see full recap).

Kadri reaches 20 goals as Leafs beat Flames
TORONTO -- Nazem Kadri scored twice to tie his career high with 20 goals this season, Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs ended a two-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Kadri beat Brian Elliott twice, and Andersen captured his second shutout as a Leaf.

Rookies Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto, which sits third in the Atlantic Division with 53 points.

Elliott gave up four goals on 28 shots, dropping his fourth consecutive start.

The Flames have lost three in a row and five of the past six. They are a point up on Vancouver for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference (see full recap).