Guest Post: The 'Proud To Be A Penn Stater' Call to Action

Guest Post: The 'Proud To Be A Penn Stater' Call to Action

The following is a guest post from Level reader Vince Pierri. It brings an important message and an opportunity to set aside anger, disagreements, and any other divisive forces that have come as a result of the scandal at Penn State. This is a call to action to support victims of sexual abuse and prevent more children from being harmed. These are Vince's words:

It's been a rough few days for everyone who has been following or in any way involved in the incidents at Penn State. The actions that seem to have taken place are absolutely horrifying. I'm not writing this to cast judgement or blame, there's been plenty of that already. I'm sure we'll hear more gruesome details about what exactly happened and what some members of the Penn State administration knew. As a Penn State alum and a father, it's been particularly difficult, emotionally. As a father, I'm horrified to think that people could do such things to children. As a Penn State fan, I'm shocked that such a thing could have occurred at my school. 

I've always had a lot of pride in Penn State and, honestly, a lot of it has to do with the football program. They always seemed to do everything "the right way." I don't think my pride will ever really leave. Penn State is much bigger than the faculty, the football team, or even the current students. I felt that yesterday when I saw a link on a friend's Facebook page. It was called Proud to Be a Penn Stater. I clicked and was glad at what I found.

A grassroots Penn State alumni group (one not affiliated with the University or the Alumni Association) decided they're tired of seeing the focus on the football team and coaches. The real issue so many people seemed to have missed or quickly moved on from is the victims and the horrible crimes committed against them.

Working with RAINN, a charity aimed at helping victims of sexual abuse, the goal is to raise $500,000, which amounts to about $1 for every Penn State alumnus. As of noon today, they've raised almost $100,000. Hopefully, people will see this as a chance to help in some small way.

Most Penn Staters are good people, despite the acts of a few bad ones, and we have a chance to show how well we can band together as a positive force.

Thanks to Vince for sharing this guest post. You can find him on Twitter @vincepierri. Follow Proud To Be A Penn Stater @ProudPennStater.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained. Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted througout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter:

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

All week on Philly Sports Talk on CSN, we examine how our teams got to this point and where they are in the rebuilding process. 

On Tuesday, Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato takes a look at the state of the Sixers

How did we get here?
By now, you all know about “The Process.” The Sixers last competitive season was five years ago when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012. They began dismantling that group, and the following year, went 34-48 under Doug Collins. 

The Sixers then entered a three-year period of dismal basketball with a revolving door of players coached by Brett Brown that culminated in a 47-199 record. During that time, they stockpiled injured players, draft-and-stash prospects and a handful of future picks through transactions made by then-general manager Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie stepped down from his role with a memorable 13-page resignation letter last April. The Sixers hired Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball operations, marking a new chapter in the organization. 

The 2016-17 season was the first glimpse into the potential of “The Process.” They finished 28-54, including a 10-5 month of January. Joel Embiid made his NBA debut after two years. While he was limited to 31 games because of (another) injury, he quickly proved he can dominate when healthy. Dario Saric came to the NBA two years after being drafted in 2014 and emerged as a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate after Embiid was shut down for the season. The Sixers landed the number one pick in the 2016 draft and are waiting on the debut of Ben Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in training camp. This season, the Sixers established legitimate pieces for their future, rather than players who could be on the summer league team. 

Are the Sixers on the right path back to prosperity?
The Sixers are on the right path back to prosperity, and it starts this offseason. They have the third pick in the 2017 draft, with the possibilities of adding another young talent or packaging the pick to land a more established player. The Sixers have flexibility with plenty of cap space — which they could use to acquire a key free agent. The team has maintained they will not rush into making a trade just for the sake of it  — Jahlil Okafor’s future with the Sixers is still uncertain — or spending money just because it’s available. The Sixers showed flashes of potential last season. If they gather the right pieces this summer and — a big “and” — they stay healthy, the Sixers will continue to move toward an upward trend of rebuilding with the longer-term goals (this isn't happening overnight) of becoming a contender again. 

Coming Wednesday: A look at the Phillies' rebuild