People, you need to stop this bickering! What's done is done! Tressel and Terrelle (correct spellings, by the way!)are gone, and were forced out for lying to protect players and for being a problem-child, respectively. OSU will take their penalties, suck it up, and move on. Stop bringing race into this........."it's always the black man's fault", and so-on and so-forth. Please, GIVE ME A FREAKIN' HUGE BREAK!!! Who recruited Pryor to Ohio State to play for a really good team and to get a quality education (TP was an honors student with a paltry amount of hours left till he graduates)? Who threw away his career (maybe) protecting Pryor? Who was like a father figure to TP, a phrase he uses openly? I could go on and on. You guessed it, James P. Tressel, a white man!!!!!!!!!!! Fans blame JT just as much as Pryor! If you don't believe me, go down to the campus of The Ohio State University and see for yourself! Half are for Tressel, half are against him! And you Wolverine fans........STFU! You guys never do anything wrong. DickRod ring a bell? I thought so. The Fab Five-Ed Martin scandal, in one of the all-time biggest college sports scandals, ring a bell? Thought so! The Death Penalty? PLEASE! Are you serious?! Ohio State's List of Allegations is not/will not be close to that of U$C and N. Carolina's and won't be in the same hemisphere as $MU in the 1980's when they received that particular penalty. Remember, the SMU situation at the time involved the Governor of Texas, an SMU grad, making several payments to SMU football players. If you watched that ESPN 30 for 30 special on the SMU Death Penalty, no program comes that close to what they were doing. Their problems led to the end of the SWC years later, a conference death penalty, so-to-speak!
Fans poke fun at Pryor, honor Tressel on Fourth of July
On Monday we celebrated the Fourth of July the only way we know how. Flipping burgers and hot dogs, smoking some ribs, drinking some American beverages of choice, shooting off fireworks and watching a parade down Main Street. I love a parade as much as the next guy but sometimes they get a little stale.
High school marching bands, local servicemen, Boy Scouts and Girl scouts and the occasional float or two. It’s all good fun and it is a way to honor our nation’s past so I have no issues with that. But I have to give credit to some Upper Arlington, Ohio residents who took the opportunity to get one last jab in at former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Professional sports photographer Jim Davidson set his camera up for the Upper Arlington parade on Monday and came away with some nice shots from the parade, including an Angry Birds themed float. But the car representing “Pryor’s Tattoo and Gold Exchange” takes top honors among college football fans. A poster at the end of the car depicts Jim Tressel about to be stabbed in the back by the Ohio State athletics department.
Which brings us to the other big Ohio State parade news of the day.
Doug Lesmerises, Ohio State reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, tweeted that there was a “Tribute to Tresel” in a Columbus parade that featured about 20 people dressed in sweater vests that played well to the crowd. Kids and adults walked down the street in gray sweater vests with a banner that recapped Tressel’s on-field success against Michigan, in the Big Ten and reminding everyone of his lone BCS championship.
The Tressel idea may have been better if blindfolds were part of the gimmick, seeing as he pretended to know nothing about any past violations when given an opportunity to come clean to the athletic department, university and NCAA, but to each their own.