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PSU fans ought to change ways and salute Navy

September 13, 2012 - Neil Rudel
Penn State fans have had a disturbing pattern of booing the visiting team upon its entry to Beaver Stadium for many years.

Joe Paterno didn't like it, and he often pleaded/scolded Nittany Lion fans for not being more gracious.

JoePa often talked about how a team should respect its opponent. It's one reason he didn't stand for taunting. He would talk about how when he played handball at Rec Hall, that he didn't want to play against someone he could dominate on a regular basis, and the better the competition, the more it should be appreciated.

In the game at Wisconsin in 2006 when he broke his leg, Paterno gestured angrily at Wisconsin fans that booed the Lions when they took the field at Camp Randall.

If you thought the Sandusky scandal and the NCAA's apparent threat of shutting the program down would have changed that perspective, you would have thought wrong as Ohio University's team was roundly booed at the outset of the Lions' home opener two weeks ago.

Penn State ought to change that, and there's no better time than Saturday when Navy comes to town.

Nittany Lion fans ought to stand and cheer the Midshipmen for their service to our country and, with that, adopt a personal policy to stop booing -- whether it's a service academy or even Ohio State.

I realize it's tough to control 110,000 -- OK, these days, closer to 90,000 -- and it became fashionable to boo at sporting events from the beginning of time.

But if this offseason has taught us anything, it's that it's time to turn the page.

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