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PSU should stand united against NCAA


October 7, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

The following is a copy of an e-mail that I recently sent to Penn State President Rodney Erickson.

We as consumers need to start thinking for ourselves and not following aimlessly like lemmings who follow each other to their deaths by jumping over cliffs into the ocean. We need to stand up in every way we can to the NCAA.

Hit them in their wallets - where it hurts.

As an alumni who has attended Penn State football games since my high school years in the late 1960s, I feel I need to address yet another shall I say misstep by the university that I so love.

The NCAA felt it necessary to sanction innocent players, fans and alumni in many ways.

The one I need to address is the ban on bowl games for four years. As we the fans, alumni and players have no control over this, we do have verbal input. To that end, I find it extremely disappointing that the university continues to sell/promote Tostitos by selling them at the stadium.

The Tostitos (Fiesta)?Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned bowl game. If we are not good enough or moral enough to play in their bowls, then we shouldn't be promoting their products.

We need to stand united on all fronts and control the small things that the NCAA so ungraciously allowed us.

Throw out the Tostitos as they threw us out. Why bankroll them when they sanction us? Let's support local businesses - those who continue to support the university.

Jacklyn Bartley Kephart


Playoff schedule puzzling

Once again, Major League Baseball can't get it right.

If the Steelers and Ravens were even after 16 games in the NFL regular season, one team would be declared the North Division winner and the other a wild card or nothing at all if their records weren't as good as two other potential wild-card teams in the AFC.

There would be no extra tiebreaker game just to determine a division winner from a wild-card team and thus give all the other playoff-bound teams a decided advantage heading into the playoffs by resting up an extra week, licking their wounds as if they had a bye week.

We saw it play out last week with a multiple scenarios involving the Orioles, Yankees, A's and Rangers.

It doesn't make sense for a five seed (loser of A's-Rangers) to sit and rest while the potential one seed or at worst a two seed must play an extra game with the four seed for the right to play a five seed on Friday.

And don't even get me started on the ridiculous 2-3 format the Eastern League started this year. Anyway you slice it: If the Curve would have backed into the playoffs as the two seed, a season-ticket holder never had the opportunity to see his team (Altoona, of course) clinch the division title or Eastern League title at home.

Any way you start (0-2, 2-0 or split 1-1), you still are forced to win it all on the road as opposed to the traditional 2-2-1 format just to save a few bucks in gas.

Stan Risser


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