Football, Family Traditions, and Legends in the Making

My family and I went to the Georgia Bulldogs football game on Saturday where they beat the snot out of the Auburn Tigers. We did the whole experience. We went to the corner of the field at the end of the game and cheered on the players as they went to the locker room. One of the kids even got a sweaty glove! They had their picture taken with the quintessential Georgia fan who paints his baldhead with a bulldog for every game and also with “Russ,” the UGA stand-in for the unexpectedly departed UGA VIII. They even rang the bell on North Campus—a tradition after every Georgia victory.

All in all, it was a great day and a wonderful tradition for our family. Both my husband and I went to the University of Georgia where we met and fell in love. After such an awesome day at our almamater, it got me to thinking about Penn State University. Our family takes great pride in being a fan of Georgia football. We have a well-respected coach and an iconic program. My memories of the University are so intertwined with my memories of Georgia football, I’m not sure how I’d feel if one or both were embroiled in scandal.

Of course, the verdict is still out on all fronts, but I feel for the alumnae and their families who, like us, have grown up loving the traditions around the esteemed football program. The victims of the scandal are the ones who deserve our most heartfelt support, but the alumnae and fans are left feeling…lost and not sure where to place their allegiance. I’d imagine they feel like I did when I realized Santa wasn’t real and that my mom was the Tooth Fairy—shocked, saddened, and very disappointed.

We have wonderful friends who are PSU grads and huge fans of the program. For their sake and for the sake of the victims, I hope everyone responsible is brought to justice. If we take anything away from this developing scandal, I hope it is the knowledge that sometimes doing the right thing, both morally and legally, is what being a true legend is all about.

About Christy Hayes

A wife, a mother and a writer of romantic women's fiction. I love dogs, exercise and cable news.

Posted on November 14, 2011, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Athletics and politics seem to be arenas where participants feel they are above “doing the right thing”. It’s sad to see what has happened to such a storied American icon as Penn State football, but I hate it even more when attorneys for the abused children in this case say these kids feel a sense of guilt for the impact these crimes have had on PSU. Seriously? These poor kids feel guilt?? It’s a pretty messed up world when people are more upset by the decimation of a college football program than the destruction of a child’s innocence. When did a game become more important than a child?

  2. So true, Tracy, and such a sad statement about our society.

  3. Nice post, Tracy. It really is sad to think of how affected the young people are from having experienced this disgusting crime. And it truly is sickening that people stood by and knew this was happening and did nothing. They’re just as guilty as the perpetrators of these crimes.

  4. It’s a terrible story to be sure. It’s horrible to think these people stood by silent while they knew this was going on.

    And this seems like one more stake in the heart of our society. Once we are proven to be completely lacking in morals, we as a whole are finished.

    • Dianne,
      I think that is the most shocking–the absolute lack of morals of the individuals who knew or suspected this was going on.

  5. Lack of morals and not doing the right thing is as old as man. In the old days, this sort of behaviour was covered up. But now in today’s society, we’re fortunate there is help for the victims. The schools teach our children not to be afraid to speak up and when they do speak up, they are listened to.

    Anyone who makes them feel guilty should be shot. And yes, I said that out loud. 🙂

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