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Penn State’s Student Ticket Campout Group Will No Longer Be Called Paternoville [Penn State Scandal]


Dom Cosentino

Penn State's Student Ticket Campout Group Will No Longer Be Called PaternovillePenn State students have pitched tents outside Beaver Stadium in order to score the best seats for that week’s football game for nearly 20 years. Starting with the 2005 home game against Ohio State, the name of that tent city became known as Paternoville, and it was eventually recognized by the university as an official campus organization. But in what Ben Jones of StateCollege.com is calling “the first significant step in sanitizing Joe Paterno from university imagery,” the group has decided to change its name to Nittanyville.

And, yes, the damaging revelations in last week’s Freeh Report triggered renewed discussions that led to the change. Here’s what Jeff Lowe, the group’s vice president, told Ben Jones:

“The idea of being in the middle of a political war over the name, due to our association with Joe Paterno, has to lead to threats, hate mail and efforts from people outside of Penn State to try and ruin our ability to run an effective organization,” Lowe said.

The Nittanyville group is also planning to donate some of its fundraising to a newly established children’s protection center. But to judge by the comments on the group’s Facebook page, the name change is not going over well among some Penn State students.

[StateCollege.com]

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Deadspin Up All Night: Be On My Side [Video]


Jack Dickey

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Deadspin Up All Night: Be On My Side Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. Have a good one.

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A Heisman Winner Gets His Close-Up—but Without the Right Music [Stick Jockey]


Owen Good

A Heisman Winner Gets His Close-Up—but Without the Right MusicAs a private-school doormat for decades to two big-boy conferences, until last year most people couldn’t name one guy on the Baylor football roster. Even if Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy in 2011, it didn’t make the school’s fight song any more recognizable last week. Maybe that’s why so few noticed that when NCAA Football 13 released—with Griffin himself on the cover—the Bears didn’t take the field to “Old Fite.

But longtime NCAA Football players can recognize “Generic #7,” or whatever the heck that is playing during Baylor’s video game runout, from a mile off. The song comes from a suite of nondescript tunes dating back to NCAA‘s Create-a-School feature from nearly a decade ago. I was once told a Russian military band was hired to record these songs and, truth be told, they all sound like it. I can’t imagine what a generic fight song sounds like to a Baylor alumnus or fan whose school has gotten a nationwide glamour shot on a video game cover, the likes of which it may never see again.

Baylor isn’t the only school to have its real fight song drop out of the game in the last year. Most notably, “Texas Fight,” the University of Texas’ song, said goodbye to all the rest. Texas AM evidently held out their War Hymn, and “Noble Men of Kyle.” Arkansas’ fight song fell off the back of NCAA Football‘s motorcycle during the off-season, too.

The concentration of fight song holdouts from the old Southwest Conference (TCU likewise was a defector) is curious but has no official explanation from EA Sports. Money is a pretty good guess. For years, Auburn’s fight song was never in the game because the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on licensing terms. But Baylor’s song—and Texas’, and AM’s—was in last years’ edition. Someone may have raised the price on these songs’ inclusion—which in the case of Texas is really curious, as that state last year gave EA Sports a huge hunk of tax incentives to bring jobs to Austin.

For gamers who have long railed against Electronic Arts’ aggressive sale of downloadable content, the fact the publisher saw content held out of its game to be sold back to it is, for sure, richly ironic. But it likewise points to the prohibitive expense of creating a simulation sports title whose presentational elements reflect the “it’s in the game” standard that most consumers expect of all sports video games, even if it’s the motto of just one publisher. That 20-year history of agenda-setting is another reason why it’s such a powerful slogan.

Contrary to what you may think, the package of licenses for which EA Sports pays considerably doesn’t include everything. Songs, especially famous ones, are in some instances privately owned. “Rocky Top” isn’t even Tennessee’s official fight song, but as the band has played a version of the bluegrass hit since the 1970s, most notably after the Volunteers score a touchdown, it’s a bedrock expectation of the Tennessee football experience. I have no idea who controls its rights of publicity for this purpose, but evidently the price was right, because it’s still in NCAA 13

Sometimes there’s no additional price. Georgia Tech’s “Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech” is actually in the public domain and may be played by anyone. “The Victors” at Michigan and The Notre Dame Victory March, perhaps the two most famous fight songs in the nation, are under copyright of their respective universities. Typically, if you pay the fee to the Collegiate Licensing Company, you get the use of all symbols its universities control, and songs would be one of them, assuming a licensed school itself controls their rights.

But when you look at the headache of managing permission to use 124 fight songs, you start to understand why there are so few licensed simulation sports games—and probably why there won’t be a basketball game any time soon: There are more than 345 Division I basketball programs. Fight songs are just one part of it. Actual mascots, whether live or cartoon, may also be owned or have their rights controlled by third parties.

The person who plays the University of Oregon’s Duck mascot got the school in trouble when he appeared in a 2009 rap video supporting the football team. That’s because the Duck doesn’t just look like Donald Duck—he is Donald Duck, and Disney has granted his use to UO going back to a 1947 handshake director between Walt Disney and the school’s athletics director. One assumes Donald appears in NCAA Football by special permission of Disney, the university, or both.

This isn’t just window dressing. To every alumnus or fan of every school, seeing these symbols properly depicted in a game sold to the general public is a hell of an affirmation. It’s prohibitively difficult to determine all of the schools whose fight songs from NCAA 12 didn’t make it to NCAA 13, but there are enough gone that one of the first things I checked was whether N.C. State’s was still there. It is. This sort of thing puts you on the map, the same way Robert Griffin III put Baylor on the map. To leave it out, for whatever reason, is to disappoint a lot of people.

Hardcore video gamers may say they care more about things like authentic, smooth gameplay than whether the Texas Pom Squad is wearing the proper cut of chaps, and maybe they do. More consumers are more likely to spot whether Michigan State is wearing the official shade of green. For years, those details have been an easier standard to meet. Now, as the fight song holdouts illustrate, they would seem to be more expensive.

EA Sports may have driven the expectations of sports games to a point where only a label with its checkbook can, year-in-and-year out, pay for all of these things. In the video games market, EA Sports is often accused of buying the pot. But it wouldn’t surprise me if someone from Texas looked at his cards and still raised the ante.

Correction: Contrary to the previous version of this column, The University of Oregon and Disney, in 2010, modified their arrangement and formally declared The Oregon Duck is not Donald Duck. While Disney continues to receive a portion of sales from licensed memorabilia featuring the printed image of the Duck (drolly described as “Duck Throwing a Fit”), the two sides agreed that the costumed mascot was not Donald purely for reasons of accountabilty and liability. The Oregon Duck had teabagged the Houston Cougar in a 2007 fight before appearing in the 2009 rap video, and his various transgressions and unsanctioned appearances were becoming too much of a headache for Disney or the university to manage jointly in the YouTube age.

A Heisman Winner Gets His Close-Up—but Without the Right Music

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Tim Tebow Refuses To Do Book Signing For Christian Book Store Near Jets Training Camp [Tebowmania]


Sean Newell

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Tim Tebow Refuses To Do Book Signing For Christian Book Store Near Jets Training CampThe New York Jets will kick off their 2012 training camp schedule at SUNY Cortland on July 26, 2012. Excitement is high in the city for the month-long economic/notoriety boon. Even more so than usual because, OHMIGODTIMTEBOW. He’s on the Jets, remember?

The locals are getting ready for his arrival, but it’s not just Tim. Oh, no. It’s much more than Tim.

“A couple months ago, I got a call from a church group, then another and I thought it was interesting, not groups we normally get calls from,” said Jim Dempsey of the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Right now, we have no way of knowing how many more groups will come because of Tim Tebow.

“But we expect a lot.”

Super. What’s more, local shop owners are going to sell snazzy shirts with nifty sayings like “Tebowmania: Training Camp, Cortland, N.Y. It’s Here.” (Shirts only available in size XXL).

With all the excitement, you might have forgotten that in addition to being the most famous backup quarterback in the history of everything, Tim Tebow is also “[t]he author of best-selling memoir ‘Through My Eyes.'”

That is perfect, Kitty Jones—owner of Spirit Life bookstore (the “only Christian bookstore” in Cortland)—likely thought. Tebow’s here. He’s a Christian. And he wrote a book about being both Tim Tebow and a Christian! It’s the perfect storm. We can hold a book signing right here in the store and Spirit Life will be able to fill its coffers for sure.

“They said he is not doing any more signings this year,” Jones said. “I wish he would change his mind. I mean he is going to be here for a month.”

Someone needs to boo the backup quarterback for once.

Image via Getty

The King and his Cort(land): NY Jets’ training camp site pumped for Tim Tebow and Tebowmania
[NY Daily News]

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Statue Of Joe Paterno Will Stand, For Now [Penn State Scandal]


Sean Newell

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Statue Of Joe Paterno Will Stand, For NowDon Van Natta, Jr. is reporting that sources with firsthand knowledge of the Penn State Board of Trustees recent meetings have said the statue will not be torn down, at least for now. The merits of tearing down the statue versus leaving it up can be debated until we’re all blue in the face, and there are reasonable points both pro and con. But the board appears to be paralyzed by the same problems the Freeh Report found with the University’s highest ranking officials.

The trustees’ reluctance to remove the statue is motivated, in part, by a desire not to offend alumni and students who adore the late coach despite the damning findings of his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse cover-up detailed in the Freeh report, the sources said.

Tear it down; don’t tear it down. At the end of the day, it’s just a statue. The real problem is the decision-makers at Penn State continue to concern themselves with matters of perception or fear of a backlash.

But remember, the board of trustees for a major academic institution embroiled in a national controversy is seriously debating whether or not to tear down a statue honoring a football coach. So, you know, maybe that’s your problem right there.

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Sources: Joe Paterno’s statue stays
[ESPN]

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FOX, Umpires Conspire To Confuse The Shit Out Of Everyone Watching The Mets And Braves [Video]


Sean Newell

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FOX, Umpires Conspire To Confuse The Shit Out Of Everyone Watching The Mets And Braves Here is an almost three minute long clip from this afternoon’s Mets-Braves game. The scene: bottom of the fifth, one out, one on (Martin Prado on first), Jason Heyward at the plate. Heyward lines a 1-0 pitch to left and then, well, who the hell knows what happened.

Here’s a best guess. Someone initially called Heyward out on the liner and Prado, who at this point had made it past second base, had to retreat back to first. Only someone else had called Heyward safe and ruled the play a trap. This left Prado marooned between first and second, and tagged out by Ike Davis.

As you watch the clip, you’ll notice that FOX never once updates you on what is happening on the field. “They called it right,” “they’re going to rectify the situation” and a cheering crowd is all we get. There is no trusty diamond graphic in the top right with lit up bases. No little dots signaling how many outs in the inning. Not even a shot of who is on the bases. The only thing on the screen is the umpires and a yelling Terry Collins. Then all of sudden Terry Collins is tossed. So, bad news Mets, we can safely assume.

But to this point, we don’t really know why. Most likely, the umps realized they screwed up the line out/trap call and also realized that they screwed an otherwise safe base-runner out of second base. So they gave him second base. Terry Collins, who just went from being out of the inning to having two men on and still one out, is incensed. So they toss him. Aside from the initial fuck-up, this is really the most egregious fuck-up of the whole thing. Realize that in the process of un-screwing the Braves you just screwed the Mets and relax the trigger finger.

SNY’s Chris Carlin was able to supply a bit more than FOX on this one and tweeted the following:

#Mets If you were curious, here’s why Prado was safe, even though Ike tagged him: Rule 9.02 (c) If the umpires consult after a play and change a call that had
been made, then they have the authority to take all steps that they may deem
necessary, in their discretion, to eliminate the results and consequences of the earlier
call that they are reversing, including placing runners where they think those
runners would have been after the play, had the ultimate call been made as the
initial call,

So there’s basically the umpire’s get out of jail free card. The only problem is, it presupposes something that, until recently, almost never happens: umpires conferring and changing a call.
[FOX, Twitter]

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