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November 27, 2012
Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Wanna hear a good one?

This has to be the ultimate in whining...

More specifically, whining about your team being punished for violation of rules and regulations, from players on up to the head coach, and then admitting to those violations and having to accept the consequences.

A couple of years back, several athletes from "The" Ohio State University were found to have traded game tickets and other items to private businesses in exchange for tattoos and other special considerations, a direct violation of c conduct and ethics rules in place for student athletes, as established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA.

The players found to be in violation of these rules admitted their guilt, and in several cases, were suspended from "The" Ohio State Buckeyes football team for those violations.

But the buck didn't stop there. Former Buckeyys Head Coach Jim Tressel first denied knowing anything about these incidents, but after investigations, admitted he had been made aware of the incidents. For not being truthful and forthcoming with that information, Coach Tressel parted company with the Buckeyes.

As a punishment for the whole mess, the NCAA declared the Buckeyes would be ineligible to play in any post-season bowl games or to play for the Big 10 Conference championship this season.

End of story. Right? I don't think so, Tim.

Early last week, some intrepid Buckeye supporters posted a petition on the official White House website, asking President Barack Obama to grant a pardon their football team from its NCAA sanctions. Here's what these folks asked the President in their petition.

"The Ohio State University football team is one win away from an undefeated season. However, due to imposed sanctions, they are not allowed to participate in their conference's championship game or the following bowl season. While a punishment for past indiscretions is to be expected, a bowl season ban is too harsh for a few young men trading memorabilia for tattoos and some change. The offending players and coach who covered it up are no longer part of the program. Please exercise your executive power to pardon the NCAA's excessive sanctions placed on The Ohio State Buckeyes to enable a rightful, satisfying culmination to the college football season for the American people."

As if President Obama doesn't have enough on his plate, with the fiscal cliff, ongoing deficits, and unrest in the Middle East to worry about now this bunch of dunderheads (and that's not the word I'd really like to use to describe them, but this is a family publication) honestly think they deserve to be put above the nation's problems?

Now, this is the point where we need to remind folks that Penn State is also ineligible by NCAA sanction, for any post-season bowl games or conference championships, for their own problems in the "Showergate" fiasco that brought about the downfall of the legendary Coach Joe Paterno.

But you don't see Penn State fans sending petitions to the White House, do you?

If all this foolishness has you a little disgusted with college football, you should be happy to know that the petition has since been removed by

If it wasn't obvious enough to the Buckeye folks that President Obama was not going to pardon the football team of their tattoo wrongdoings, the removal of the petition from the White House website should make it very loud and clear that the Buckeyes will have to wait another year to participate in the postseason, whether the President is an Buckeye or a Wolverine fan.

Personally, I think he cheers for the Cubs and the Bears, myself.



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