On the Docket – June 13, 2012

Welcome to the debut edition of Fantasy Judgment’s “On the Docket.”  This will be a headlines-styled column where we run down the day’s most interesting and compelling stories and events.  The length of the column and the number of topics covered will be dependent on what is happening each day.  On a slow news day, I will not waste your time or my time discussing what happened on the previous episode of Swamp People.  Spoiler alert: some redneck was hanging out in uninhabitable marshland.  So without further adieu, here is the inaugural edition of On the Docket for June 13, 2012.

Nittany Lyin’ by a Graham Cracker

The Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State is one of the most disturbing stories around unless you are a method actor auditioning for a villainous role on Law &  Order: SVU.  The criminal trial is underway and former assistant coach Mike McQueary testified about what he saw when he walked in on Sandusky and a young boy in the shower in 2001.  McQueary testified that he first contacted his father, who then told him to speak to coach Joe Paterno.  Paterno then supposedly brought to the attention of the Athletic Director and a university Vice President.  They then supposedly informed Penn State President Graham Spanier about Sandusky’s conduct.  NBC News reported that they had a smoking gun in the form of a 2001 email from Spanier to Gary Schultz and Tim Curley telling them “it would be humane to Jerry Sandusky not to involve the authorities in the investigation.”  This is proof that there was in fact a cover-up and more charges could be filed against Spanier.  My hope is that Graham Spanier is sent to prison for the rest of his life trying to fend off sex offenders giving him the Sandusky treatment.

Heat Stroke

In one of the most anticipated NBA Finals in recent memory, the two best teams in the NBA squared off as the Miami Heat took on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  After having an incredible finish to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics, LeBron James was looking to dispell his reputation as a choke artist by leading the Heat to his first NBA championship.  However, it was the same old LeBron as he forgot that NBA games have four quarters.  Instead, Kevin Durant stole the spotlight and led the Thunder to a Game 1 victory.  LeBron may have taken his talents to South Beach, but he left his heart somewhere in Cleveland.  And people generally still think he is a giant douchebag who can’t win the big one.

Earl Hebner is also a boxing judge

We all know that professional wrestling is scripted.  Calling it fake undermines the athletic abilities of the superstars who do risk life and limb when they perform.  However, the results and interactions are pre-determined by Vince McMahon and others.  After this past weekend’s Manny Pacquiao/Tim Bradley welterweight championship bout, it appears that professional boxing is less real than wrestling.  For two of the judges to award the fight to Bradley after Pac-Man dominated most rounds gave the same stench as Vince McMahon’s infamous Montreat screwjob of Bret “The Hitman” Hart.  Boxing is in deep trouble as it lacks the popularity and appeal it once had in the days of Mohammed Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, and Evander Holyfield.  Things like this continue to erode the remaining credibility of the sport.  Promoter Bob Arum has requested an investigation and inquiry into the official scoring of the fight. 

“The public has a right to know (what happened). The fighters have a right to know,” said Arum, who promotes Pacquiao and Bradley. “The only way to restore fans’ confidence in boxing is by letting an independent body investigate every detail of the fight no matter how big or small. Sunshine never hurt anyone.”

Regardless of what light is shed after an investigation, the fact remains that Arum will have the last laugh because a rematch will likely take place on November 10, 2012.  You can bet that this controversy will help buy-rates.  If that doesn’t sit well with you, go play Mike Tyson’s Punch Out on Nintendo.  Don Flamenco is waiting for you.

Lou Gehrig is rolling in his grave

On Tuesday night, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam which tied him with Lou Gehrig for the most in baseball history.  Outside of having the same number of grand slams, A-Rod and Gehrig couldn’t be more different if they tried.  Normally an accomplishment like this would be revered and admired by all.  But who knows how many of A-Rod’s grand slams were hit with the benefit of performance-enhancing drugs? Also, A-Rod has been vilified by Yankees fans because of his selfish persona, spats with Derek Jeter, and poor playoff performances.  Today, Lou Gehrig does not consider himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

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