Rutgers AD Julie Hermann Apologizes For Actions of Select Few Fans at Saturday's Game, and It is Absolutely the Wrong Move
CBS- “On behalf of Rutgers University and the athletic department, we would like to apologize for the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans on Saturday that do not convey the message of good, competitive spirit that we look forward to having with our new Big Ten rival, Penn State University. Some of the signage and T-shirts that we have been made aware of were both inappropriate and offensive."
Absolutely fucking despise this move by Hermann. Let's be clear. Hermann was hired at the Rutgers athletic director for one reason, and one reason only. Because she's a cut throat bitch that will do anything to form a successful athletic program. I mean that as a compliment. As a female AD she is already behind the 8 ball when it comes to respect. You would be lying if you say otherwise. In a business where she deals with male higher ups almost exclusively she better be as stone cold as a Steve Austin stunner. I don't want her out powdering asses and kissing babies. Give me the Julie Hermann that said it would be 'great' if the Star Ledger went out of business shortly after they laid off 167 people (article below).
The thing that bothers me about this is that this was not Julie's call. I know it wasn't. This apology came from up top, and is based on the rocky relationship Hermann has with New Jersey newspaper, The Star Ledger. The Star Ledger has made a living off of dismantling every move Rutgers has ever made. While some of the Universities' moves over the last couple years have been questionable to say the least. There is certainly a heavy anti-Rutgers bias within their writing.
Was Hermann acting in poor taste when she told a journalism class that she it would be great for the Star Ledger to meet a untimely demise. Absolutely. Was it a statement that was unprovoked? Absolutely not. Hermann is the Rutgers AD, and IT WOULD BE GREAT for the school if the Star Ledger kicked the can. The state of New Jersey already has a bad enough reputation without its main newspaper outlet dragging the State University through the mud at every turn. What she said was calculated, bold, and most of all, TRUE. Thus furthering my implication that, in the most positive sense of the word, Julie Hermann is kind of cunty.
So basically now we are apologizing for petty shit, because the Star Ledger doesn't want to hear the truth. Julie Hermann doesn't like The Star Ledger, and thinks newspaper is a dying media. Sorry to offend you guys, but you just laid off 167 people roughly 6 months ago. Not only are you a dying media, but you are one that Julie Hermann has the right to hate. It is in the Universities' best interest, as well as her best interest, to dislike the the bullshit your paper spews on a weekly basis.
Saturday was not a day to be criticized, especially by a New Jersey paper. Despite the actions of a few Rutgers fans (and Penn State fans for that matter) the atmosphere in Piscataway was something to behold. It was our first glimpse into what an addition to the Big Ten can do for this school. The stadium was packed and loud, and the entire campus was buzzing. Saturday was easily the best atmosphere the state of New Jersey has ever experienced for a sporting event, and this is a state that hosted the Super Bowl less than a year ago. The money and prestige that the Big Ten conference brings to the University, and thus the State of New Jersey, is the story that should have been covered come Sunday morning. The fact that, despite a loss, Rutgers proved what many thought was impossible, that they will hold their own in their new conference, is also an angle that should have been taken.
Boo fucking hoo. A handful of Rutgers students were less than friendly to a fan base that has openly stood by those responsible for a child molestation scandal? Wow, shocker of the fucking century. Despite what some may think, this isn't a New Jersey being 'Jersey" thing. I openly acknowledge that making light of an awful situation isn't the classiest of decisions. Fuck that though, this is major college football we are talking about . In case you have been living under a rock, it is a well known fact that fans of major college football programs are rough around the edges. We're talking bout college kids. If the AD had to apologize for every disgraceful thing I did in college she would have been my own personal publicist. Fact is, It is a very select group of individuals that are being apologized for.
I had the chance to purchase a "Beat Ped State" t-shirt while I was tailgating and decided against it, despite how the mere site of it made me giggle. I was at, or around, High Point Solutions Stadium from 10am until game time, and after the game until the wee hours of morning. I was hanging out in the trenches all day and witnessed only a handful of altercations with Penn State fans over the 16 hour stretch I was there.
Only a handful of altercations between these two fan bases should be applauded, not ridiculed. It could have been much, much worse. Did Penn State apologize when students took the street last week chanting, disgraced former leader, Joe Paterno's name? Fuck. And. No. You know why? Because Pennsylvania newspapers support their State University. They don't pick apart the actions of the minority (the ones chanting in the street) and claim it as the norm.
Let's not act like a Rutgers' student was the first person ever to print a "Beat Ped State" shirt. Get the fuck out of my face. Anyone that truly believes that can go piss in the wind. I'm not sure who the person responsible for posting pictures of people wearing such t-shirts on the Rutgers football Facebook page is , but that should be the only person apologizing. And honestly, so what? It's fucking Facebook. Cry me a river. The pussification of America is alive and well, and this less than sincere apology is proof positive of that.