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Onward Debates: Root Against Pats

On Saturday night in front of a national primetime audience, the New England Patriots, with new Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien running the offense, will take on the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. There are many reasons Penn State fans should root against the Patriots.

First, duties with the Patriots are taking away the ability for Coach O’Brien to get to work on his new job, leading the Penn State football program. January is a crucial month in the recruiting process as National Signing Day approaches on February 1. Amidst the ongoing chaos in Happy Valley, two top prospects de-committed, and some who were leaning towards the choice of Penn State signed elsewhere. There have been rumors of top commits Camren Williams and Armani Reeves of Massachusetts looking toward Ohio State, Michigan and other schools. O’Brien needs to be out on the road meeting and securing his commitments from the class of 2012. If the Patriots lose on Saturday, this allows O’Brien to do this before National Signing Day. If the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl, O’Brien will still be working with the Patriots past Signing Day. This can only have a negative impact on recruiting.

To be honest, I’ve really had enough of Tom Brady and his silky flowing hair. The Patriots have already won 3 super bowls in the past decade; it is time for some parity in the NFL. The Patriots are once again a top seed in the playoffs, earning the number one seed and home field advantage. Besides Pats fans, why would anyone want to see them win? I am a bitter Eagles fan who still has nightmares over our Super Bowl defeat to the Patriots in 2005. I know there are many Penn State students who are Eagles fans.  I’m sure an Eagles fan would agree: anytime the Patriots come up short is OK with me.

To top it off, the Patriots are playing against the Broncos. You all know what that means: TIM F—ING TEBOW! Jesus has resurrected in the form of an unskilled, God-loving left-handed quarterback with putrid throwing mechanics who runs around like a fullback. He already took down the Steelers, so it is clear that if you are a good Christian, you must root for Tebow. If not, you are probably going to hell and Penn State’s 2012 recruiting class will suck.

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Sam Cooper

Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.

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