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‘Sweet Caroline’ No Longer Welcome at Penn State Football Games: Appropriate or Overreaction?

Fef 2012/08/27 22:00:00
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Penn State football fans now have less to cheer about this season. Graham Watson of Yahoo! Sports writes, "Sweet Caroline," which is a big fan participation song during games, is being cut because of the lyrics, more specifically the line "touching me, touching you."

Penn State made this decision in reaction to the conviction of Jerry Sandusky, the assistant coach
who sexually abused children.

Penn State received heavy sanctions from the NCAA and several players transferred out of the football program.

SPORTS.YAHOO.COM reports:
Don't expect to hear Neil Diamond's hit "Sweet Caroline" at Penn State football games this season. According to Cory Geiger, a writer for the Altoona Mirror, the song has been cut from the rotation along with several other tunes...

Read More: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/sw...

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  • ikeknight 2012/09/30 03:20:22
    Overreaction
    ikeknight
    +1
    It's a bad song, so it doesn't really matter.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/09/10 06:17:43
    Overreaction
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    Some People need to get a life.
  • JohnT 2012/09/05 00:11:24
    Overreaction
    JohnT
    +1
    That is over the top, but the situation was so deplorable it is understood that anything associated with the past must be put to rest.
  • Ryan Young 2012/09/04 06:03:45
    Overreaction
    Ryan Young
    As a fan of penn state i am very saddened to hear all of the news about them. The NCAA are punishing the wrong group.The football team werent the people who raped the children. then why are they getting punished
  • bt sedlock 2012/09/04 04:54:50
    Appropriate
    bt sedlock
    +1
    I meant to vote overeaction I didn't exactly know how this subject was worded. I have no problem with Sweet Caroline being played at Penn State Football games. What's big deal anyway? It's just a song.
  • Edwin Arneson 2012/09/04 02:13:27
    Overreaction
    Edwin Arneson
    Dumb!
  • Sissum71*AFCL* 2012/09/03 22:33:22
    Overreaction
    Sissum71*AFCL*
    +1
    Was one of the boys named Caroline?
  • Bob DiN 2012/09/03 22:24:49
    Overreaction
    Bob DiN
    +1
    Makes no sense at all.
  • bt sedlock Bob DiN 2012/09/04 04:55:46
    bt sedlock
    Exactly it makes no sense at all.
  • Bob DiN bt sedlock 2012/09/04 04:56:09
    Bob DiN
    Agreed.
  • Miranda 2012/09/02 20:10:06
  • wayne rowe 2012/09/02 17:11:48
    Appropriate
    wayne rowe
    +1
    I would very much love to never hear that song again. Once was way more than enough.
  • MouseTale 2012/09/02 16:31:23
    Overreaction
    MouseTale
    +2
    It's just too stupid. Sure it involves lyrics about touching a woman, but it includes nothing about children (I think. I've only heard a couple of the lyrics at ball games, but people are so loud I couldn't hear some of them). They are basically crushing a good song. The composer didn't even intentionally do that on purpose.
  • Isabella 2012/09/02 16:29:48
    Overreaction
    Isabella
    +1
    They're overreacting yes, but, I do understand where they're coming from. Neil Diamond wrote this song for and about Caroline Kennedy, who was 11 at the time. And after what happenes with Jerry, I can understand that this song would rub school officials the wrong way. However, this is completely stupid and really isn't that big of a deal.
  • Dave 007 2012/09/02 14:51:05
    Overreaction
    Dave 007
    +2
    Just ban Penn State football.
  • Jan 2012/09/02 14:03:25
    Overreaction
    Jan
    +2
    It is a good song and nobody in their right minds has ever found it to be offensive before so why start now?
  • Cherrygreensky 2012/09/01 20:09:06
    Overreaction
    Cherrygreensky
    +2
    While I can see why they'd not want to draw attention to lyrics that might cause the little league to be reminded of the traumatic event, doing something as drastic as stopping an years long tradition only draws more attention to the whole ordeal and could make the victims feel like they're causing an awkward inconvenience.
  • Adam Dodge 2012/09/01 20:02:15
    Overreaction
    Adam Dodge
    +2
    By that logic, "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" by The Darkness should also be banned (not that it would make sense to sing it at games anyway).
  • K-ZOOMI... Adam Dodge 2012/09/01 22:10:39
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    +1
    No one would admit listening to that song let alone sing it!
  • Adam Dodge K-ZOOMI... 2012/09/02 04:15:00
    Adam Dodge
    +1
    Actually, I sang that song for a quarter for karaoke about two months ago. Sad part is, I know it by heart. 0.o
  • K-ZOOMI... Adam Dodge 2012/09/02 17:27:53
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    Don't sing it anywhere near Penn State...You will be branded a pedophile.
  • Adam Dodge K-ZOOMI... 2012/09/02 22:54:54
    Adam Dodge
    +1
    ... Well, not necessarily a pedophile. Nothing in the song mentions anything about significantly younger people.
  • K-ZOOMI... Adam Dodge 2012/09/03 01:30:22
    K-ZOOMI-----0
    It's the mindset. hehehe!
  • debhead 2012/09/01 08:21:30
    Overreaction
    debhead
    +2
    OMG overacting? It's insane! Don't use the showers, don't walk on that spot Jerry was there. No more song? He was the pig, not Things! That takes a dirty mind.
  • Boss 2012/08/30 17:19:54
    Overreaction
    Boss
    +2
    oh..good GOD!! what next???
  • edifyguy 2012/08/30 14:20:54
    Overreaction
    edifyguy
    +2
    It's about a man touching a woman. This is perhaps not the best thing to sing with children anyway, but it's not about queer molestation of children!

    On a side note, I feel that almost everything done at and to Penn State lately has been an overreaction. The whole school has been punished for one man's sins. If I played for Penn State during the time that got nullified, I would be furious that my accomplishments were nullified. If the coach is guilty, punish him. Don't punish the guys who busted their butts to win games.
  • Nina Oc... edifyguy 2012/09/01 01:30:12
    Nina Ocasio
    Well, to be honest, its basically the whole culture that's affected. They did that simply because the culture is terrible as it is so by doing this they get rid of the old ways of thinking
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/08/30 11:35:05 (edited)
    Overreaction
    Somkey the Hores
    +2
    Penn State sucks on SO many levels. The fans should sing it acapella on their own. I hope they do.
  • Barb 2012/08/30 10:48:16
    Overreaction
    Barb
    +1
    Just amazing how sensitive Penn State is NOW -- after all those children were traumatized and their coverup failed.
  • svenstorm7 2012/08/30 07:23:54
    Appropriate
    svenstorm7
    +4
    Who would have dreamt this would drag Neil Diamond into the gutter!! The song is a comedy now!
  • davidg2e 2012/08/30 04:51:36 (edited)
    Overreaction
    davidg2e
    +4
    Remarkable over-reaction to all of this, especially by the NCAA, and I fault Penn State for not fighting the outrageous sanctions for something that, although serious, had nothing to do with football or the outcome of games.
  • Leslie Goudy 2012/08/30 03:41:50
    Overreaction
    Leslie Goudy
    +3
    Stupid
  • jerry 2012/08/29 23:06:41
    Appropriate
    jerry
    This is nothing to be insensitive to the victims and family about....good choice
  • Bob DiN jerry 2012/09/03 22:28:13
    Bob DiN
    Lighten up it's just a song and Caroline is not a young boy. Good grief.
  • PM 2012/08/29 18:14:12
    Overreaction
    PM
    +6
    So what are they going to do, ban any song that has kissing you, touching you , hugging you , loving you. looking at you, wishing I was with you, wanting you, dreaming about you, or feeling you? That pretty much eliminates just about any song out there, except the Star Spangled Banner.
  • liane.minster 2012/08/29 17:42:33
    Overreaction
    liane.minster
    +4
    Ridiculous!
  • FatherLiberty 2012/08/29 16:14:17 (edited)
    Overreaction
    FatherLiberty
    +5
    Pretty stupid. It's just a song.
  • Klynn 2012/08/29 15:43:58
    Overreaction
    Klynn
    +6
    Have you heard the lyrics to other songs that are played? Especially songs that are maintstream right now....
  • jacktown kid 2012/08/29 15:03:04
    Appropriate
    jacktown kid
    +1
    Fine with me
  • Bob DiN jacktow... 2012/09/03 22:29:00
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