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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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  • flrdsgns 2012/08/28 14:00:58
    Appropriate
    flrdsgns
    +2
    Anybody who attends penn state is a bit suspect to me.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/08/28 13:00:34
    Overreaction
    Professor Wizard
    +5
    Yea....

    They should probably ban a few books for the words used in them too...

    And maybe a few poems..

    You have to watch those words you know... they can really hurt you bad!

    Maybe they should just stop singing songs at football games all together! Pen State Fans can't sing worth a crap anyway.
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/08/28 12:40:46
    Overreaction
    Keegan The Fabulous
    +5
    Only in America and a few select other nations, where everything is extremely offensive in the eyes of the citizens and must be bombarded and shielded with censor bars and bleeps.

    censor
  • ruthann... Keegan ... 2012/08/28 14:19:35
    ruthann.anderson2
    +1
    I like you, you're dead on the mark!!! If we took everything literal....what would we have left????
  • firefly 2012/08/28 12:07:33
  • jere.ch... firefly 2012/08/28 14:53:35
    jere.chievres
    +1
    In twisted minds maybe.
  • BigEyedFish 2012/08/28 10:52:55
    Overreaction
    BigEyedFish
    +4
    They're banning it over "touching you, touching me" when the real scandal is that Neil wrote it about a child! Caroline Kennedy was a very young girl when he wrote this
  • GOD BigEyed... 2012/08/28 14:15:30
    GOD
    +4
    he was inspired by her photograph...he wrote the song 5 years later...he only came up with the name sweet caroline from the photograph...it wasnt about her...and yes, he did sing it to her at caroline's 50th birthday...but it wasnt about her
  • ruthann... GOD 2012/08/28 14:20:44
    ruthann.anderson2
    +1
    You're right!
  • BigEyed... GOD 2012/08/28 14:32:06 (edited)
    BigEyedFish
    +1
    from songfacts.com
    "In 2007, Neil Diamond revealed that this song is about Caroline Kennedy, who is the daughter of the American president John F. Kennedy. After performing the song via satellite at Caroline's 50th birthday party, he told the Associated Press: "I've never discussed it with anybody before - intentionally. I thought maybe I would tell it to Caroline when I met her someday. I'm happy to have gotten it off my chest and to have expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed to be struck by it and really, really happy."

    Diamond added that he was a young, broke songwriter in the '60s when he saw a cute photo of Caroline Kennedy in a magazine. Said Diamond: "It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony. It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there." A few years later, Diamond wrote the song in a Memphis hotel in less than an hour. Caroline was 11 years old when the song was released."

    IT WAS ABOUT HER. I'm not saying that he had unnatural thoughts about her but he did write it about her...
  • jere.ch... BigEyed... 2012/08/28 14:52:44
    jere.chievres
    +1
    Nice tap dance your doing there,
  • Chester... BigEyed... 2012/08/28 16:03:15
    Chesterpolarbear
    RLOL!
  • cmdrbnd007 2012/08/28 10:37:51
    Overreaction
    cmdrbnd007
    +5
    Complete overreaction but that seems to be typical these days.
  • Mark5610 2012/08/28 10:19:57
    Overreaction
    Mark5610
  • ruthann... Mark5610 2012/08/28 14:21:43
    ruthann.anderson2
    +3
    GREAT PICTURE!!!!
  • Aingean 2012/08/28 10:11:38
    Overreaction
    Aingean
    +4
    How many songs are the going to end up banning because of questionable lyrics? When people are enjoying a ball game or half time show they aren't paying attention to the words of the songs anyways they are just enjoying the game and or the music. It isn't like they are actually going to be thinking about a coach who abused kids.
  • mankatt Aingean 2012/08/28 14:19:51
    mankatt
    +4
    probably the first time a Neil Diamond song has been sited - Im sure hes pretty shocked...heh
  • Milady 2012/08/28 07:19:28
    Overreaction
    Milady
    +6
    And a shame. It's a lovely song.
  • Michelle 2012/08/28 07:01:53
    Overreaction
    Michelle
    +7
    What does "Sweet Caroline" have absolutely no connection to an assistant coach being convicted of sexually abusing children? When the "controversial" line blows by, how many people are actually going to think about that? We've all heard the song a million times before and even in situations like that, it's still just an unrelated song. Maybe some people will feel uncomfortable for a few months whenever any type of sexual song is played at the stadium, but most people will think of the same thing they've always through of when they sing "Sweet Caroline".
  • mankatt Michelle 2012/08/28 14:20:47
    mankatt
    +5
    anybody who finds Sweet Caroline sexual is probably a pervert themselves - Im sure whomever got all worked up about that line is.........
  • UNEEQ 2012/08/28 06:53:57
    Overreaction
    UNEEQ
    +6
    Do they think the song motivated the coach to touch children?

    What about the stadium being called, Beaver Stadium? A beaver, a sexual term for a vagina, how ironic!
  • BigEyed... UNEEQ 2012/08/28 10:54:13
    BigEyedFish
    +5
    That's like the valedictorian not given her diploma bc she used "hell" instead of heck in her speech but the school mascot is a devil! *gasp!*
  • ruthann... UNEEQ 2012/08/28 14:23:37
    ruthann.anderson2
    +2
    Aaaaaahhhh GOOD ONE!¡!!!!
  • UNEEQ ruthann... 2012/08/29 06:59:52
    UNEEQ
    +1
    The song is extra special because my name is Caroline, in real life :))
  • David H... UNEEQ 2012/08/29 07:08:18
    David Hussey
    +1
    And sweet you are Uneeq :)
  • UNEEQ David H... 2012/08/29 14:53:01
    UNEEQ
    +1
    HI there David, I hope you are well, almost September, I feel like it should be about May.
  • David H... UNEEQ 2012/08/30 01:38:37
    David Hussey
    +1
    Almost September indeed. LOL... I'm still trying to adjust to it being the 21st Century.
  • Jerry UNEEQ 2012/08/29 08:02:01
    Jerry
    +1
    ............ " I knew that " ............so, how are You today, Caroline..........;-)
  • UNEEQ Jerry 2012/08/29 14:54:06
    UNEEQ
    Jerry, I am very well thank you. Very busy with work and I hope you are well and have a wonderful Wednesday.
  • Jerry UNEEQ 2012/08/30 03:25:02 (edited)
    Jerry
    ...........Caroline, so, what's Your consensus on the Republican National Convention, the Keynote Addresses, and Your general feedback on whatever You want to express to me, I very much liked Ann Romney's focused Speech on Love, and Our traditional values, I really liked everything, before She spoke, I had some reservations about whether I could support everything on the Republican Platform........You and I should have coffee or tea together, I do not think there is a Dunkin' Donuts on Soda Head, though.........;-)

    " Pick one of the assorted Doughnuts I posted here " ......... ;-) Assorted Doughnuts from Dunkin  Donuts and Krispy Kreme platform coffee tea dunkin donuts soda head assorted doughnuts posted
  • UNEEQ Jerry 2012/08/30 09:17:14
    UNEEQ
    Jerry, They look delicious, thank you so much.
    I will send you a message in a few hours, I am at work at the moment and it is very busy.
  • Jerry UNEEQ 2012/08/31 00:17:26
    Jerry
    +1
    ...........Then, please enjoy a few of these doughnuts, and take the rest Home.........I hope You have coffee or tea there, as well........take care........... ;-)
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/08/28 05:17:50
    Overreaction
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +4
    Wow, just wow.
  • Iamfree 2012/08/28 04:34:24
    Overreaction
    Iamfree
    +4
    Oh good gad, can we please just move on? Hasn't this constant self-flogging gone on long enough at PSU?
  • Raphy 2012/08/28 04:02:41
    Overreaction
    Raphy
    +3
    NO. Sandusky going away for a long time now. So you don't have to worry about that.
  • ★misfit★ 2012/08/28 03:34:07
    Overreaction
    ★misfit★
  • Pablo 2012/08/28 03:13:35
    Overreaction
    Pablo
    +4
    Definite overreaction, BUT....nothing is too harsh for this school. Football was such a big financial shot for this school, all else was secondary, including burying this foul scandal by the college, all the way from the top to the bottom. Nothing is out of bounds for this system that places children below money.
  • Queen B 2012/08/28 03:09:17
    Overreaction
    Queen B
    +5
    If Sandusky had touched a woman named Caroline, instead of young boys, they wouldn't be having this discussion.
  • Steve Boston 2012/08/28 02:54:08
    Overreaction
    Steve Boston
    +5
    Major overreaction. Not surprised in the least though. Government schools.

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