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Phillies Sign Cole Hamels, Joe Paterno and Penn State Disgraced, and Flyers Lose Out on Shea Weber

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The Omelette Wednesday July 25, 2012

Phillies Sign Cole Hamels to a Mega Deal

The ongoing saga between the Phillies and Cole Hamels has finally ended today and in a good way. Both sides agreed to a six-year deal reportedly worth $144 million. If you do the math - that is $24 million per year.

In other words, it's the second richest deal ever signed by a Major League pitcher. C.C. Sabathia signed the richest contract for a pitcher back in 2008 when the Yankees inked him for 7 years and $161 million.

Now, Phillies fans can breathe a sigh of relief that their best pitcher will remain with the team for the forseeable future.

Penn State Gets Demolished By the NCAA and Joe Paterno's Legacy Crumbles

The NCAA showed the entire nation and world that they are not screwing around with Penn State University and levied unprecedented sanctions against the university just a few weeks after the Louis Freeh report came out.

They hit Penn State with a 4-year bowl ban, eliminated 10 scholarships per year during the 4-year ban, and are wiping all of their wins away dating back to 1998.Also, they fined the school $60 million.

It's a huge blow to an institution and football program, which were considered among the best in the nation. However, there is no excuse for allowing the monster Jerry Sandusky to roam the campus all of those years. No matter which side of the fence you are on, nobody put a gun to the heads of the officials at Penn State and told them to cover up the crimes of Sandusky. They brought this onto themselves.

Now, Joe Paterno's legacy as a college football legend and beloved Pennsylvania figure is destroyed.

Flyers Lose Out on Shea Weber

The Flyers have officially struck out in free agency this offseason. First they lost out on marquee free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise when they opted to join the Minnesota Wild.

Yesterday they were dealt a huge blow when the Nashville Predators decided to match their 14-year offer to Shea Weber. This leaves the Flyers in a lurch as they seek to replace the lost presence of future Hall of Famer Chris Pronger. There is no telling what they can do now.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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