The Associated Press spotted an item in Monday’s Altoona Mirror reporting that Penn State Officials have decided to not include Neil Diamond’s song “Sweet Caroline” in the Beaver Stadium playlist at the home opener on Saturday.
The Associated Press spotted an item in Monday’s Altoona Mirror reporting that Penn State Officials have decided to not allow Neil Diamond’s song “Sweet Caroline” — beloved in stadiums and karaoke lounges — to be played at the home opener in Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
They are erring on the side of sensitivity, saying that lyrics such as “hands, touching hands, reaching out, touching me, touching you” might be seen as a bit awkward in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal.
Do you think this is a smart move? Tell us in the comments below.
On its face, is the song inappropriate? Or would it be made so by rude sports fans? Sports are already rife with inappropriate metaphors and gestures, and people with an ear for double-entendre can make almost anything … dirty. As has been said by many, you can’t legislate good taste.
One might assume Penn State officials are trying to prevent fights in the stands among people who think it’s funny and people who don’t. But might they be trying to control too much here? Or do you think it’s good that they’re trying to eliminate some of the easier targets?