Reading: I Peter 2: 10
Sam Lickliter. The name conjures up hostility. He caused much pain and anguish for many loyal Penn State basketball fans.
February 9, 1993. A day that went down as one of the worst basketball calls in Penn State history. Penn State's basketball team was in its first year of Big Ten play. They were playing the number one ranked Indiana Hoosiers.
Coach Bobby Knight had said that going to Penn State would be like going on a "camping trip." Well, Mr. Knight, beware of Lions in your campsite.
Penn State came out and played an incredible game against the Hoosiers. The crowd was very loud. And when regulation play ended, the score was tied. Penn State took it into two overtimes, but came up a bit short. The final score: 68-64. No one expected Penn State to play so well.
So, what about Sam Lickliter? He called a foul on Lion Greg Bartram, which was clearly a mistake on Sam's part. One of the Indiana players was holding onto Bartram's jersey and Greg tried to push him away. Clearly, it should have been called on the Hoosiers. But things didn't go the Nittany Lions' way.
Penn State lost the game because of a bad call. No one wanted to forgive Mr. Lickliter. He had done wrong.
I guess the lesson to learn from his story is that no one is perfect. We all have our faults. We all make mistakes. I guess we have to forgive and forget.
I was at the Penn State/Indiana game. It was an incredible experience. A crowd so loud it was silent. A great effort by a team coached by a marvelous coach. I guess once you forgive those who make mistakes, you can see the good in discouraging situations. And, there's always next year. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Author's Note: I wrote this piece shortly after this historical game. I was recently was reminded of the game when a commemoration of it was featured in The Penn Stater. It was fun to re-live that night as I read that article. It's hard to believe that game was 20 years ago today!
Closing: Pray about forgiveness.
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