Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The doctor is out

Back in May, our (previously starting) QB delivered the commencement address at his alma mater, Marshall University.
At the time, he was bestowed with a doctorate of humane letters, so he can now be called Dr. Pennington.
For reference, Wikipedia defines the degree thusly:
The degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Latin: Litterarum humanarum doctor; D.H.L.; or L.H.D.) is always conferred as an honorary degree, usually to those who have distinguished themselves in areas other than science (these normally receive the Doctor of Science), government (these often receive a Doctor of Laws degree), literature (these often receive a Doctor of Letters degree) or religion (these often receive a Doctor of Divinity D.D. degree in locations where American English is spoken, or a Doctor of Ministry D.Min. degree in locations where British English is spoken; knowledge of the location is important, because the alternate degree is an earned degree in both locations).
On a related topic, I read an article by Ethan Skolnick where he contends that Pennington deserves a place in franchise history, based on his play and leadership last season.  I will generally agree that he was a leader and did help; but he was here for a total of 20 games, and that hardly deserves a spot on the ring of honor.   But this honorary degree gave me an idea: Maybe he can have an honorary spot on the ring, much like his honorary degree?
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