This is clearly old news by now but an article of this magnitude deserves a lot of careful thinking rather than just my normal routine of writing down the first thing on my mind. Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno has passed away due to complications from lung cancer (AKA Jerry Sandusky inadvertantly murdering him after touching children (allegedly, but totally happened)) Joe Pa lived just over 85 years and coached a 46 seasons for a total of 409 victories. He now holds the record for most wins by a BCS coach when he won his 409th game on October 29, 2011. So at least he finished on top. Sort of. Unfortunately, he will forever be linked with the scandal that we are all sick of hearing about.
I believe that he should be remembered as one of the greatest coaches of all time and the face of NCAA football for years to come. Keep in mind, he didn’t molest anyone, he was just protecting a friend that he believed was innocent. If someone told me that my best friend touched a little boy without any evidence, I don’t know that I would report him either. I do not agree that he should have kept it a secret, but to blame him completely for this is just absurd.
Years from now, no one is going to remember that Sandusky douche. They are going to remember Joe Paterno, the winningest coach of all time, as a man who is linked with the molestation of a child. This is certainly not fair. Obviously I have my opinion and you will have yours, but I am just curious where everyone stands on the subject. If you just select the latter answer because of the media and negative connotations towards him, just forget it. I would like to see how many people believe that he was really a bad person or not.
I know it is getting old but there’s not much going on yet today. It turns out that all 8 people who accused former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky are going to testify. So much for his theory about it being a hoax. Unless all 8 people came up with the same idea and same exact story this guy is pretty screwed. If he really thinks what he did is okay then he should go to hell anyways. Now that they will be under oath his lawyer will have his shot at poking holes in their stories. Be prepared for this to be the only thing on ESPN during that trial, so you may want to get your sports news here (@BostonSB) because I will be staying away from that one. Hopefully there is a good game or something on that day that will be more interesting than listening to an old man talk about his “precious moments” with little boys. Come to think of it, WNBA games seem more interesting, and that’s saying a lot.
I know that everyone is getting sick of the NBA lockout and Penn St. scandal stories, but let’s face it, the rest of the sports world is pretty boring right now unless someone gets shot or something (praying for a Yankee or Jet player). News surfaced yesterday that they have no police record from assistant coach Mike Mcqueary about the alleged assaults on a 10 year old boy. However, it is rumored that the university officers knew of this and also might have ignored it to an extent. The whole situation is becoming more annoying and more confusing with every new piece of evidence introduced. Maybe they should burn down the school and start from scratch? As long as they kill Sandusky first. I see this as the only viable option to be able to push this out of the news.
On a side note: #9 Pittsburg loses to Long Beach State which is downright hilarious.. that would be like the Red Sox losing to the Orioles (Sorry Nons). How about we make the NCAA the new NBA seeing as the players don’t all care about making an extra million dollars and owners don’t exist.
Should Jo Pa have been fired? While at breakfast, two of my friends say yes, the other two of us say no. Sandusky claims that Joe Paterno had never came to him directly to tell him to stop touching little boys (because for some reason he couldn’t figure this one out on his own). How can you believe anything Sandusky says after a quote like this:
“I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact.”
He then goes on to say “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.” Probably should have thought about that while you were in the locker room buddy. I could write down all of the things that I think should happen to him, if not for the fact that he would enjoy the majority of them.
Anyways, I think that anyone with multiple decades of service to a University should have the chance to explain their side of the story, especially when nothing has happened to the Board Of Directors (the same board that Paterno brought this news to all those years ago). They are just as guilty as him, if not more so. What do you guys think?
Well when you’re right, you’re right. The Bruins are back on track with a three game winning streak and the lockout still hasn’t ended. I guess anyone could have predicted the latter, but nonetheless I’ll give myself a pat on the back.
Elsewhere, not much has been able to shine through the ongoing story over at Penn State. Now, I don’t have too much insight about the situation, but you got to feel for old Joe. I would never stick up for the horrible actions that occurred there, but I mean over six decades of service and overwhelming success for the school and not one of the board of trustees would step up for the guy at all. Kind of sad when you think about. On the other hand that Sandusky guy deserves everything he’s got coming to him. Not enough room in this world for pathetic people like him.