Not that Penn State is paying attention.
Filed under You Can't Put A Price Tag On Joe Paterno's Legacy
…and Jerry Sandusky doesn’t feel so good himself.
Somebody was going to do it…might as well be me.
I think the writer doth protest too much, though.
Sad. Will anyone be feeling good about him and Penn State while they’re “honoring” him?
I will always think of him as a pedophile enabler. He ruined his own legacy while trying to build it by ignoring the abuse of young boys. No amount of money or fame comes even close to being worth the lives of children.
1976…the year Ray Goff ran all over Alabama, and the year Joe Paterno knew Sandusky was violating children. 1976
Some folks at Pen State take tone-deaf to a biblical level.
I know when I do something stupid, I make sure to bring it up as often as possible. Just to remind everyone I am stupid.
Said no one ever…..except Penn State.
I can’t believe they are making up a milestone as a de facto way to celebrate that man. I have no sympathy for him and his reputation. He was aware of, and ignored, sexual assaults by a pedophile taking place in his locker room, and he allowed it to continue, for years and years and years, harming an untold number of boys.
I understand it is a problematic legacy and those who were positively affected by him – his family, many lettermen, fans who liked all the wins, alumni – have a hard time admitting his crucial role in the monstrous behavior that took place there, and they think Paterno is being unfairly associated with Sandusky. He’s not. To honor Paterno now, while victims are still coming forward, lawsuits are ongoing, and details of the scope and enabling of a predator are still emerging is horribly misguided. It’s beyond tone-deaf.
The school soft pedaled the announcement. They are not proudly honoring Paterno, but instead dipping their toe into the PR waters to check the public sentiment, almost like they were trying to slip one by. It’s like something from Python (“here’s the what we’re doing tonight: feed the dog, empty the garbage, dinner with the Hendersons, read the mail, rape the neighbor, fold the laundry, check the kids homework.” “Right, sounds good. Wait, what was that thing in the middle?”
I won’t be surprised if they cancel the proceedings, but I also won’t be shocked if they go forward.
Solid post, this is disgusting but fans tend to be oblivious to how badly they can act to justify their program’s transgressions. I will never pull for Penn State because of their continuing ignorance and callousness.
Take the statue and turn it 180 degrees, as Paterno is now infamous for looking the other way.
Outstanding B…simply sublime.
It’s going to be like Weekend at Bernie’s. The whole goat rodeo couldn’t happen to a more deserving HC than James Franklin.
Penn State’s alumni are divided straight down the middle on JoePa, and both camps are pretty passionate about where they stand. So you get this – a half-hearted attempt to make both sides happy.
As I type this, I’m about 90 miles from PSU, and I’m surrounded by Penn Staters. You’re right — about half are utterly embarrassed and are desperate to move on, while the other half continue to dig their heels in and convince anyone who will listen that PSU/Paterno are paragons of virtue, and Sandusky was a lone wolf — nothing more or less.
Just last night, a member of the latter group kept going on and on about how great the upcoming Paterno celebration is going to be, and how it was long overdue. I opined that is a really dumb decision, and it’s because of such oblivious attitudes that you continue to have this nasty stigma attached to you.
Even HS recruits have taken notice, hence top RB Swift’s decision to choose UGA over other top programs yesterday, while barely giving PSU any respect whatsoever even though he lives in Philly. Suffice to say those remarks didn’t exactly go over all that well.
So I take it they didn’t invite you to the awesome celebration?
What remarks? Only saw his film of acceptance and thought it was cool. A group of friends with the recruit completely hiding the chalked “G” on the ground until the shot went overhead was a subdued way not to crow about it too loudly. Thought it was clas……what remarks?
Which should have just been left alone. Not sure what is gained by playing to your divisiveness. So the administrators in the Athletic Office decided to piss off half of the potential donors and immerse everyone in the pedophile pool, nice
Yeah, how someone in the AD building didn’t see this as “lose-lose’ is beyond me. Except it fits the Senator’s rule for ADs: “What’s the dumbest decision possible? Bet on that.”
This is what happens when your school is taken over by a football coach. When people ask where you went to school you hang your head in shame.
Exactly. When someone would say Penn State 10 years ago I thought “great school” now when someone says Penn state I think pedophile scandal. It’s human nature. Football reaches so far beyond the field.
When football becomes a god people can rationalize away just about anything. It’s disgusting.
Please let Briles do the introduction. Because according to Penn State and Art Briles nothing has happened and they can’t figure out why everyone is upset.
Come to think about it he would be a perfect fit for when franklin is run out. A coach with his head up his back side would fit perfect at school with it’s head up a dead enabling POS backside.
To paraphrase Chevy Chase on SNL “Joe Paterno is STILL dead”.
Like Paul Bryant, Jr. at Alabama, Jay Paterno and the rest of the Paterno family are still very much involved in the politics of who sits on the University’s Board to Trustees.
As long as this continues and there is no “Nick Saban-type” leadership in Penn State’s future, the university and its athletic program will continue to underachieve.
I think former players pretty much demanded this along with some key alums. Their little celebration does not matter because the rest of the college football world knows that Paterno was a shithead and that is what will be said about him.💩🦁
“Oh man, I’m not even thinking about Georgia. Kirby won 100-0 or whatever today,” Pittman said of his former boss in Athens. -- The Athletic, 9/25/21
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