The Paterno fiasco

January 24, 2012

Hey, I didn’t mean to offend anyone…Or maybe I did. Being from Pennsylvania, I am sad that the reputation of a great college is tarnished by people who either didn’t know any better, or did and chose not to do anything…..I feel sorry for these poor boys, who, in life, were already hurting…What if it was YOUR brother? But I’m not political, just irritated that people refuse to let their “heros” die. No one of us is perfect, we all make mistakes..But this was a big one and he got caught.. Too bad he died with this as his reputation, but he could have done something about it and chose to turn a blind eye. I am not perfect either, have made mistakes, but when push comes to shove, I have to live with myself, and I think I would have done the right thing. Personally, I think that iron statue of him, should be removed…..Uh oh, I think I’ll get in trouble for saying that too….EEEK


  1. You might piss people off but not me. Paterno was a good coach. He was also a coward who abandoned his own moral compass for personal gain. He had a responsibility to do WAY more than he did upon finding out about the sexual abuse going within his program. I’m with you. Tear down the statue. If that offends people — too bad. The victims are probably a little more offended. Edmund Burke was right.

  2. I don’t think you made a mistake, Ripley. You were right to express your resentment at what he did to his team’s fans, among others, over a long time. As you say, we ought to let our heroes die, and I may have been wrong to mourn his otherwise enviable career.

  3. We will never know what Paterno knew when he knew it, for sure. This isn’t an isolated incident, all sports franchises have skeletons in their closets.

  4. Once children are involved then I don’t care two bits about legacy or reputation. Paterno was lucky to die, his legacy is about die to.

  5. Lets focus on getting the living criminals behind bars. Bubba is waiting for fresh meat in cell block 6.

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