Sunday, January 22, 2012

On Joe Paterno's death...

Even with his greatness as a football coach, and all the good his life otherwise entailed, it's impossible to move past the part about Joe Paterno that became one of the epicenters of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
It involved children abused. Paterno was one of the checkpoints - perhaps the most important along the way - that could have prevented it. He didn't do nearly enough.
However, those who are grieving with heavy hearts at the passing of Paterno today should not be scorned. Nor should those who deeply loved or who believed strongly - still - that he is a great man be shunned or dismissed.
Of all the tragedies I can recall that topped the news cycle for an extended period, this is perhaps the most complex. And heart-wrenching from every different angle.
That includes the part about Joe Paterno's fall and rapid decline into death.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are correct. Most COMPLEX tradgedy I have ever seen. For better or worse I think his long term legacy will be associated with his enormous success at PSU and the Sandusky turmoil will be an afterthought.

5:18 PM 
Blogger Steve said...

You said it best.

So very complex.... on many levels.

5:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, very complex. No one can understand how a guy that was so great with his football players would turn his head on a very serious situation. Maybe onset of senility? Or just big pressure from a football program and university? Or maybe both.

Beyond comprehension. Sadly, his stress at the end probably contributed to his early death, lack of fighting for life.

But who knows? It just shows how much pressure there is in big-time football, like a lot of money.

So sad, lesson learned too late, when you're dying, money means nothing.

9:16 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

We'll see what happens legally in the Sandusky. Then, we'll find out more the degree Joe Pa may have turned his back on it. Still a lot more left in this story.

12:59 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

It's very difficult to not see the extremes of Paterno's record as a coach and the seriousness of the Sandusky issue.

1:00 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

It's the complexity. I mean I don't know if Joe Pa's age was a reason or an excuse for him. Not smart enough to figure that one out.

1:02 PM 

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