Paterno as Sandusky Enabler: Now We Know at Penn State, Football was More Important than Morality

The Penn State child abuse cover up just got worse this morning with the not-so-unexpected revelation that Joe Paterno — and his beloved football program — were more important to the university than the welfare of innocent children:

“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims,” said Louis J. Freeh, the former federal judge and director of the F.B.I. who oversaw the investigation. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

Freeh’s investigation — which took seven months and involved more than 400 interviews and the review of more than 3.5 million documents — accuses Paterno, the university’s former president and others of deliberately hiding facts about Sandusky’s sexually predatory behavior over the years.

Continue reading → Paterno as Sandusky Enabler: Now We Know at Penn State, Football was More Important than Morality

Joe Paterno Becomes the Goat and Begins to Pay Down His Real Legacy

There’s an old saying in the theatre: “Don’t Be the Goat!

“Every production has a goat,” Dr. Stein would yell, “The goat gets the blame.  DON’T BE THE GOAT!”

Dr. Stein’s advice is timeless and excellent.  He wanted to make sure we were all appropriately trained to deal with anything and that we would always be able to work around any obstacle in a production so nobody could point a crooked finger us and say, “This is your fault,” thus making us, “The Goat.”

Sometimes you cannot avoid being labeled The Goat — it doesn’t mean you earned that title or that you did anything that deserves pointing — but the eternal fact in any production is that there must always be someone to blame.  Every show needs an unlucky totem.  Every show needs someone to kick when everyone is down.

Now that Joe Paterno is dead at 85, he will surely become in death what he never was in life:  The Goat.

Continue reading → Joe Paterno Becomes the Goat and Begins to Pay Down His Real Legacy