There is still a mourning period at Penn State for the late coach Joe Paterno. There are Joe Paterno shrines, portraits made out of Legos and life-sized cutouts. After the Penn State-Michigan game Saturday night, there was a vigil to remember Paterno’s “lost wins,” and one local daily up in State College spent more ink on that vigil than on Penn State’s four-overtime victory over Michigan. Arguably the biggest win in the Bill O’Brien era, and the coming out party of Christian Hackenberg.
Can anything make Penn State fans move on from the Joe Paterno era at Penn State? Or will the Joe Bots only increase in numbers, instead of going away?
Did the ghost of Joe Paterno have a hand in the recruiting of David Njoku?
Fans held a vigil for a NUMBER, basically, the number of wins that Joe Paterno and the Penn State program had to vacate because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
— smdiet (@smdiet) October 13, 2013
If Penn State fans and members of the State College community are holding vigils for the victims of sexual assault and abuse, why aren’t those stories getting more publicity?
How do the parents of the children who were molested by Jerry Sandusky (and others) feel about those life-size cutouts and Lego portraits of Joe Paterno?
Why doesn’t someone do a story on them and how they feel?
And Twitter was all agog over the weekend with Joe Paterno references that he was looking down upon the game and “even in heaven JoePa makes things happen.”
No, Joe Paterno has nothing to do with it anymore.
He’s dead. He died from natural causes and nothing more.
And Joe Paterno had nothing to do with Penn State winning that game Saturday night. Joe Paterno wasn’t on the field making plays; football players were on the field doing what they do best. Like Allen Robinson. Who’s probably the best receiver in the Big Ten right now.
The Big Lead calls the culture at Penn State “callous and delusional.”
I couldn’t agree more.