Bob Costas interviews Jerry Sandusky from jail
Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky gives his first post-arrest interview with Bob Costas to answer the charges that he raped children. This is difficult to listen to and it may make you want to throw things, just so you know. Also, I’m no lawyer, but giving an interview like this at this time can’t be the best thing for him legally, can it?
In case you missed it last night, what not to do if you’re ever accused of molesting children: going on live television talking about how you molested children.
Paterno’s legend ends in Penn State boardroom
How many football wins does it take to balance the books for one broken child? How about for eight, or 15, or 20 children? Will 409 do it, or would Joe Paterno’s 410th, if he could have lasted long enough to get it, have made all the difference?
How many millions of dollars contributed by a coach to his university does it take to cancel out one tragically flawed, cynical decision, nine years ago, that protected The Brand at the cost of one forever damaged preteen, who was being sacrificed to save it.
How long past his usefulness could a football coach expect to stay employed before he risked eroding all the good he has done in his career and his life, risked being viewed as a vain old man wielding his immense power to fight off all attempts to take it away?
I don’t suppose these questions are entirely fair — nothing is quite as black-and-white as it seems, not even the multi-layered horror of the Jerry Sandusky story — and I’m mortally certain that none of the faithful who gathered outside Joe Paterno’s home Tuesday night in State College, Pennsylvania, who rallied in vain for St. Joe on the Penn State campus, who no doubt rioted Wednesday night in the wake of his firing, will ever be moved to ponder the answers.
Unconditional fandom plus “Be True To Your School” plus mythologization of a coach and a football program adds up to a level of credulity that evidently cannot be dented even by news of the most unspeakable crimes unfolding in these supporters’ very midst by the people they have deified. (Photo: Tim Shaffer/Reuters)
Tigers oust Yankees in deciding game
Don Kelly and Delmon Young hit first-inning home runs, Doug Fister and the Detroit bullpen held on and the Tigers edged the New York Yankees 3-2 Thursday night to win the deciding Game 5 of the AL playoff series.
Photo: Alex Avila celebrates as Alex Rodriguez strikes out for the games final out of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium, Oct. 6, 2011. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Last out of the series two years running, A-Rod. Sad A-Rod is my favorite A-Rod. Douchebag.
Dateline: Dallas, TX
Following what seemed like a victory for the NFL, with the lock-out over and teams getting back to the normality of the preseason, league officials nationwide are taking a stand against the grammar massacre delivered Tuesday by Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones.