Part of me feels very bad for Joe Paterno...but on the scale of theatrical tragedy there is no measurement for the rape of children seven to twelve years old by a trusted adult male.
|Have we lost our minds?|
I would like to post a thoughtful and well balanced commentary on this entire situation but I am not sure I am capable of it. My mind seems to be flooded with thoughts of butcher knives and well hung horny inmates extracting a little frontier justice from Mr. Sandusky. All I will do is descend into a babbling fury well peppered with obscenity and imagined nonsense of well deserved cruel and unusual punishments. Heartsinsanfrancisco provided an excellent post that states everything that I would say if I was more intelligent, capable of controlling my anger, and a better writer. Please read her post and the attached commentary at:
Guilty With An Explanation, November 10, 2011, Morality Play
Here is a timeline of events:
Huffingtonpost, 2011/11/09/, Penn State Scandal Timeline: Key Dates In The Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Case
|No, not all of us.|
I have read that Sandusky was one of the best defensive coordinators in the history of college football, indeed one of the Illuminati of the sport. When you look at the time line in the link above, one thing should stand out, there were many opportunities to stop Jerry Sandusky's rampage of rape. But typically, just like the students at Penn State, the people involved allowed the reverence of a sport figure to cloud their judgement. Sports in America has a very nasty underbelly. In the popular imagination, the players and coaches exceed mere celebrity, they become demigods...above ethics, above the law, above morality, above any shard of human decency. There is a much larger tragedy to this sad story than the tarnish on Joe Paterno's career...it is, as the protesting students have more than adequately demonstrated, that many Americans are more than willing to overlook any crime, no matter how heinous, as long as you can deliver us that win. There is something rotting in our Souls.