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Last night, the Penn State Board of Trustees met and fired University President Spanier and Coach Joe Paterno. effective immediately.  Paterno had announced his intention to retire at the end of this season earlier in the day following the indictment of his long-time assistant coach and one-time heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, on forty felony charges associated with molestation of at least 8 children since 1996.  Sandusky's known victims, many of whom were sexually molested and assaulted for years, ranged in age from seven to fifteen during the abuse and were all participants in The Second Mile, a charity that Sandusky founded to assist at-risk youths.   Said Paterno on Sunday: "...the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me."   CBS News reported last night that, "The legendary football coach was said to be stunned by his firing. Said the source, "You give your life to this place, and that's how you're treated."

Yes, Paterno, you miserable piece of slime, that's how you're treated.  No, you don't get to leave on your own terms.  No, I don't give a shit that you won 409 football games or that you're a "legendary coach".  No, I couldn't give two shits about how disappointed your seniors are going to be at the Nebraska game this weekend.  You may shut up and go enjoy the remaining time you have left before the Federal government indicts you.

And the worst part is that you're pretending not to understand why. That's what makes you slime. )



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I don't normally look to sportswriters for particularly insightful social commentary (with the notable exceptions of the late Hunter S. Thompson and the late Ralph Wiley). I particularly don't usually look for it at CBS Sports—home of Jimmy 'the Greek' Snyder, whose coworkers maintain to this day that they didn't think he was particularly racist). But this Dan Bernstein article on the child-molestation scandal and (repeated!) cover ups at Penn State is... well, I'll let it speak for itself:

But you have to do it. You have to read every word, every sickening description and every name involved in the institutionalized evil at Penn State. Your opinion about anything going on is invalid if you have not yet done so... )

Read Bernstein's whole article here. Then steel your stomach and read the grand jury report.  And when some idiot friend/co-worker/relative tries to play apologist for Joe Paterno over the next couple of weeks or at Thanksgiving, cry 'havoc' and let slip the dogs of war. 



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So the AP is reporting that George Steinbrenner's died of a heart attack.  I'm not a Yankee fan (Mets, because I'm a masochist), but I was raised by one, and so George is one of those figures that has always been a part of daily conversation, either rants, jokes, or sincere perplexity at what the hell the man was doing.  He brought seven ticker tape parades to New York, was wonderfully poked fun at by Seinfeld, and was just part of the fabric of life here.

Yesterday Harvey Pekar died.  That was someone whose writings changed my life, and I was deeply saddened to hear he was with us no more.  But having George Steinbrenner pass away some how feels like more of a gut punch.  Sentimentality is a funny thing.  So, here's to the Boss: and maybe he'll convince Satan to get rid of that damn goatee.

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Holy crap, John Isner is enormous!  No wonder they had to keep calling the match due to darkness - the guy blots out the sun. 
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Blatantly stolen from a RL English friend:

"The World Cup has turned out like WW2. The French surrendered early, the USA arrive at the last minute to claim the prize and we are left to fight the fucking Germans."

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