Happy Independence Day to all of you fine folks out there from the Turkey! This special holiday issue of Sudden Impact continues to center on the Sandusky scandal, Showergate, the Revenge of the Tickle Monster—whichever characterization you prefer.
We lead off with an excellent, well written, and articulate analysis of Tim Curley’s options in the days in weeks ahead. Should he take the fall or finger JoePa as the source of evil, the Benito Mussolini of the Penn State football program? Bobby Big Wheel, Legal and Political Contributor for SB*Nation, shines in “Tim Curley’s Choice: Sell Out Joe Paterno and Penn State Football?“
Then, we have a dud. Frank Deford has turned up at NPR, and he says just about nothing. His long winded build-up eventually disappoints with an abrupt shifting of gears and an incomplete conclusion. See: “Joe Paterno’s Legacy: Protect Players at All Costs” in Deford’s “Sweetness and Light” column.
Another shot at Paterno comes from Melinda Henneberger of the Washington Post. In her blog (entitled “She The People”), “What Paterno admitted he knew: Sandusky couldn’t have done it without him“, she once again points the finger at Joe for enabling Sandusky and his myriad transgressions of human decency constraints.
More tarnish on Joe Paterno’s sainted reputation at the behest of Dan Wetzel in “Joe Paterno’s role in covering up Jerry Sandusky’s child molestations grows as evidence is leaked.“
Those should be enough for you to tear into. Go out and have some hot dogs and drink some beer! Happy Birthday, USA!