Today In "That Can't Be Right": Penn State Is Honoring Joe Paterno Prior To Their Game Against Temple
Yahoo-Penn State football announced its 2016 promotional schedule Thursday, and during the team's second home game against Temple there will be many events, including, "Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach [Joe] Paterno's first game as Penn State head coach."
This may seem like a minor event, but as Onward State notes, "Paterno has not been officially recognized in Beaver Stadium since he walked out for the last time on October 29, 2011." In fact, the university has tried to rid itself from the controversy surrounding the coach, including the removal of his statue outside of the stadium.
Love is irrational. Love is blind. Love doesn't dishonor. Love isn't judgmental. Love is not proud. Love doesn't cease. Love protects. Love trusts. Love is sacrifice.
You know, by those standards Penn State and the corpse of their former football coach actually share the purest form of love known to man. You can all-too-accurately say they are a cult that acts like their collective head is in the clouds when really it's just stuffed under a pillow as they loudly scream "LA-LA-LA" as to avoid hearing the wealth of due criticism being flung in their direction. You can't, however, tell that cult who to love.
You know how I know I have never truly been in love? I've regretted the stupid shit I did when I thought that I was once that infatuation faded. Well, Penn State has never regretted a single thing it's done on behalf of Joe Paterno. It doesn't matter how many molested children he was indirectly responsible for, they would never willingly give up the wins, or take down the statues, or fail to acknowledge his career that's continually being marred with cover-up after after cover-up on a seemingly monthly basis. There's something so blissfully ignorant about the lengths the Nittany Lions will go to in order to show respect for someone that doesn't deserve a single ounce of it. They might have terrible taste in men but don't you dare tell me that they don't know how to treat them, because you can't say you would do "anything" for love if you wouldn't completely ignore a previously oft-concealed, now well-publicized ring of pedophilia.
My grandparents got married at 20, celebrated their 60th anniversary yesterday, and the devotion that they have towards each other is starting to feel circumstantial in comparison to the devotion that a university cumulatively feels towards a dead coach whose legacy off campus is that of an enabler of child rape. Not the best of signs for a single guy in his 30's if we are being quite honest.