Paterno? Doesn’t sound Jewish
CBS – The letter is 30 years old but it provides a glimpse of Joe Paterno, the humanitarian, champion of fair play and the hard-nosed coach. In this correspondence to a former player dated July 7, 1982, Paterno admonishes the player for not paying $12.99 in expenses incurred during Penn State road trips to Pitt and the 1982 Fiesta Bowl during the 1981 season. That ’81 team finished 10-2, ranked No. 3 in AP, losing only to Miami and Alabama. The outstanding charges — according to Joe — are for “phone calls, room service and miscellaneous charges.” No matter what you think of Paterno’s legacy in light of the last couple of years, this letter obtained by CBSSports.com is a slice of Americana and Joe Paterno.
I’ll tell you what, it’s a Friday afternoon, everyone is geared up for the weekend, finishing up work or classes or whatever after a long week and just ready to unwind. So I’m not going to kick off a firestorm or anything here. Not going to dive into another Penn State rant or try to pick fights. Not going to pick this letter apart and focus on lines such as “you don’t do things right sometimes, you do them right all the time.” Just going to leave this up here for you to make your own observations on. I think it’s pretty cool. Wish I could go back to my pre-2011 view of JoePa and view it from that lens to make it even cooler.