Sunday, July 22, 2012

Penn State and Joe Paterno

Penn State has removed the Joe Paterno statue, most likely to erase memories of the Sandusky scandal with all due dispatch.  The goal, of course, was to minimize damage to Penn State's cash cow — its football program.

Mind you, I couldn't care less about football — college or professional — or any other pursuit where muscled young men, according to various arcane rules, move spherical or ovoid objects around a circumscribed area.  I do care about economics — and college football, of course, is about money a hell of a lot more than it's about sport.

Personally, I think they should have left the Paterno statue in place — forever — but they should have changed the message by mounting the proverbial three monkeys on Joepa's back.

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