It's 2 1/2 hours into the telecast and the Joe Paterno Memorial Service is still being aired live on the Big Ten Network. It has been very touching and the videos shown have been very good. Some 12,000 have assembled in the basketball arena where the school's basketball teams haven't drawn crowds like that ever.
Nike chairman Phil Nike drew a standing ovation when he made reference to Joe Paterno not being a villain in the tragedy that got him fired, but rather the villain was the investigation. All of the speakers were good but way too long and brevity is something these things sorely lack, and would add more impact. Then again there was only one Joe Paterno, right?
This marks three days of official mourning coming to an end. Some fans were in the parking lot tailgating as if it was a football game. Paterno was buried after a private service on Wednesday. Watching all this, it is amazing to me that Penn State fired this guy and yet the words of praise have almost elevated him to sainthood in Happy Valley. Maybe to some he is just that. This is no scene for those who got rid of Paterno. The people of Penn State must be exhausted by the emotion, drama and stress of the past three months.
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