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Olbermann Rips into Penn State, Onward State Rips Back

On Friday night, Penn State’s men’s hockey team wore stickers that read “409” on the back of their helmets in honor Joe Paterno’s restored win total. Sandy Barbour, Penn State’s athletic director, called the move “inappropriate and insensitive.” She later backed away from that statement and called her own Tweet “inappropriate and insensitive,” just to round things out. But that wasn’t the end of it. Keith Olbermann, who makes a career out of ranting on stories like this, ranted. His diatribe came as a result of the countless Tweets he undoubtedly received – conditioned responses that come any time anyone dares to say anything negative about the Blue and White (but in this case at the urging of Onward State’s Kevin Horne) — after criticizing Penn State.

The Penn State portion started a little after the four-minute mark in the video above, but here’s what he had to say:

“Is there something about this that you at Penn State — literally at Penn State or just figuratively — just do not get? Joe Paterno was not a victim here. The University was not blackmailed. Nobody was out to get you. Your critics were not jealous. There is no larger context.

‘409’ is not something to make stickers for. ‘409’ is not something to mention out loud. It will be decades before Penn State lives this down, and fighting back and demanding moronic, trivial, irrelevant things like the restoration of wins to the record of a despicable man who did not act while one of his proteges raped children, that will only increase the length of the purgatory and only make you all look even more like those idiots who still insist O.J. Simpson was framed. Your institution is associated with childrens’ terror. If your naive fan blindness does not let you see that, just ask any outsider in the real world. If you want this to go away ever, maybe in 20 or 30 years, sit down, shut up, and atone.”

In response, Horne offered a rebuttal that should take you right to the end of the week if you start reading it right now. Horne’s big issue (and there are several) comes from Olbermann dealing in black (blue?) and white instead of shades of grey [Editor’s note: God I was so far out ahead of this story]. And while he’s right — ignoring shades of grey is kind of Olbermann’s thing — it’s the same thing nearly every voice speaking out in support of Penn State and Joe Paterno is also guilty of.

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Oh it’s Just Jay Paterno Tweeting a Picture of His Father as a Cloud

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I think Monsanto is messing with the water in Happy Valley. Here’s a pic sent to, and then tweeted by, Jay Paterno of what appears to be his father, in cloud form.

The best response to Jay came from Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane:

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Jay tweeted this on Friday, but I waited until today to post it. I didn’t want to interrupt anybody’s weekend.

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The Paternos’ Lawyer and Spokesperson Told Bob Costas the Family is Suing the NCAA

Big Scott Paterno thinks the Freeh report is bologna… and he wants to eat it

I have no energy to cover the Paternos nonstop fight to clear Joe Pa’s name. But last night on Costas Tonight, which aired late after the Blackhawks-Red Wings Game 7 went to overtime, the Paterno family lawyer and spokesman announced that the family, Penn State board members and faculty are suing the NCAA for their blind adoption of the Freeh Report. The Paterno camp claims that the NCAA basically blackmailed Penn State to accept their sanctions otherwise they would be given the death penalty. From YDR.com:

Bob Costas had promised to re-examine the Freeh Report on his NBC Sports show.

He did just that late Wednesday night — and provided a forum for introducing yet another Penn State-related lawsuit against the NCAA.

The latest litigation is on behalf of Joe Paterno’s family, members of the Penn State board of trustees, faculty and former players and coaches, according to Paterno representatives.

“Costas Tonight” devoted an hour on the NBC Sports Network to discussing the Freeh Report, particularly in regards to Paterno in light of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.

The latest came Wednesday night. Costas was joined by Paterno spokesman Dan McGinn, former attorney general and Pennsylvania governor Dick Thornburgh and Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers.

As part of selected excerpts from Costas’ interview released earlier Wednesday by NBC Sports, Sollers said the lawsuit is being filed against the NCAA, president Mark Emmert and Ed Ray, who was the chairman of the NCAA’s executive committee.

The purpose, Sollers said, is “to redress the NCAA’s 100 percent adoption of the Freeh Report and imposition of a binding consent decree against Penn State University.

“The reality is that the consent decree was imposed through coercion and threats behind the scenes and there was no ability for anyone to get redress. There was no board approval, there was no transparency, and there was no consideration of this consent decree.”

The Paternos are insanely annoying. But. But the further away from this we get, you get the sense that had Joe Paterno truly been the enabling creep that many are making him out to be, there would be more evidence than a couple of vague emails and wishy-washy testimony from pussy Mike McQueary. The Freeh Report was entirely too convenient in its findings in that it hurt no one who wasn’t either A) already dead or B) shamed. The NCAA and Penn State quickly accepted it, no others were hurt, and the school didn’t get the death penalty– problem solved. Hence the lawsuit.

You can get the entire Paterno side of the story on the very glossy Paterno.com.

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