I get it, I really do. You love Joe Paterno. You idolize Joe Paterno. You grew up knowing nothing but Joe Paterno being a god in your eyes. And I liked him, too. I can’t say as I ever put him on that pedestal or prayed to him before going to bed (yes, hyperbole). I know that he’s done a TON of good for Penn State, for college football, and mankind in general.
Having said all of that, I still believe that he was rightfully fired. I understand your stance against this. I respect your stance against this, but I don’t agree with it.You see, if you want me to listen to your opinion — and respect it — you need to be open minded enough to listen to mine. That’s how the game is played.
Please don’t take this as me not being willing to have my opinion challenged. I have laid out my feelings on the issue in the post below this one. They haven’t changed. I’ve read just about everything I could get my hands on — covering both sides of the issue. And I haven’t changed my opinion. I’ve read several pieces that have made me see the “other side” in a clearer fashion, but the bottom line is this – I believe that Joe Paterno, the most powerful man at Penn State, should have done more — and I believe that he was rightfully fired for not doing so. (Incidentally, if you really want to nit-pick, I think Paterno, when he said “I wish I had done more” only solidifies my position, but hey, spin that however you’d like to perpetuate your idolatry).
There have been very few things in my life that I’ve wanted to be wrong about. I hope that I’m wrong on this issue — but I don’t think that I am. If I am, though, I can guarantee you that I will be the first person on here admitting that I was wrong. I can assure you that I have given a ton of thought to this possibility — I just wonder, have you?