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Raw emotion reigns in Happy Valley

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For the first time in 22,638 days — Nov. 19, 1949 — the Penn State Nittany Lions played a football game in which Joe Paterno was neither the head coach nor an assistant.

Instead of the legendary JoePa, it was his long-time assistant Tom Bradley leading Penn State against Nebraska, becoming the first man not named Paterno to coach the Nittany Lions since Rip Engle in 1965.  It was certainly an overriding thought heading into the game that the mystique of Coach Paterno would be an all-encompassing presence in Happy Valley Saturday.

Sure, there were low-key pregame nods inside and outside of Beaver Stadium to the now-fallen coaching legend, and signs of support were seen throughout the stadium.  And, of course, the postgame locker room and press conferences were littered with the memories of a 46-year head-coaching career that ended under a cloud of scandal earlier this week.  But worshipping at the altar of St. Joe, as he’s sometimes called, was not what Saturday turned into, at least not in its entirety.

Rather, it was about the victims of the heinous acts allegedly perpetrated by a former Paterno assistant.  With the emotions of a heartwrenching candlelight vigil the night before the game still fresh, a moment of silence prior to the game by the blue-out crowd, with the color blue symbolizing child abuse awareness, showed what the whole of the Penn State family is truly about, and that they are all too aware of what’s at the heart of this scandal even if their administration wasn’t for far too long.

It was about one of the most poignant scenes ever witnessed on a football field: members of both teams — players, coaching staffs and seemingly every other person not actually in the stands — gathering and kneeling at a very crowded midfield, led in a very impassioned and fiery word of prayer by Cornhuskers assistant Ron Brown.

It was about the 17 seniors on Senior Day, walking out of the tunnel and onto the field for their final game, greeted by a 100,000-plus throng that included dozens of former players who came to town in a show of support for the under-siege football program and its current players.

And, perhaps most of all, it was about a community, a family taking its first tangible steps in what will no doubt be a lengthy healing process.  Television cameras captured numerous shots of the Nittany Lions faithful — men and women, young and old — shedding tears as the events around them transpired and the enormity of the moment seemed to hit them.  The decibel level rose noticeably when, during the singing of the school’s alma mater, the line “let no act of ours bring shame” was reached, as if those in attendance were sending a very loud, very powerful message to those in positions of power that what’s happened in the past decade is not the beloved university they know and that something must be done.

As for the game?  The Nittany Lions lost 17-14 to the Cornhuskers, suffering their first conference defeat of the season and allowing Wisconsin — provided they beat Minnesota this afternoon — to pull to within a game in the Big Ten Leaders race.  That outcome was mostly inconsequential and seemingly secondary, though, to the healing that began and the giving through their actions a voice to the victims, who suffered a loss far, far greater than a meaningless football game.

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  1. geo1113 says: Nov 12, 2011 3:48 PM

    “It was about the 17 seniors on Senior Day, walking out of the tunnel and onto the field for their final game, greeted by a 100,000-plus throng that included dozens of former players who came to town in a show of support for the under-siege football program and its current players.”
    ——————-

    I’m sorry but this game should have been about nothing other than those poor kids who will bear for life the scars of the abuse they suffered at the hands of a monster and of the inaction of men who should have known better.

  2. southernpatriots says: Nov 12, 2011 3:51 PM

    JT: A great article. We had tears in our eyes with the Penn State fans in the stands when we saw their emphasis on that line from their alma mater. Ron Brown’s prayer should have served notice as well. Penn State will get past this horror and will be Penn State again.

    Our best to Penn State and all those working hard to help the victims and pursue healing.

  3. 742media says: Nov 12, 2011 3:51 PM

    The pre game scene was the best thing I’ve seen in a college football game, possibly ever.

    Truly wonderful story amidst a bunch of horrible stories all week.

  4. frankiebooboo says: Nov 12, 2011 4:00 PM

    no game ball for joe pa today. thank God.

  5. jeremyb91 says: Nov 12, 2011 4:02 PM

    And where was the violence and deaths which a bunch of people who typically comment on this site were preaching just a few days ago?

    Several people said there was no reason to play this game and that playing the game would be risking peoples lives in addition to not respecting the victims. Well a lot of you were wrong because the fans and teams respected the victims and there was no violence.

  6. xcerebus1 says: Nov 12, 2011 4:04 PM

    I’m curious if any of the scumbags that went on a JoPa rampage last week were identified. Funny how the whole mood changed after nationwide coverage and disgust was shown on the apparent lack of both remorse and sympathy. Hopefully the newest rumor, that Paterno worked out a deal allowing Sandusky to ‘retire’ instead of facing charges for prior knowledgable acts of pedophilia are just that, rumors.

  7. southernpatriots says: Nov 12, 2011 4:10 PM

    xcerebus1: We had the same question about the violent protestors. Gov. Corbett mentioned them as well. Friends who live in the area said that on their local news it was reported that “some have been identified and arrested, while investigators continue reviewing footage to see if others can be identified.” So, they do appear to be bringing as many as they can identify to justice.

    We heard that rumor also. We hope it is not true. If it is, we hope investigators will find out.

  8. chiefagc5675 says: Nov 12, 2011 4:17 PM

    xcerebus1
    Why don’t you take your rumor to Fox- they specialize in that kind of BS. Paterno wasn’t the one who made a deal. The prosecutor failed to file charges- unless you’re also claiming Paterno was also more powerful than the Pa. justice system. People like you should have their internet connection removed for life.

  9. zillat says: Nov 12, 2011 4:25 PM

    I posted something similar to the following earlier – but I’m repeating it. My apologies for those who have to read it twice…. I have worked at Virginia Tech for a long time – both before and after the Cho shootings – and I know a lot of people who are associated with Penn State. I feelfor the students, faculty, and staff members at Penn State right now. Penn State is a great institution and it will survive this, just as Virginia Tech did.

    P.S. To those who are trashing everyone at Penn State for this:
    If you don’t think this (or the subsequent violent protests) could possibly happen at your university or in your town, please think again.

  10. tadjax says: Nov 12, 2011 4:50 PM

    The “emotions” shown today seemed real but displaced. Were they for the victims or were they for the students, the team and their decades of putting on the facade they were above other schools. Penn State has always been just a school claiming to be above the fray. This week the facade was removed. The team, students, fans that spent years and years portraying superiority need to all take the bad with the good.
    There was a lack of humility. Nebraska was the Class Act today. This game was all about everything that has ever been wrong with PSU. The players and former players used the school’s reputation for years to their advantage. It is time to accept that it was all fake. We have not seen the end of this story and the publicity, money, tv time given to this fraud of a school just goes to show, no one gets it.
    The Emperor has no clothes. He never did.

  11. azzamaniac says: Nov 12, 2011 4:50 PM

    I cant believe the kids that are big on “we want Joe” and their supporters

    You are no beter than the pedofiles in my view

    I would look at all Sporting programmes everywhere at anytime

    Time to come down hard on these child rapists and their supporters

    Eye for an Eye – General population in a Hard prison for these monsters, a North Korean Gulag is nothing but a start

  12. mmmpierogi says: Nov 12, 2011 5:08 PM

    It was about one of the most poignant scenes ever witnessed on a football field: members of both teams — players, coaching staffs and seemingly every other person not actually in the stands — gathering and kneeling at a very crowded midfield, led in a very impassioned and fiery word of prayer by Cornhuskers assistant Ron Brown.

    *********************************************

    I couldn’t watch the game today because of work, but a random question – why was Ron Brown the one leading a prayer in this situation?

    My question’s more out of curiosity than criticism (that is, I’m not criticizing that a prayer was held, and I’m sure Brown may have done a fantastic job at it). I just wasn’t sure why this man, who has no real history or connection at all with the University or the commonwealth of PA that I know of, would be the one to lead this?

  13. Sandy Sivits says: Nov 12, 2011 5:36 PM

    Any PSU coach right now brings a bit of controversy. I think the Nebraska coach brings solidarity to the issue – despite rivalries there is commonality in empathy and support for the victims.

    The first PSU game I attended was in 1966 – 2 sisters, a slew of friends and family went to school there — we have NEVER felt we were superior. We have always felt that there was a high standard of conduct demanded- on the sports field, in academics and personal conduct. PA is primarily hard-working, blue collar people – if anything that ‘work ethic’ gives a sense of pride to the people of PA. My grandfather worked double-shifts in the mines and my father 16-18 hours a day to provide for their families. If that makes us ‘superior’ then maybe the whiners of ‘Occupy’ need to adopt a PA attitude.

  14. 12is3times4 says: Nov 12, 2011 5:44 PM

    mmmpierogi: “I just wasn’t sure why [Ron Brown], who has no real history or connection at all with the University or the commonwealth of PA that I know of, would be the one to lead this?”

    I’m guessing it was precisely BECAUSE Brown has no connection to Penn State that he was the one chosen. At this point, anyone even remotely connected to Paterno or Sandusky is suspect of being up to their necks in the whole sordid affair, which means pretty much the entire Penn State coaching staff.

  15. Val Lee says: Nov 12, 2011 5:48 PM

    Thank you, John Taylor, for a fantastic, heartfelt article. May people always strive to protect the children in the cause of innocence.

    (How wonderful to observe these humbled players bowing their knees before the Father—Ephesians 2:9-21)

  16. animal47 says: Nov 12, 2011 5:49 PM

    I almost cried when I saw what took place at midfield. Kudos to the Nebraska team for doing that…was really proud of them..
    As far as the rumor, it was probably the admistration and not Paterno that did the deal…if it did happen.
    And lets remember one thing.. Paterno is not the one who committed these acts.

  17. phillyboy20 says: Nov 12, 2011 5:50 PM

    tadjax that might be one of the most ignorant statements i have seen made throughout this entire tragedy.

    Since when is it a crime to take pride in the fact that the university has one of the top graduation rates among student athletes in the country, or that it had never been investigated for NCAA violations? That is something anyone would be proud of.

    That being said the crimes and horrors that were committed far out way any NCAA violation that occur and should be met with quick and swift justice and the entire staff should be cleared out.

    Getting to your statement that we are a university that claims to be “above the fray” and we are “fake”. The penn state student body has raised over 78 million dollars for pediatric cancer since 1973 and over 10 million last year. Since news has come out about the children that have been abused this past week the school and students has raised $293,526 for RAINN, http://www.rainn.org/ProudPSUforRAINN. Also, researchers at this school found a virus that attacks and kills breast cancer cells last month, http://live.psu.edu/story/55260….

    The men running the FOOTBALL PROGRAM are getting what they deserve right now for covering up such a horrific crime, but there is nothing fake about the UNIVERSITY and the students and faculty that make it up.

  18. cleareye1 says: Nov 12, 2011 5:57 PM

    A lot of young people did a lot of growing up today,

  19. chefklm says: Nov 12, 2011 6:06 PM

    Seems to me I remember a PSU homer here claiming Martinez was nothing more than a running QB, well how do you like him now jerky?

    That being said, I was in attendence at the game, and despite “warnings” from people on the internet. We received more than a dozen welcomes, best of luck & other greetings. Nittany Nation done a great job all around as hosts.

  20. gershonpsu says: Nov 12, 2011 6:09 PM

    It is unbelievable that Jerry Sandusky’s name never gets mentioned in this article. Nor his charity that was the web that entangled these children. Yes, the man was a former assistant coach (fired in 1999) but to refer to his actions as Joe Paterno’s sex scandal is a disgraceful grab for headlines.

  21. fockers2009 says: Nov 12, 2011 6:36 PM

    Gershenou really don’t get it, do you? Maybe you need to read the Grand Jury report very, very carefully.

  22. tadjax says: Nov 12, 2011 6:39 PM

    Exactly 10 days ago Mr. Sandusky was walking the campus of PSU. There had been a Grand Jury Investigation, countless Administrators and coaches knew that this man had actually raped a 10 year old boy on the campus of Happy Valley.
    Okay, PSU had a reputation to donating millions of dollars to charities. Yes, charities that help small children. Charities like Second Mile? Is it okay because of donated money? Really? Yes, you should feel superior because money has been donated to money because that is exactly the problem. The outward appearance of being a wonderful university because of outward gestures that get outward press. When all along, little boys were being raped under the nose of a man some called St. Joe.
    But, you graduate a high percentage of students. I guess that makes it okay. Again, graduating students is all part of the facade.
    We scream :WE ARE PENN STATE. Yes, you are. United. Together. This is not a time to blow your horns. This is a time to take stock in what had been an image that was untrue.
    Remember, 10 days ago Mr. Sandusky walked your campus. Now, today we are to believe the people responsible are gone and it is only good that remains. There is no way PSU deserves that trust.
    10 days ago.

  23. ticalcaldwell says: Nov 12, 2011 6:54 PM

    punishment from god……………….Its what everybody is thinking…..I just said it…….WHAT

  24. ticalcaldwell says: Nov 12, 2011 6:56 PM

    You students at Penn State are nuts….wow….You Jo Pa fanatics are just plain ridiculous…I can’t imagine a 103 year old man having such control over my life…………grow up….I promise, you are going to laugh at yourself one day when you look back at this………….I love football too….but seriously……USE LOGIC

  25. phillyboy20 says: Nov 12, 2011 6:59 PM

    Once again tadjax you write without knowing what you are talking about. THON donates to the four diamonds foundation and the money goes directly to Hersey medical for cancer research

  26. lbijake says: Nov 12, 2011 7:00 PM

    I went to Penn State and admit there are a lot of unanswered questions
    1, Why were no charges filed in 1998?
    2. The DA from 1998 mysteriously disappeared, is there a connection?
    3. Why did the State Police sit on the 1998 investigation?
    4. Why did the family in 1998 remain quiet, civil settlement?
    5, If there was a civil settlement and it required Sandusky to retire, why was he allowed access to Penn State facilities?
    6. Why was he allowed continued access to his charity, Second Mile?
    7. Why has it taken 9 years to bring charges, from the 2002 act(s)?
    8. Why has it taken 11 months for Grand Jury report to be made predator?
    9. Why was Sandusky allowed access, after 2002 incident? After the Grand Jury Report?

    It is my opinion the information that will continue to come out will be worse and worse. It is beneficial there are so many agencies involved it cannot be squelched. Watching Sandusky on the news commenting on the Grand Jury report, he shows no shame or remorse.

  27. tadjax says: Nov 12, 2011 7:14 PM

    I know that about which I am writing. I made a reference to Second Mile not because of the money that PSU donated, just the comparison. I assume Mr. Sandusky’s charity did not benefit from PSU or the association he had with it???? I understand Hershey Medical Center receives money from your foundation. Hershey Medical Center is part of PSU. I do know all about it.
    You are missing the point. You stated that my post was the most ignorant thing you read since this started. Really????? The most ignorant thing I read was that young boys were being raped on the campus of PSU. The next most ignorant thing I read was that is was well known for close to a decade. Them the next most ignorant thing I read was that Mr Sandusky was able to walk the campus 10 days ago.
    But, if you want to defend your school by claiming I am ignorant than so be it. It is time the defenders of PSU realize that this is far from over and your reputation would be better served with humility and not defensiveness.
    The statement made by Mr Paterno when he attempted to retire was pathetic. The protests after he was fired was embarrassing. Then, only after it became apparent that the world was watching in disgust, a vigil for the victims was held. Now we are supposed to say how great you are?
    Call me whatever you want but the reality is you just don’t get it. Trying to make me the bad guy for pointing it out just proves my point.

  28. phillyboy20 says: Nov 12, 2011 7:43 PM

    I am not defending the men that run the football program, and nobody should. What happened is a tragedy and when the students found out what happened they immediately moved to do what they could to help the victims. The approximate two thousand kids that were rioting for joe pa were wrong and luckly don’t make up the majority of a campus that holds 44,000. Watch the the THON videos nobody is there to show off or bc they think they are better than anyone else it’s bc they truly want to make a difference In these kids lives. The idea for the vigil started on Tuesday via a Facebook group, the decision to fire joe pa and the subsequent riot was wednesday. What you don’t get is that the people that make up the university are not the same people that make up the football program.

  29. Sandy Sivits says: Nov 12, 2011 7:43 PM

    People get pretty mouthy & rude – and present info as accurate when they don’t have their REAL NAME associated with it rather than a screen name — (cowardly, IMO!)

    (1) Many of those football players could not afford to attend college except for their scholarship. Yes, the program graduates a high percentage – and how many of those have gone on to do good in their lives, to give back, etc.?

    (2) After ‘getting the call’… JoePa tells the students in his front yard to go home and study. What does that say about his character? His love for the students of PSU?

    (3) The worst thing I have heard anyone say about the Coach is that he wouldn’t let them get away with being anything less than all they could be, to not accept anything less than their best on the field, in the classroom or as men. I can only think of 4 other colleges that set that kind of standard – USNA, West Point, AF Academy and the CG Academy.

    (4) If you can tell me that in hindsight (and having more info now than you did then) you have NEVER said I could have done that differently, or I should have done Y not X, or I should have done more – then you have every right to crucify the man. But I don’t think that you can say you never did – at least if you are honest with yourself.

    I suggest we ignore the “I won’t take responsibility for what I say” cowards who present inaccurate info, who do not understand the legal liability if JoePa had pressed the issue in 1998 and it was unfounded – for both him and the University. He did what he was suppose to do under the guidelines – and those guidelines exist so no one can arbitrarily condemn someone.

  30. mmmpierogi says: Nov 12, 2011 7:45 PM

    12is3times4 says: Nov 12, 2011 5:44 PM

    mmmpierogi: “I just wasn’t sure why [Ron Brown], who has no real history or connection at all with the University or the commonwealth of PA that I know of, would be the one to lead this?”

    I’m guessing it was precisely BECAUSE Brown has no connection to Penn State that he was the one chosen. At this point, anyone even remotely connected to Paterno or Sandusky is suspect of being up to their necks in the whole sordid affair, which means pretty much the entire Penn State coaching staff.

    *********************************************

    Yeah, I’d have never thought it would be anyone connected with Paterno, Sandusky, or the coaching staff. It’s pretty blatantly obvious that no one related to that group would be chosen in a situation one like this.

    However, not everyone in the state of Pennsylvania — where the victims that seem to be forgotten about by people are all from (as far as I know) — is affiliated with Joe Paterno, Sandusky, the coaching staff, or the University. Again, I’m not *at all* criticizing the choice of Brown here – I heard he did a great job, and thus it would be entirely appropriate for him to be doing this. For all I know, he spontaneously stepped up during the prayer with some impactful words – that’s totally fine. He just seemed somewhat of a random selection to make, given the circumstances; I was curious as to whether there had been any explicit rationale offered.

  31. Sandy Sivits says: Nov 12, 2011 8:06 PM

    Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Sandusky is guilty. I believe it is up to 20 possible victims now – where were the parents, the teachers, etc and out of the 20 only 1 mother raised hell? And we are condemning Paterno for not be more proactive about something he was ‘told happened’ & had probably never laid eyes on the child.

    If we lay this off on JoePa then every parent, every one of the kid’s teachers should share the blame – there were signs to be seen – and they had interaction with the children. Kinda nuts – huh? It’s exactly what is being done to Paterno.

  32. malice420dotcom says: Nov 12, 2011 8:13 PM

    Sooo, Where was the worldwide leaders in sport news for fourteen years ?
    Not a single journalist, TV host, analyst, player, guest or water cooler rumor caught a sniff of this guy even though the entire town knew as well as the TV production tech at Ohio State for 14 years. Seriously now. The guy gave you several chances to lock him up. Was the media game cover up and shut up for access. The media is as accountable as JoPa is for allowing child rape on campus by their silence. The silence was as Quite as was loud with Headline Hate and posters aimed at returning Vietnam Veterans. I shutter to think the children of those Vietnam cowards are running the media.
    This guy should have been Herman Cained ten years ago.
    Perhaps if the DA digs a little deeper more criminals will surface, probably media criminals.

  33. latrobe21 says: Nov 12, 2011 8:19 PM

    Just returned home from the game. What an emotional day ! I’m not going to try and defend my university, JoePA or the students because the ignorant critics here have an agenda. I’m not going to explain how I grieve for Sanduskey’s victims.

    What I do want to say is how wonderful and classy EVERYONE associated with the University of Nebraska was, today. I already knew this, but now many more people do, as well. Welcome to the Big 10, the conference is lucky to have you as a member. And to those of you who made the trip to State College for the game, thank you for coming ! I hope you enjoyed your visit and learned all is not as it seems after this very difficult week for all Penn Staters.

  34. rcali says: Nov 12, 2011 8:20 PM

    There’s eventually going to be a long list of people who covered this up and assume all the major media sports networks/companies will have or have had people on their staff that didn’t say a thing or were told to drop it.

  35. malice420dotcom says: Nov 12, 2011 9:17 PM

    None of these questions would be necessary had the media not covered up and shut up for access..
    Some clown journalist At the Patriot News is already hawking a book.

  36. huskerruth says: Nov 12, 2011 9:19 PM

    Ron Brown prayed because that is what Ron Brown does. Check out his organization’s website http://www.freedmennebraska.org/index.html#/home/
    If you ever have a chance to hear him speak you will really understand why he prayed.
    He is a man of God.

  37. stairwayto7 says: Nov 12, 2011 9:32 PM

    You could see the refs were giving Neb EVERY CALL! 2 neb off lineman holding on there one td and nothign called, at least 3 pass int/holding s on neb db’s never called. The media was hoping for a Neb 30+ point win and did nto get it and now have to make up more untruths about Penn State! WE WILL PREVAIL!

  38. tigersgeaux says: Nov 12, 2011 9:46 PM

    stairwayto7: We wanted the Penn State players to win as well. They played well despite the huge distractions and emotional distress to them.

    On another matter, please answer why you denigrate the SEC for two African American coaches when your favorite conference (the Big 10) has how many? How about the Big 12? We have 200% more than either. Quit posting garbage and bigotry.

  39. southernpatriots says: Nov 12, 2011 9:54 PM

    huskerruth:

    Thank you. We did not know Ron Brown previously but knew the moment we heard him pray…anointed and inspiring…and challenging to all who heard it (especially all the Penn State and Nebraska players gathered around).

    A great addition to the inspiring evening.

  40. tadjax says: Nov 12, 2011 10:15 PM

    No one has said there is not a lot of blame to go around. I am sure there will be more blame and charges and ugly facts and rumors.
    I am amazed at the apparent bubble in which some appear to be living. Paterno told the students outside his home after he was fired to go home and study so therefore, he is a wonderful man? Really? Have you read the indictment?
    You compare PSU to our Military Academies and say no other school measures up and, at the same time, insist there is not a feeling of superiority?
    You don’t get it. You really don’t.
    The question was asked if I ever looked back on a decision I made and regretted it. Yes, I have. However, I have never been told a ten year old boy was raped at my job. I have never remained silent to protect the reputation of a man, a group of people or an institution.
    PSU can recover but not when people who are outraged are accused of having an agenda. Like somehow being outraged over this is a bad thing.
    Read the indictment. Grasp what happened and why. Think about it.
    Outside the bubble you are not looking good. Hang on to your opinion that a vigil and a moment of prayer makes it all better.
    Just remember as you walk the campus, children, very young children were raped there and your Administration knew it.
    Now, run along and study. Does telling you to study make me good now?

  41. charger383 says: Nov 12, 2011 10:22 PM

    In spite of it all, a good football game was played and there were no major problems reported. Only got to see a little of it, when we were cleaning up at the train show I was working. But I saw a little of the end of game thing with players from both teams coming together. Class act by Nebraska, way to help out.

  42. Deb says: Nov 12, 2011 11:29 PM

    jeremyb91 says:
    Nov 12, 2011 4:02 PM
    And where was the violence and deaths which a bunch of people who typically comment on this site were preaching just a few days ago?

    Several people said there was no reason to play this game and that playing the game would be risking peoples lives in addition to not respecting the victims. Well a lot of you were wrong because the fans and teams respected the victims and there was no violence.

    ===================================
    Hon, I “typically” comment on this site and expressed concern for Nebraska having to play in an atmosphere where lunatics were turning over vans and rioting in the streets over the firing of people who turned a blind eye to child abuse. That’s not “preaching” violence. That’s expressing legitimate concern based on the behavior your students were exhibiting at the time. I’m thankful the majority of Penn State students behaved with class today, but that wouldn’t change my concerns or comments prior to the game.

    Yes, today’s events were touching. It’s a shame you’re trying to make it an “in your face” moment.

  43. mmmpierogi says: Nov 12, 2011 11:57 PM

    huskerruth says: Nov 12, 2011 9:19 PM

    Ron Brown prayed because that is what Ron Brown does. Check out his organization’s website http://www.freedmennebraska.org/index.html#/home/
    If you ever have a chance to hear him speak you will really understand why he prayed.
    He is a man of God.

    **********************************************

    Thank you for this response, huskerruth. I was not familiar with his background in this regard previously, so this was very informative. I appreciate that you provided actual information and didn’t just give me a snarky response (or, as a bunch of other people had elected to do previously, a thumbs down).

  44. debbiebear says: Nov 13, 2011 12:26 AM

    I believe the first reaction from Penn State on this matter was the real one………..the rest of this is just Hollywood…

    the victims were 8 and 10 years old…

    the adults in this situation are not the victims…

    it is sad that society has such a short attention span and it seems is annoyed when things as serious and horrid as all of this is and want it to go away as soon as possible so they can all get back to their………game.

    Grow up everyone and deal with this as the serious matter it is and with the serious outcome that is inevitable….kids have already been damaged and sentenced to a life not normal and now it is time for all involved to suffer the consequences of their actions or in-actions…………

    cheering on the field where the pedafile walked and showering in the shower where a child (children) was raped………sorry, I have not seen outrage for the children from the students..just somber and sorry…where is the outrage?..and why can we, non Penn State folks, feel so deeply and they don’t?…fires were set and cars tipped over for the coach and what outrage for the innocent?…

    to hide behind “I did what was required of me within the guidelines of my job and the schools requirements”………..yeah, you did just barely enough to stay within those limits Joe….you are a coward hiding behind vague guidelines when you should have taken more action..

    but at least we see you have McQueary by your side…it is neat that he got a job at your side….what a coincidence….and not making sure that Sandusky lost all privileges and keys to Penn State…also neat…you just turned your back, Joe, and went on with your career as children were sacrificed on the altar of your ego.

    Just the kind of guy our kids should look up to …

    .

  45. califdreamin says: Nov 13, 2011 2:35 AM

    The continued veneration of Joe Paterno is misplaced to say the least. Paterno was told that Sanduskey was doing something of a “sexual nature” to a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State showers and he didn’t ask the GA for additional details? REALLY?? He didn’t ask ‘exactly what did you see?’ or ‘exactly what was Sanduskey doing?’ And reports the incident to the Athletic Dir. and then forgets about it?? REALLY?? Do you think Paterno might have reacted differently if it was one of his sons, or his grandchild, being raped by Sanduskey??

    And the GA, McCreary, witnessing a grown man raping a 10-year-old boy, doesn’t do ANYTHING to stop the assault?? Or at the very least call the police??? Ask yourself: If I saw that, what would I do? Run like McCreary did and leave that child to his attacker? I think not!

    All of these co-conspirators, including the beloved Joe Pa, permitted this pervert to continue preying on children with impunity – not one did anything more than cover his ass – or Penn State’s collective ass – with no thought whatsoever to the horror endured by these children. These are not great or even good men. SHAME ON THEM ALL and shame on any who venerate or excuse them!!

  46. bryan1945 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:43 AM

    debbiebear says:
    I believe the first reaction from Penn State on this matter was the real one………..the rest of this is just Hollywood…

    ——————
    Sorry Debbie, but the candlelight vigil plan started on Tuesday, before the riots of a few idiots. Over $300,000 has been raised for RAINN. (rainn.org)

    None of the alumni (I also being one) feel nothing but sorrow for the victims and anger at our school. The courts will punish the guilty. The coaching staff and the Trustees need to go.

    What kind of outrage do you want? Your answer to violent crimes in more anger? Quite the outlook, continuing a cycle of anger and violence.

    But Hollywood? No.

  47. 1historian says: Nov 13, 2011 6:54 AM

    This was all for the (numerous) cameras and the (numerous microphones). It was business as usual.

    The only real tribute to those kids would have been to cancel the game.

  48. huskerruth says: Nov 13, 2011 8:32 AM

    1historian says: Nov 13, 2011 6:54 AM

    This was all for the (numerous) cameras and the (numerous microphones). It was business as usual.

    If you are making this statement in regard to the prayer then you don’t know Ron Brown. There may have been some there for the show but Brown is no pharisee. He is the real deal. What you see is who he is, a Christian and not afraid to let God be in charge of his life.

  49. florida727 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:43 AM

    Just read an article about Bobby Bowden’s response to what happened at Penn State, and he brought up a great point that I hadn’t really focused on before regarding Paterno’s culpability in this scenario.

    Bowden pointed out that Paterno is quoted as saying he wishes he WOULD have done more.

    Paterno didn’t say he wishes he COULD have done more.

    One little letter in the alphabet makes an enormous difference in Joe’s negligence in this matter. Saying he wishes he WOULD have done more, in essence states, “yeah, I knew what happened, but I chose to do nothing, and I now realize I should have done something.” We all wish we COULD have something to prevent this, and any rational person would have.

    Sorry, Joe. Your legacy should be a great one. Now it’ll be anything but that. 409 wins means nothing when there’s one “loss” like this on the coaching resume.

  50. huskerruth says: Nov 13, 2011 1:40 PM

    Here is a link to an article that helps explain Ron Brown. http://www.omaha.com/article/20111112/BIGRED/711129782/1140#shatel-a-reason-for-being-and-for-playing

  51. debbiebear says: Nov 13, 2011 8:06 PM

    Bryan1945…

    outrage like demanding the game be cancelled….

    outrage verbally that the team planned to present the game ball to Paterno if they won..

    outrage in articles in the school paper and the local newspaper condemning the conduct…

    outrage like banners of stating your disgust being held in a march so the world could see this disturbed you….

    outrage during the day with raised voices that those involved be brought to justice and that Penn State be redeemed……..

    outrage in the form of not showing up at the Nebraska game the next day

    outrage at holding a sit in out side the stadium in protest of what has happened and that more is not being done and done faster…

    but to hold a quiet vigil with candles is so passive….and then to just go to class and work and the game and just get on with your lives…nope, not enough..and no matter what you have heard money does not cure everything..sometimes a TRUE sacrifice is needed…and if you are fuzzy of what sacrifice means then ask the child who was butt raped in the shower, I imagine he could enlighten you.

    So, if you are in deed up set about this…..lets see that emotion lets hear that emotion make us feel how up set you are, because right now all I see is business as usual.

  52. justanobservor says: Nov 14, 2011 12:43 AM

    I’ve been a college football fan for more than 50-years. I have often traveled to distant locales to see games between two teams for whom I have no connection or allegiance. My interest was simply to see a good college game and take in the local flavor attached to the competing teams and the home venue.

    Having said this, I must admit that in all of my years of watching this great pastime, I have never seen anything quite like what I saw before the start of Saturday’s game between Nebraska and Penn State. To say it was poignant and moving almost seems not to do it justice.

    Indeed, how many times in recent years have we seen the start of college games marred by near riots between the two opposing schools as their respective teams take the field? But to see Nebraska and Penn State players, along with their coaching staffs come together at mid-field before the start of their game was not only poignant and moving, but inspiring beyond words.

    What a thoughtful gesture by both teams, but particularly by the visitors. Nebraska’s team easily could have opted to remain aloof from the turmoil that has engulfed Penn State in recent days. Even taken the attitude, “let’s play this game and get outta here!”

    But instead of adopting such a stance, they joined with their fellow human beings — not just football players — expressing at once the simple notion, “we understand the difficulty of what you are going through; we sense your hurt; we are with you.“

    Poignant? – Moving? – Inspiring? I certainly believe so, particularly in a world that often-times today doesn’t see such gestures as frequently as it once maybe did. And certainly in a college football world where I’ve never seen such behavior and sportsmanship on display before.

  53. southernpatriots says: Nov 14, 2011 6:27 AM

    justanobserver: Thank you! We completely agree. My family and I have similar experiences (traveled all over the US to see football games, though we are genetically and generationally LSU Tigers and now retired professionals).

    Thank you for a most moving posting of a very inspiring moment in a most extraordinary evening. Our hopes are there are many more of these as good Penn State alums and students, as well as those who can make changes–do, and help bring healing to all, especially the victims.

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