The True Sadness of Joe Paterno's Passing

The True Sadness of Joe Paterno's Passing

Joe Paterno built one of the most prestigious and successful college football programs in the history of our country. He was a generous philanthropist, specifically in the State College area, and had a positive (almost fatherly) impact on the lives of every individual who spent a few years on the Penn State campus over the last fifty years. He preached - and there really is no better word for it - running a college football program "the right way". As schools around the nation suffered sanctions and revocation of bowl eligibility for everything imaginable, Paterno continued to sport alarmingly high graduation rates for players and a relatively unscathed criminal record.

Then in 1998 Jerry Sandusky, famed defensive coordinator, admits to authorities he inappropriately showered with a young boy:

1998 -- Penn State police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare investigate an incident in which the mother of an 11-year-old boy reported that Sandusky had showered with her son and may have had inappropriate conduct with him. In a June 1, 1998, interview with investigators from both agencies, Sandusky admits showering naked with the boy, admitting that it was wrong and promising not to do it again, according to the grand jury report. The district attorney advises investigators that no charges will be filed and the university police chief instructs that the case be closed, according to the testimony included in the grand jury report from the police detective who investigated the incident.

After subsequently being informed by Paterno that he'd not be the next Penn State head coach, Sandusky inexplicably retired from all of coaching. His parting gift? Full access to Penn State campus and facilities. We are meant to believe the timing of these two decisions are mere coincidence. We are meant to believe also that the nation's most highly regarded defensive mind simply walked away from football in the prime of his coaching career. We are meant to believe Joe Paterno made his decisions on Sandusky's future without knowledge of the failed investigation into his devious behavior.

What happened next in the life of Jerry Sandusky is one of the most deceitful, grotesque and vile chapters in human history. Sandusky utilized his Second Mile charity to prey upon disadvantaged boys, dangling Penn State as the carrot before the horse, taking sexual advantage in the basement of his home, in Paterno's football facilities and in Bowl week hotel rooms.

Mike McQueary saw Sandusky pinning a boy in the shower in 2002. Sandusky was reported in the president's box at Joe Paterno's historic 409th victory. October. 2011.

Here is the true sadness of Joe Paterno's passing: we'll never know what he knew. We'll never know what he said to Sandusky in 1999, leading to Sandusky's shocking retirement. We'll never know know how he orchestrated the post-McQueary coverup that swept this sordid tale under the Penn State rug for nearly a decade. For the rest of our lives most will be forced to debate the legacy of a man who put the reputation of the institution he loves ahead of the safety and security of the most vulnerable children in his community. Those who believe he knew little and acted as he thought best will be supported by his only public statements having supported that opinion. Those like me who believe he knew all that transpired within the walls of Penn State will never have the opportunity to hear Paterno asked the questions he needed to be asked.

It is a tragedy, his death, but not because he died. His death is a tragedy because he leaves so much unknown behind.

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  • Fuck Paterno's face.

  • as long as it's not ruskell's penis that's doing it.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    ewwwwww.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sorry. just had to get in a "we don't want ruskell for ANYTHING" line in here somewhere.

  • It is a tragedy, his death, but not because he died. His death is a tragedy because he leaves so much unknown behind.

    He could have taken a swig from a canteen full of water from the fountain of youth, and backpedalled 10 more years, and he would have never, ever, admitted jack shit.

    In the early days of the scandal, the guy told, or tried to tell, Spanier how it was going to. He would play out the season then retire. He said "you don't need to worry yourselves about this" to the regents. The regents, once it was understood that the knew, had to shit can him.

    As Boers & Bernstein have covered, in the NYT article about the regent meeting - the vote was UNANIMOUS. Not a single dissenter. So fuck Franco Harris and everyone who said JoePa got a raw deal, because everyone in that room understood that JoePa knew what McQuery saw, knew it was rape, decided to cover up.

    End of story. If JoePa had an OUNCE of wiggle room on this, the regents vote would not have been unanimous to oust him.

    JoePa enabled a predator. Nothing else needed to be said. On his death bed, JoePa mumbled something to the effect of "I didn't know this man with man, as rape" or something that only worsened the perspective of a dying man hiding behind his catholic convictions, trying to get all Bobby Knight on equivocating what the word rape means.

    The university is shamed. It should step away from D1 football program in total and take a decade to clean house. The corruption in the valley is total. It cost a prosecutor his life when he got too close. The place is a paranoid enclave, a kind of Twin Peaks of Pennsylvania. All it needs is Agent Cooper asking Diane how the pie is.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I am a long time reader of this site, since the latter half of the 05 season (you know, the one at the end of which Steve Smith tried his hardest to show the Bears what a real reciever looked like) but a first time commenter.
    I am also a Penn State student, in fact, I'm sitting in the business school waiting for class as I type. Like any other student I'm a die hard PSU football fan, though I was raised to bleed the blue and gold of Notre Dame. Suffice to say that I didn't always love PSU the way I do now; Penn State and Notre Dame don't like each other.
    This is the part of your comment with which I take issue: "The place is a paranoid enclave, a kind of Twin Peaks of Pennsylvania. All it needs is Agent Cooper asking Diane how the pie is."
    Penn State is the second largest school in the nation, behind only Ohio State. State College is home to nearly 45,000 undergraduate students; it's graduate student population brings its enrollment to nearly 80,000 across Pennyslvania. The assertion, made by plenty of people before you, that Happy Valley is some disconnected, brainwashed enclave of JoePa worship is, quite frankly, asinine. Those thousand or so students you saw "rioting" (and lets agree that we're using that term loosely here) after Paterno was fired make up about 1/80 of the student population.
    As a football coach we love JoePa like Bama fans love Bear Bryant. He gave us so much; he built our school. Not only did he donate millions to charity, but he donated millions to Penn State's educational facilities, benefiting tens of thousands of students he would never meet. So yes, we are sad that he has passed.
    But, by and large most people recognize the gravity of what has happened here. We are as sickened as shocked as anybody else, perhaps more so than most because it hits so close to home. We've watched an institution we love get dragged through the mud in the worst possible sense of the term, and rightfully so. We've had to come to terms with the fact that this school's administration and football coaches conspired to cover up the most heinous of crimes, without being able to do anything to set it right. Every time somebody asks where I go to school, I feel like lying. Not because I don't love Penn State anymore, but because I am ashamed of what a very select number of people did. I am ashamed that I am immediately associated with it, fair or not.
    An overwhelming majority of Penn State students and alumni will tell you that, yes, at the end of the day Joe Paterno needed to go. The part he played, whatever the extent, in the most vile scandal in the history of American higher education is an inexcusable one. We are well and truly sickened by it. But on the day of his death, our community trying to remember Joe Paterno for all the good he did, if only for a day, is far from making us a "paranoid enclave."
    So, the next time you turn on the tv and see 200 people acting like idiots, and 800 more standing around watching them be idiots, try not to paint such a broad generalization of a community 80 times that size. The media will tell you that we are all crazy, that all of us are so blinded by our love of a football program that we place the reputation of one man over the safety of children, but its simply not the case. Most of us are sane and rational people, sickened, shocked, and surprised as anybody else. Remember, the media told you that jay Cutler sucked too.

  • In reply to BearDownInMD:

    That is a very good reply. Sometimes I forget what the media portrays is not always pure and factual (by that I am refering to painting Penn State students with a broad brush after the riots). I do like that you are not making excuses for Paterno and the terrible acts he covered up.

  • In reply to BearDownInMD:

    The coaching staff and administration did it on your behalf, to preserve your love and admiration for that football program and coach. Now, they did that because your love and admiration paid them millions of dollars a year, some of which was then sent back to the community that just paid it to them, in the guise of charity (baffling to me how THAT gets so much praise)...so as someone who professes to love the PSU football program, just remember, Joe-Pa did it because he loves you and the rest of your paranoid enclave.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Turning over a news van and trashing it, throwing rocks at cops, tearing down lightposts...well, it may not be "rioting" in the Algerian neighborhood on fire sense, but as far as behavior on a university campus goes, it qualifies.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    deum MBP... and he weilds a sharp blade everyone.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It would seem to me that you are implicating that the fans, students, etc. are somewhat responsible here, because their admiration of the football program and the money they poured into it probably played a role in prompting a handful of powerful individuals to cover up child rape. Of course, you make no mention of the possibility that they did it to cover their own a$$es. Is that, in fact, what you're trying to say? I'd like to know before I dignify that kind of stupidity with a response.
    As for me and "the rest of (my) paranoid enclave," well, it would appear that you didn't actually read anything I said. Anger over a situation that would anger anybody is one thing, but blind hatred of an entire group based on the actions of a very small minority is another.
    I professed to love the Penn State football team, not the people who run it, nor the coaches who coached it before fifteen years before I enrolled.
    Cincinnati Reds fans are not all racists, nor do they all condone racism, just because the team owner was a racist and they made her millions of dollars (there are those who might make the same statement about the Bears.) Catholics are not all child rapists, nor do they all condone child rape, just because a minority of individuals with power sought to cover it up to save their own livelihoods.
    Never once did I say that Paterno was innocent in this. Never once did I say that Penn State's administration was innocent, either. Heads will roll, as they should. The University itself will suffer the shame for generations, as it should. That does not make us all "paranoid."

  • In reply to BearDownInMD:

    That does not make us all "paranoid."

    Voting against overturning the commonwealth law sure as hell does. How will you vote?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's been my experience that paranoid enclaves are places where prosecutors go missing, with only their laptops found floating in rivers with hard drives removed when investigating beloved football programs.

  • In reply to BearDownInMD:

    You seem to be writing alot of words that in no way correlate to what I said.
    Is that typical for you?

  • In reply to BearDownInMD:

    The argument that PSU fans have no part in this sounds awfully self-serving coming from a PSU fan, by the way.
    If it's so awful, take your degree and walk.
    I haven't watched five minutes of college football since this scandal broke. The system is rotten to the core and I'm not going to actively facilitate it, as a fan or a commentor on this board.

  • In reply to BearDownInMD:

    Want to back that up? You know, with actions rather than words? Because it's easy to wax eloquent on how sane and rational a community is, it's another to act with transparency. It's simple, actually:

    1. Make sure that Gary Schultz and Tim Curley do HARD TIME .

    The grand jury details incidents that start in '95 and go to '08, any one of which should have been sufficient to inquire.

    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/11/who_knew_what_about_jerry_sand.html

    2. Do as Michigan and other states do, be transparent about salaries paid by the public dime:

    http://www.scholarsandrogues.com/2012/01/20/penn-state-should-opt-for-transparency-on-salaries/

    3. Penn State hides behind the Right to Know law, and a ridiculous Sovereign Immunity Act, which is a blanket shield against ANY civil claim against the university.

    4. The commonwealth law that Penn State is hiding behind. You mention Ohio State. Well, Ohio State and just about every other Big Ten school is subject to FOIA. Penn State Happy Valley corn nuts try and claim Penn State is a private school when it suits them and denies all FOIA requests. Fuck that. They hid behind that one when the papers started this Sandusky story 2 years ago. Where were all the rational people then? Oh yeah, covering up for JoePa, that was a winning season.

    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-15/penn-state-government-ties-may-limit-liability-from-scandal-moody-s-says

    So - really - it's great that my comments dug up somebody to try and stick up for the sanity of Happy Valley. You are the silent majority. I see.

    Well, fucking ACT rational then. Because your house there at PSU is most definitely NOT in order.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I can assure you that my eyesight, though not perfect, is good enough to read without the caps lock on. Try as you might, you can't make text scream.
    That being said, it may be easy to wax eloquent about how sane and rational a community is, but it's equally as easy to play sanctimonious arm chair judge.
    I think, ultimately, we arguing two different points. I took issue with your classifying the entire community as a "paranoid enclave." I do not, and never did, wish to defend Penn State's lack of transparency. I think we can all agree that a lack of transparency allowed this to occur, my point is that I don't think you'll find many people here who would disagree with you. We've been promised a much more transparent future by the new president, we'll see what actually happens.
    Personally, I can't make sure that Gary Schultz and Tim Curley do hard time. That, of course, is up to a jury. I certainly hope they are convicted as well, assuming that a trial renders them as guilty as they seem now.

  • In reply to BearDownInMD:

    Well as a B-school alumnus and potential future alumni donor, you will have as much power as anyone to demand that change.

  • btw, everyone who was described as invloved in the 1998 brushing under the rug should be brought up on criminal charges. Disgusting. That monster should have been in jail the next day after Mcquerry saw him rape that boy. Jesus, what the fuck have we become.

    oh, and did you guys see Jay's pregnant! Yay!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great, first he breaks his thumb and now he'll be on maternity leave next season.

    P.S. Screw Paterno and his lack of knowledge about man on boy rape. He's full of shit and didn't want to tarnish his precious program with a scandal.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    ha

  • I did like one of the comments in the NYT section, somebody still has humor:

    "Now that he's dead, does this mean he'll finally give up coaching?"

    LOL.

  • not really a sci-fi guy, but that disgusting picture of that disgusting man reminds me of these thingys: http://www.lordoftheringsfigures.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/lotrrubo_f.jpg

    Man, just looking at his face makes me sick/angry.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tried joining ya on-line yesterday but no dice.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    really? weird. will be on this week a few times. will send you a shoutout if you're online.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think even Sauron would take a pass on raping 10 year old boys in a shower. If Sauron even has a penis, Tolkien never says. It could have been his cock ring, that might explain his desire to get it back.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    creative theory... I think I might like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If so, make sure it is the text-only version.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    you don't accept pretty HMTL email? Fucking dev guys. jesus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hah - I'm just saying, given the subject matter, that you may not want to get any pics that come with that newsletter.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm afraid to google Sauron cock ring.

  • oh and fuck the pats and gints. What a bummer or a repeat of a super bowl - laaaame.

    Was really hoping for a Harbaugh bowl.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree that the brothers facing off in the Super Bowl would have been a great storyline.

    Brady vs. Eli - the Re-match is kind of less compelling, esp. if Brady wins as let's face it, he's really not the most likable of guys.

    I did like the Papa John's commercial with the Bus and Papa, and they go out for the coin toss, and the ref is Peyton Manning and the Bus says "Peyton?" and he says "hey man, a guy's gotta work."

    That was funny. Brady could use a few of those self-effacing lessons, although in fairness, he took himself down several notches when he hosted SNL.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah GP.. but you got say this was hysterical:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_3pPAuE0jw&feature=related

    "Get open, Get open! you suck!!!hahahahaha

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    This ESPN profile makes me laugh

    http://sportsnation.espn.go.com/fans/hacksawslimdruggin#/fans/HacksawSlimDruggin/albums/24015343/images/2090714

  • In reply to gpldan:

    bbbbbbbbbbbbwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaa!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think Brady is a dbag in the way that the biebs probably is... a super-rich guy with a supermodel wife with 4 super bowl rings, who's totally and completely lost any semblance of a connection with the real world. That's why every once in a while you'll see a youtube vid of him dancing like a 14 year old girl in the VIP section at some high flatulent event.

    Seems like he doesn't have much of a personally, maybe he's a fucking robot built in the lab by belicheat funded by kraft? Or an alien like in MIB.

    The mannings are dbags in the sense that they’re just goofy. Funny though. I saw the pregame feed where eli was warming up in a tshirt and if you saw him on some high school field and didn’t know who he was, but someone said, “that dude’s an… ‘elite’ NFL QB’ you’d be like… shut UP dude! Like OMG… no WAY! MAGAN!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I give you a 3 time, (maybe 4)superbowl winner

    http://sportsofboston.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/052211_tombeingridiculous.jpg

  • It's sad Paterno died in shame. Tragic? Hardly. He deserves all the shame heaped on him. Sandusky should be killed by a long, slow, agonizing method. Anyone involved that knew about the cover up should be arrested and have their day in court.

    Nothing against anyone that went to the school or is currently going. As if college athletics aren't already one of the biggest lying, deceitful POS on the planet. This scandal takes it to a whole new level.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The problem with him dying by a slow and agonizing method is that someone has to actually do it.

  • Twitter says, we have our new GM and his name is....

    Marc Ross.

    It ain't Jimmy Raye, according to Kip Lewis. He's been informed he's out of the running.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP...were did you hear this?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Our Boy Roy retweeted it from Kip Lewis.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The Ross part is (almost) purely wishful thinking.

    It could very well be Emery, but the timing doesn't make sense. If it's Ross, they have to wait. Emery should be able to walk now.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    fuck, saw that tweet... be still my beating heart.

    Common McCaskey's just this fucking once make the right choice you ultra-rich cunts (not that there's anything wrong with capitalism).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    agree and did check the TW on Kip..he's saying the same thing..Ross can't move on anything until they win the SB

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Sun-Times this morning said we don't necessarily have to wait to hire Ross. It's up to the Giants. The article points out that McKenzie was allowed to go to Oakland before GB season was over.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2012/01/giants_and_patriots_determine_.html

    Who the fuck is McGinn, anyway, besides a Packer reporter? Is he trustworthy?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Apparently. McGinn stirred some controversy a while back with the following tweet:

    Wonder why Terrelle Pryor made so many on-, off-field bad decisions at #Ohio State? He scored 7 on Wonderlic IQ test. Yes, 7. Al Davis' QB.

    http://twitter.com/#!/BobMcGinn/status/108961585925591040

    Turns out Pryor scored a 22. McGinn "clarified," saying the 7 was on Pryor's first test.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/31/pryor-got-a-wonderlic-mulligan-too/

    I like hobartbarker's comment:

    hobartbaker says: Aug 31, 2011 9:11 PM
    "Cheesehead Yellow Lying Scum McGinn offers NO attribution or proof of the crap he distributes. Only an invitation to click on his BOG so he doesn’t get fired next week for viewer apathy. Pathetically Packer like behavior. It’s too bad natural disasters never bother to visit Wisconsin either."

  • fuck... the chiefs?!?!?! Really? Over Ross? Why???

    BobMcGinn The #Bears on the verge of hiring #Chiefs dir. of college scouting Phil Emery as GM. NFL sources said just a matter now of dotting the i's.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    On the bright side of that, he certainly won't be afraid to draft a reciever, seeing as he drafted Baldwin and Bowe (though Bowe may have been before his time). He may also give us a leg up on getting Bowe through free agency, and I think he'd work wonders with Jay throwing to him. Not exactly sure that the Chiefs are the aspirational model as far as talent evaluation and team building, however.

  • In reply to BearDownInMD:

    that last sentence.

    I want to know why they're choosing this dude over ross... other than the fact that he's obviously more willing to suck lovie's dick on a weekly basis.

    Jeff... what do yo have? Why Emery over Ross?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    don't be scared. yet.

    https://twitter.com/#!/danpompei/status/161562188648165377

    and note this tweet came after a bunch of people said emery to be hired.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I'm a bears fan ev, of course I'm scared. Wrong personnel decisions for us are like cholesterol for Micky Ds.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    like i said - "yet."

    and remember - McGinnis was our next head coach. so i've learned not to believe anything until it's officially official. not just official.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    fair enough

  • In reply to evantonio:

    but if it is emery, during his tenure as a bears scout we saw some big misses, but some big hits as well:

    C Enis
    Tony Parrish
    C McNown
    B Urlacher,
    Mike Brown
    D Terrell
    A Thomas
    Marc Colombo
    R Grossman
    C Tillman
    L Briggs

    (or so says this guy: https://twitter.com/#!/psrejic/status/161567416814551043)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    McGinn is usually correct on these things, according to others picking up this report:

    http://www.arrowheadpride.com/

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2012/1/23/2728212/chicago-bears-gm-phil-emery-kansas-city-chiefs

    Emery was an area scout for the Bears.

    Ruskell gave Emery his break, and there will probably be pressure for him to retain Ruskell in his present position.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/10136318-606/phil-emery-seen-as-favorite-for-bears-gm-job.html

  • nice. pep.

    vxmcclure23about 3 hours agoSaw Corey Graham at the airport heading to Hawaii for Pro Bowl. Julius Peppers will be joining him after being named to the team today.

    and hell yes, Peanut better win the payton MOTY award damn it.

  • This article is flattering as well:

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-01-20/sports/ct-spt-0121-gm-bears-chicago--20120121_1_personnel-director-area-scout-bears

  • In reply to gpldan:

    would still like some new blood at halas. Hiring for familiarity or how much he'll kowtow to lovie is not acceptable. If ross is a better talent evaluator then hire ross. I imagine ringing endorsements from NFL name-brands can easily be had for all of the candidates.

    I'm not stuck on ross, just want the best man for the gig. If that's emery, great. At all costs I don't want angelo or ruskell 2.0.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Angelo was a pencil pusher and a double-talker who had a mediocre eye for talent and a good eye for self-preservation. I think history will show the Cutler and Peppers moves were big splash moves designed to save his skin when he was in trouble.

    Emery, from the notes, is a "grinder", a guy who - while he may love his family and all - did years of 300 days on the road. A straight talker, not prone to Glitchy's aphorisms and Orwellian nonsense.

    He will travel - alot probably - and our drafts will be better for it. He has no real sense on how to manage a club, and will leverage Cliff for alot of that, and within the confines of Halas Hall - I think it will be Lovie who ultimately gets final call on who we target in free agency. I'd love to grab Mario Manningham from this Giants squad. But it will be Lovie's call.

    Emery is what the Bears want - a guy who will have deep, deep research on everyone in the draft and revamp the Bears scouting crew into a top team of talent seekers. Not that we will see any of it, but I expect the draft day book to be a much better, much more complete - volume of info on every time one of the draft prospects even THOUGHT about the bong.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I also think Emery would put the kabosh on any thoughts of Burfict.

    Everyone has us taking Jeffery. 6'4" - 228. I'm not liking the talk of him still being rough and needing work, but he has much better speed than Floyd. I'm also sure that we are drafting a wideout in 1, no matter who the GM is.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    sounds interesting/promesing. Haven't had time to do much research. Thanks for the insight GP.

    Sounds like you've done your homework. So all things being even, would you rather have emery or ross?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I didn't do my research on Ross. I couldn't say. Jeff could say. I don't have an opinion on if Emery is +/- to Ross.

    Once the Sun-Times and the Trib went to press with the story about Emery being the guy in the saturday early editions, I spent the weekend looking at stuff on him.

    I'm all for unorthodox offices and titles, but let's be honest: Emery is director of player personnel if he comes here. Teddy Ballgame will decide what happens to Lovie, and Lovie will have this year to field a great team and at least make the playoffs.

    Urlacher and Briggs have one more year in the tank. We have enough parts to contend. Tice stays, and we go back to a balanced attack, and we go get Marshall and Manningham and draft Jefferys we are ready to rock.

    We could still use a center, but Spencer can snap in a pinch. We need a LT, but I'm thinking we're getting one in the 2nd round.

    I hopeful for a good year. I think the Pack has peaked, the Lions will take a step backwards once we re-assert. I really, really, really want to have one year where we stack the deck at wideout. Watching Cruz, Nicks and Manningham tear up is making me nuts for an attack like that in Navy and Orange. Jay has a way better arm than Eli.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, are we talking conjecture on Emery or is it still unknown on who the next GM will be?

  • This fucking shit blog.

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  • Well replies just got nuked. Fucking gnomes.

    Trac - I'm going done deal on Emery. You have Sun-Times and Trib running him as favorite on Saturday, I don't know this McGinn guy for shit, but SBNation says he's usually right.

  • skjensen Indications I'm getting is that #Bears will do second round of interviews, and Tim Ruskell will not get one.

  • buttsteak, did you break the fucking blog?

  • I am just amazed at the giant steaming pile of shit that is Chicago Now. Any other blog, someone forgets to close a bold, and all they have to do is edit the post or close it in a reply. Really, this place is pathetic.

  • Big bird said that?

    I don't get that.

    Maybe Ross isn't off the table yet.

  • In other words, MB, I blame Meagan.

  • GP...

    skjensen Indications are Phil Emery of the Chiefs will get a second interview and so will Jason Licht of the Patriots. Raye, Ross & Ruskell out.

    Buttsteak, Magan's sparkles? MAAAAGN!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjvXxwvg8mc (it never gets old!)

  • Ruskell out. That's reason to celebrate, whether you like Emery/Licht or not.

  • indeed BS, indeed.

    On the other hand Emery sounds like a mature guy. Jesus.

    ProFootballTalk From our moles at the Senior Bowl: Phil Emery is telling everyone he's getting the Bears' G.M. job and no one believes him.

  • I'm Gumby, dammit.

  • Shattering news: Bears hire Ted Phillips as GM, continue search for true talent evaluator.

  • A true talent evaluator that won't dump Ruskell.

  • Jensen is saying Tice out of consideration as Raydah's HC.

    http://twitter.com/#!/skjensen/status/161606806991409152

  • Vince Wilfork was a beast yesterday. He seemed to play the entire game, and was disruptive all day, which is pretty amazing for a guy that big. He never seemed to slow down all day.
    Tom Brady looks like shit when you get some pressure and cut off his dink and dunk routes.
    Defenses still win Championships, especially the pass rush. In the end, the 49er's and Ravens both played great defensive games, but ultimately lost due to their special teams. I would not want to be Cundiff or the punt returner for the 49er's today. Or Lee Evans for that matter. I read somewhere that Williams the punt returner got death threats after the game.
    Eli Manning is a tough SOB. He can take a beating like Cutler and keep going.

  • Defenses win Championships?

    The Patriots are 31 and the Giants are 27 overall.

    Granted, playoffs are a different scenario.

  • Artoo, you know that stat has zero meaning. Yardage doesn't make any difference, points do.

  • Remember.. GM's like to bring their people and implement their system.

    Granted Ruskell gave Emery his first start in the NFL but don't underestimate what a GM will not do.

  • Posse, that stat has meaning. I hate to see a team give up that much yardage in a game. It means two things.

    Your defense sucks and your defense cannot stop anything.

    I agree that Defense wins championships. I mean, look at Difler and Marino. They are perfect examples of that. I am just saying that the Giants and Patriots have no defense.

  • Phil Emery, ehhh??? Why not, I guess. I've pretty much given up even attempting to prognosticate success for new GM hires. It seems like most of the guys that have become successful recently were all from out of nowhere. Holmgren and Parcells were the only two (off the top of my head) recent GM hires that really made any buzz, and they didn't exactly turn things around for their franchises. I can only hope that this Emery guy doesn't make me long for the good 'ol days of Jerry Angelo vacant first round draft selections.

    oh, and btw I just wanted to wish you all a happy 1-year anniversary of the greatest game ever played.

    Gonna go watch it on DVD actually, while I milk the last two weeks of championship glory. Can't wait to see Caleb in action!

  • She says when she feels like crying
    She starts laughing thinking about
    Glory days...

  • After seeing Steven Tyler do the National Anthem yesterday, my opinion of him is still the same. The dude is a choad. Aerosmith peaked with Flowers in the Attic 35 years ago. I seen them dudes in concert around 1990. and it was one of the worst shows I've ever seen. I don't think they played more than 80 minutes. Cock rock bands like Poison were better, and I don't like Poison.

  • If the 49er's would have won, the NFC would have had 11 different teams in the Super Bowl in the last 11 years. Talk about parity. The only teams not to make the Super Bowl in the NFC since then are Lions, Vikings, Cowboys, Redskins, 49er's, and Falcons.

  • I actually went and did my due diligence on Emery and Ross (not Licht since I didn't consider him a fav), and I expected for Ross to blow Emery out of the water, but I was surprised.

    Check out the recent drafts of both the Chiefs and Giants.

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/fulldraft?teamId=2310&type=team

    This is from the last 2-3 yrs.

    Chiefs. (WR) Baldwin (C) Hudson...(S) Eric Berry (WR/KR) McCluster (G) Asamoah

    Giants. (CB) Prince (DE) Piere-Pau (WR) Nicks

    None of us outsiders really know how much either Emery or Ross had to do with those picks, but Emery actually stacks up pretty well in terms of the draft.

    What worries me is the Ruskell/Bears connection and this..."Multiple reports have indicated that Emery is the favorite for the job because of his connection to the Bears and because he doesn’t plan on overhauling the scouting department."

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/23/report-bears-on-verge-of-hiring-emery-as-gm/#listen-live

    DOESN'T PLAN TO OVERHAUL THE SCOUTING DEP?!!WTF?!!

    That's like dropping a Pinto motor into Porsche; it might look good from the outside, but it's still gonna suck balls.

    We need a GM who is going to be given the freedom to fire/hire whatever scouts he chooses.

  • Also, this just in, Tice is not going to Oak after all to interview.

    Thus, Tice is OC for Bears in 2012.

    (Heard it on The Score. BTW, Gould is on there, and he's knows his shit).

  • The Bears scouting people may not need overhauling. Glitchy may have ignored much of their research.

    Maybe fire a couple bad apples, and train the rest up.

    Scouting is hard work, many days on the road, looking for info nobody else has on players, taking notes on injuries that coaches and parents may be hiding - I think it's a learned art, and Emery can be Yoda.

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