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For the love of God, Joe

Posted on: May 15, 2008 7:18 pm

Please retire. Please? Before you die right there on the sideline?

I'm serious, and I'm not trying to be a jerk. Maybe I come off as a jerk. Big shock there. But in all sincerity, this latest medical issue is another sign that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno needs to resign before he has the ugliest ending in coaching history.

The guy is 81. He's getting frail of health, as so many people in their 80s do. There's nothing wrong with that.

My problem with Paterno is his hubris, his denial, that he could die right there on a Saturday afternoon, turning Happy Valley into the world's largest wake. Or maybe he's not in denial. Maybe he's very well aware of the possibility, and he doesn't care. Either way it's an ugly thought, a terrible idea, and it's certainly not something I want to happen.

But it could. Paterno needs to realize that, and realize how horrible that would be for everyone involved, and get out before it actually does happen.

Or someone above him -- there is someone above him at Penn State, right? -- needs to realize it for him. And force him out.

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Tags: Joe Paterno

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 12:31 pm

For the love of God, Joe

Who knows? Maybe that's the way Joe wants to go out - to croak right there on the sideline in the middle of a big game, perhaps in the middle of a heated argument with an official over a questionable call. Wouldn't be the worst way for a venerable football coach to leave the planet.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2008 12:12 pm

For the love of God, Joe

Questions for Doyel and you other trolls trashing JoePa:

(1) What age does someone have to be for it to be alright for them to suffer from dehydration? Is okay for the 20-25 year olds I met in Iraq, wearing battle rattle and driving around in buttoned-up, inadequately a/c'd vehicles in 130 degree temps to dehydrate? Or will you mock them as well?

(2) How old do you want to live to be, and what do you plan on doing in those later years? Are YOU going to meekly quit at, say, 65 years old and meekly move to Florida to live in a blue-hair community? Or are you going to try to stay active AND contribute to the lives of those around you? Problems aside (and if you read more than Doyel's drivel, you would say that most Penn State fans are unhappy about the off-the-field issues), we still believe that Joe is a positive influence on his players. I can easily name a half-dozen football coaches that I wouldn't let on my front porch to recruit my kid, b/c I don't want him "mentored" by a liar, cheater, drunk, etc.!!!!

I noticed that most of the one-star ratings I've been getting are from fans of teams who seem to hire those prostitute coaches. I guess you like it when he lifts your team's skirts, huh?

Major props to the poster who pointed out that the trolls are mostly fans of teams that don't like losing to an 81-year-old.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2008 11:08 am

For the love of God, Joe

Who is to say that any 50 or 60 year old coach couldn't have an unfortunate collapse on the sideline.  Why single out Joe Pa?  Amazingly big time coaches like Larry Brown and even Coach K have had health concerns throughout the middle of the season, but not many are saying that Larry Brown needs to step down because of hip-replacements.  Joe Paterno has never had a heart attack or an aneurism, so let him do his thing.  I don't feel right bringing up the unfortunate loss of Skip Prosser, but who knew that that was going to happen?  He was in great shape, came back from a run and had heart failure.  Who is to say that this can't happen to any sports coach at any time?  If coaching is what makes Joe Paterno happy, then maybe that's what keeps him going in life...but who are you to say that he's going to die on the sideline?  I think that you're a jerk for saying that...

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2008 10:58 am

For the love of God, Joe

How aboutr 3D for the Blog - Double Douchebags's Dribbles

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2008 10:57 am

For the love of God, Joe

CBS Icon or not -- Nickname for Doyel is DD - Double Douchebag!

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2008 10:48 am

For the love of God, Joe

It's not like he's being rolled out to the field in a wheelchair when the players come out of the tunnel.  JoePa leads the players out to the field every Saturday, unless he's got a broken leg.  Hell, some coaches in major D1 college football can't even run out with their own players, and people are saying the man is too old? 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2008 10:42 am

For the love of God, Joe

I'm just curious why people like to bash JoePa?  Maybe peole in general are just angry b/c they themselves will never live to see 75, let alone coach a major college football team.  I really can't figure it out.  I mean, the dude is still winning....3 years ago he played in a BCS bowl, then the next year he beat the "almighty sec" Tenn. Vols,  and this year beat A&M. 

I know a majority of the idiots on here just like to stir the pot and say disrespectful things...but come on, is your life really that shallow?

JoePa is a living legend, and when he passes us football will lose an icon.  The only left to be talked about on these message boards will be what team or coach used what illegal tactic to recruit an up and coming high school star.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 10:29 am

For the love of God, Joe

Recruiting and on-field performance aside, why does Joe Pa get a pass for running "an upstanding, clean program"?  After 50 years, anyone will hit a slump in on-field performance, but that doesn't excuse off the field turmoil.  Did anyone read that article by Stewart Mandel on about a week ago?  Penn State has had 61 player arrests in the past 5 years.  61!  That is inexcusable and a sign that "the conscious of college football" as people call him has either become corrupt or lost control.  I am not a Penn State fan at all, but for the sake of a legend, I hope it is the latter of the two options.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 9:47 am

For the love of God, Joe

I have the utmost respect for Joe Pa and would love to see him coach forever, but he cann't.  He has earned the right to stay as long as he likes in Happy Valley.  I would like to see Mr. Paterno retire, but stay as close to the team and remain on the side line as an honorary member of the staff.(Free to come and go as he pleases.)  He is good for the university and great for college football.  Ideally, I would like to see him and Bobby Boden hang them up at the same time with matching win totals.  I think Bobby Bowden has not always done it w/ as much class as Joe Pa, however ther is no denying his place in history.  Please get the same win total and step down with dignity and class.  It would be in the best interests for both programs.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 9:35 am

For the love of God, Joe

Im not a PSU guy, or an FSU guy for that matter.

But did anyone stop to think that Bowden and Paterno...coaching is all they know, all theyve ever done. The thought of retirement may be even scarier than the thought of dying "right there on the sideline".

It happens all the time. Look at Bear Bryant if you dont believe me. Men who do one thing their whole lives when they retire, dont know what to do with themselves, so they die.

It sounds prickish to say, and I really am not trying to be but, it happens, and not just to coaches. Bowden has even said as much. I dont have the exact quote in front of me but its something along the lines of...if I retire, all I have left to do is die.

You know, its cool, or funny to make fun of these guys because of their age, and maybe they are hanging on just to try to one-up each other for the most wins in 1-A history. But so what? Theyre 2 legends of the game. Theyre out there at practice every single day. Its not like theyre getting rolled out in a wheelchair and oxygen tank. They can still do the job. Until they cant, who the hell are we to tell THEM how to live their lives?

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