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Rick Reilly: I participated in Paterno hagiography

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Double Down, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member


    Whether you agree with the sentiment Reilly is expressing here, I admire the fact that he's willing to acknowledge people like him played a role in giving Paterno so much power. I think there is a lot of credibility in a columnist revisiting his own poor judgement instead of pretending you didn't write something completely counter to the eventual truth.

    Also, writing-wise, the last line is pretty powerful. I'm sure some people may feel like the column is more of the same that we've already read from Wetzel, Doyel and Jenkins, but journalistically I thought Reilly's own disgust with himself was worthy of discussion.

    YGBFKM Guest

    Just read it. Great column.
  3. Care Bear

    Care Bear Guest

    Thought this was powerful, too:

    "This throws a can of black paint on anything anybody tells me about Paterno from here on in. "No NCAA violations in all those years." I believe it. He was great at hiding stuff. "He gave $4 million to the library." In exchange for what? "He cared about kids away from the football field." No, he didn't. Not all of them. Not when it really mattered."
  4. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Good to see Reilly can still bring it. That was very good.
  5. Such absolute power, so little doubt.

    He was a great man. An influence. A builder of character and lives. Then he was a destroyer. Now that's all.

    That's what I think will rise up and affect most of the people who dealt with Paterno over the years. It sucks, but by God it's true.
  6. Bruce Leroy

    Bruce Leroy Active Member

    That was fantastic. All of these columns will be more of the same in some way. His connected better than any other I've read so far.
  7. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    This is what I used to love about Reily, he used to connect on a regular basis when he was with SI. Wasn't able to say that in his last couple of years at SI and since he made the jump to ESPN. Well done, wish he brought it more often. I like that he brought himself into it, that he shared his own self loathing instead of just the same loathing of JoPa everyone else will write about. He also kept it short and sweet. He didn't drone on and on. He said what needed to be said and didn't get too cute about it. His best column in years.
  8. Dark_Knight

    Dark_Knight Member

    I know we just had the bashing Rick Reilky thread, but this piece showed why Rick Reilly is Rick Reilly. Great piece.
  9. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Damn, good for him.
  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Jack McCallum has an article where he expressed the same kind of remorse for a fawning article he wrote about Sandusky's decision to leave Penn State when it happened.
    It's nice to see writers do what Paterno could never do, admit a mistake. And oddly, we think better of them for doing so.
    A good lesson.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Hagiography sounds so Canadian. I prefer the term "going full-throated Brown Bunny."
  12. Tommy_Dreamer

    Tommy_Dreamer Well-Known Member

    Damn good column.
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