The sacred narrative of Joe Paterno
It isn't easy now, and it'll be harder later to separate the truth from the legend
Students of the classics like Joe Paterno know mythology is cautionary. Greek or Roman, folk tale or epic poem, those old stories can be a warning.
As I write this, the story of the late Mr. Paterno and how he fits into modern American mythology is being argued over everywhere. His past won't really be decided until far into the future. In fact, those arguments will likely never end.
This week, though, in the hyperbole of obituary, you'll read the word "legendary" again ...
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JOE PATERNO: 1926-2012
Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno, NCAA Division I's all-time winningest coach, has died at the age of 85. He ended his historic career mired in scandal, leaving the question of his legacy unanswered. Maisel and Schlabach »