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It has become an annual tradition and one of the hottest events of the Midwest fall: Mizzou Homecoming weekend. It is time again for the fall’s biggest event in the heart of Missouri, and here are the steps to take to stay where the action is.

Here is all the info you need to make sure that if you say “maybe next year” this time. So, as always, whether you’re one year removed or 10, it’s time to get back to where you once belonged with the next chapter in the blowout that is Black Alumni Homecoming Weekend.

****FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th****

MU Greek Alumni Happy Hour—Carnahan Quad, between law library & Business School (4:00 – 7:00)

For all of our Greeks that are coming back, meet at the heart of campus for a happy hour sponsored by the Department of Greek Life. Come mingle with the NPHC, IFC and PHA family of the past.

Off The Highway Cool Out Happy Hour—Trops on the Southside (5:00)

3805 South Providence, 65203

It’s one of those fixes you can’t quite get anywhere else than when you touchdown back in CoMO, so why wait to scratch it? Meet up with everybody as they come in at Tropical Liquors off South Providence. Silver Bullet, Rum Runner, Cherry Bomb, all of em? Kick it off with the comeback that keeps kickin.

Sure, there’s one in STL now, but nobody does it better than the originators.

NPHC Homecoming ‘Clash Of The Cliques’ Stroll Off—Jesse Auditorium (doors open at 7:30)

Come check out the show put on by today’s Mizzou NPHC chapters. A $2,400 prize is on the line and 9 organizations will be represented on the stage.

Ticket info: $15 at the door, $12 for students
Tickets on sale through the MSA/GPC Box Office

Alumni Night Party—Tonic Nightclub (10:00 – 1:00)

122 S. 9th Street, 65201

Last year got crazy, we might as well do it again. Come over to the heart of downtown CoMO to keep the Friday night moving as it should. With two full bars and plenty of seating arrangements, step upstairs and get into the night.

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****SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th****

THE ALUMNI TAILGATE V—Kickoff 8:00am, Corner of College & Stadium

Corner of Stadium & College, outside of the Hampton Inn Suites Columbia

1225 Fellows Pl. Columbia, MO 65201

It has become the centerpiece of the Alumni weekend, and we’re getting it started early. Meet at the parking lot on the corner of College & Stadium on the University side (across the street, up the hill and in the lot from where we were last year) for the staple event of the Black Alumni Homecoming experience, the All-Day, All-Out tailgate.

With a late kickoff this year, this is ultimate pre-party. Burgers, brats, pulled turkey and chicken and much more will be on the menu this year. Show up at the right time and never know what may bless your plate. As always, this is a community event, so all offerings are both accepted and encouraged.

Game Time: Missouri Tigers vs. Florida Gators, 6:30 pm

Faurot Field (If you can’t find it, you’re in no shape to be driving)

The Tigers will take to the field to face SEC opponent, the Florida Gators. Tickets are available through the Mizzou box office, Stubhub and other resale sites. The tailgate location is a short walk to the main entrance of Faurot.

The Night Scene Part II: Noir Mizzou 2015, A Suitable Affair

Done are the days of making something of the last night, and a new Alumni-sponsored experience awaits. Dress the part, take the part and discover the experience of Noir Mizzou. Meaning: dress to the 9’s to join a room full of 10’s.

This year’s party will once again be held at a secret venue and will carry the theme of a 1920’s Prohibition-era soiree. Jack Daniels will be hosting the 21+ event, which will be limited to  150 guests whom will be notified of location on the night of the event.

Currently, the event is sold out, but the wait list is open. Follow on Twitter for more information at Noirmizzou.com

****Other Business****

DON’T GIVE UP ON HOTEL ROOMS! Many rooms will be vacated over the next few weeks, and can be acquired by joining Columbia-area hotel wait lists, Hotwire, Priceline, Orbitz, etc.

For more info as it develops, any late changes, additions or to get on-site info, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan. For other info, follow @B_Wash5, @FranchICE06, @IDOKICKS, @GatorBell and @NoirMizzou.

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A decade ago, there was nothing much to Mizzou Homecoming weekend, for “us”. A game, maybe a few more people in town and that’s about it. It lacked buzz or anticipation. And it needed a kick up a few notches.

Well those days are long gone, and the end of October’s best fresh take on an old tradition has come back around. It’s Mizzou Black Homecoming weekend, and as always, not only is something great in store, but it’s still getting better. There have been a lot of great Black Homecoming events the past few years, but this year stands to be the best yet—somehow, yet again.

Homecoming is about getting back to where the memories happened, but making new ones in the process. The Tailgate is bigger, the parties are sharper, the venues are nicer and the experience keeps getting greater.

So, with no further delay, here is all the info you need to make sure that if you say “maybe next year” this time, you were doing so knowing what is going down without you. So don’t be THAT guy or girl….nobody likes them. So, as always, whether you’re one year removed or 10, it’s time to get back to where you once belonged with the next chapter in the blowout that is Black Alumni Homecoming Weekend.

 

****FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24****

Off The Highway Cool Out Happy Hour—Trops On The Southside (5:00)

3805 South Providence, 65203

It’s one of those fixes you can’t quite get anywhere else than when you touchdown back in CoMO, so why wait to scratch it? Meet up with everybody as they come in at Tropical Liquors off South Providence. Silver Bullet, Rum Runner, Cherry Bomb, all of em? Kick it off with the comeback that keeps kickin.

Night Scene, Part 1—NPHC Stepshow, Missouri Theatre (8:00 pm)

203 South 9th Street, 65201

Think Fall Fest, but all grown up. Go back in time while stepping forward in it at the all-new, updated and renovated Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia as the NPHC frats and sororities take to the stage to claim top billing on the yard. Coming complete with special seating opportunities and a full-service bar, this Missouri Theatre has grown up along with us.

Night Scene, Part 2—Alumni Afterhours Party, Tonic Nightclub (10:00-1:00)

122 S. 9th Street, 65201

The last few Friday nights have gotten crazy quicker than expected, so we had to grow with the show. Come over to the heart of downtown Columbia to keep the Friday night moving as it should. With two full bars and plenty of seating arrangements, step upstairs and get into the night.

 

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****SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th****

THE ALUMNI TAILGATE IV—8:00 and rolling, Corner of College & Stadium

Hospital Parking Lot, across from Hampton Inn & Suites

Once again, we called and A LOT of you answered, so we had to step it up again. Come to the parking lot on the corner of College & Stadium on the University side (across the street, up the hill and in the lot from where we were last year) for the staple event of the Black Alumni Homecoming experience, the All-Day, All-Out tailgate.

Starting off with the Coolers & Eggs Breakfast Brunch and rolling straight through game time and beyond. Burgers, brats, hot dogs, anything you bring out, it can all get run through the grill. Show up at the right time and never know what may bless your plate. All offerings are accepted as the more that shows up, the more there is to go around.

Also, if you want to set up your own area to grow out our area as much as possible, land spots are $25 per and if you meet us up there early, we can take over as much space as we need. Plus, there will be surprises in store for the setup as well.

The Game Is The Game: Missouri Tigers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores, Time TBA.

Faurot Field (If you can’t find it, you’re in no shape to be driving)

Your Top 25 Tigers will take to the field to face SEC opponent Vanderbilt at a to be determined time. Tickets are available through the Mizzou box office, Stubhub and other resale sites. The tailgate location is a short walk to the main entrance of Faurot.

The Night Scene Part II: Noir Mizzou, a new Alumni Experience

Location: RSVP to Discover

Done are the days of making something of the last night, and a new Alumni-sponsored experience awaits. Dress the part, take the part and discover the experience of Noir Mizzou. The event is 21+ and is a Black and White style themed event. Meaning: dress to the 9’s to join a room full of 10’s.

A limited number of 300 tickets will be made available for the event, and no walk up entries will be granted. The location of the event will be revealed on the afternoon of the event during the Tailgate. And a certain number of tickets will be made available via raffle at the Tailgate as well.

For tickets, head to the event website.

 

****Other Business****

DON’T GIVE UP ON HOTEL ROOMS! Many rooms will be vacated over the next few weeks, and can be acquired by joining Columbia-area hotel wait lists, Hotwire, Priceline, Orbitz, etc.

For more info as it develops, any late changes, additions or to get on-site info, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan. For other info, follow @DaRealMattOates, @B_Wash5, @FranchICE06, @Twend_Setter, @DChristianII, @IDOKICKS, @GatorBell and @NoirMizzou.

 

“They don’t call in March Madness for nothing…this shit crazy. Who’s next to bite the dust?” – @RichNUPE

Well sir, it’s funny that you ask, because a mass suicide damn near happened in just the first weekend of the Descent into Madness…

So weekend one of the NCAA’s is in the book, and boy if it wasn’t as advertised, I don’t know what is. March Madness jumped the shark like it never has before, and went well past bracket-based craziness and into straight up real-life, riot in the streets pandemonium. When you watch two, #2’s fall, and a 12 vs. 13 seed game in weekend number one, you can rest assured that there are brackets not only in trash cans, but the fiery kind that the guys from Rocky and New Jack City were singing around.

It hasn't quite gotten this bad yet...well, I can only speak for myself.

This is what you sign up for when you turn that bracket in: heartache, some excitement and even a few understandable upsets. But what happened this weekend was enough to cover the next three tournaments combined. And the results from the Descentors Twitter streams prove it….

So after the dust from the fallen monuments of both fan and bracket based hopes and dreams settled, and the first weekend’s leaderboard remained, how did it shake out? Here’s how it’s both standing now and forecasting out….

“Them fools had on Russell Athletics. Shit straight from Zayre.” – @IDOKICKS

“I need some Jameson” – @IDOKICKS

“I don’t know what to do with myself now” – @mikeb43

“I’m finally able to watch basketball again since Friday…*fights back tears*” – @simply_shani (it was Sunday)

It even got this bad…

“Leaving Twitter for a while. Sorry yall.” – @Blak2TheFuture

Hell, and he’s in sixth place still. The struggle is real out here.

As for those still chasing the grail and the free CHEAP SEATS, there’s a tie at #1 between myself and Ms. Rashida Thomas of Louisiana right now, with the meat of the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 to come. Both of us have 11 of our Sweet Sixteens still standing. We’ve both picked 35 of 48 games correct so far, and also have 162 points left to gain. However, there’s a lurker in the wings, with a still intact Final Four.

The proud owner of the “I Used a Bidet Bitches” bracket, Mike Brandon of Chicago, while in sixth place currently, is projecting to end up on top in the end, due to having Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State and North Carolina all alive and well still, in addition to having a crucial early exit from a nearly unanimous Final Four selection out of the Western Bracket.

He capitalized where others were deeply wounded…the game which we shall not speak of within the confines of this state. On my watch at least. See you next weekend, but before we go…if you ever needed proof that the Descent Into Madness can be had a rollercoaster straight into hell pace? Here goes…

“If Mizzou loses, I will be forced to give up sports. I’ll have all the evidence I need that I am cursed.” …

Followed the next morning by….

“Guys I’m ok. Spent the whole night drinking whiskey in my draws and singing “Rolling In The Deep”, but I’m ok.” – @DaRealMattOates

Damn, damn, damn. It gets real, but even at the darkest moments of the Descent Into Madness, there is a bright side that can be found if you look hard enough…

“I really don’t care about the NCAA tournament anymore……but is kU losing? Because that I always care about.” – @CHEL_seeyaa

Yes, yes indeed. There’s always that. However, before we go: The non-sports related Tweet of the Weekend:

“I just got caught dancing while eating a chicken wing….I am now reevaluating my life and the things I stand for.” – @CHEL_seeyaa

 

You are not alone there. Bring on weekend 2…at your own risk. In between catch me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan. I’m coping, and trying to keep my grasp on reality…and first place.

You're not alone Brother. Not by near sight.

 

“1/1 so far with my bracket lol.” Good start.” – @Aundrea_Elise

“Brackets day 1. #Epic Fail” – @DClay83

 

And with that, Day one of the Madness is underway. It was everything you really expect for a first day of the Tourney to be, and nearly everything you’d never expect. It took #1 Syracuse  38 minutes to put away the #16 seeded UNC-Asheville (and even then took a bit of “striped intervention” from the zebras) and avoid making the absolute worst kind of history ever. A few bracket busters went head to head, and on the other end it last year’s small juggernaut VCA made their business as usual (“VCU is putting hands on Wichita State – @Skarface Nupe”) . And there will definitely be a new champion this year, as 2011 Champs UConn got quick work made of them by Iowa State.

There was a lot at work, and in the DESCENT INTO MADNESS, the top of the board shows just how anything is possible….and the Twitter wires show that the seeds of the mania are already sprouting in our bracketeers heads with only half of round 2 done. Here’s just a few of the slides into the fever of the Madness from Day One.

“I inserted my bracket. Can you see me?” @MoDivine

“Shaka looks like a light-skinned Tupac.”@LakishaJackson

“Take the white dude off the court if he isn’t gonna hit shots.” @IDOKICKS

“Baylor gotta get the hell up outta here with these county jail roadside cleanup fits man…” – Me

 

Me and My Pop’s (Rampage) Tourney Convo of the Day (via IM at work)

Me: “Man, Montana? What the hell was that?”

Him: “I thought they had something in them to pull it off.”

Me: “They pulled something out on you it looks like. Now clean ya self up.”

 

Here’s the “Unintentional Sequence Tweet Off” of the day….

“UConn isn’t anywhere near out of that game. Second half is what counts.”@CheapSeatFan (Me)

Followed shortly by a far more appropriate comment….

“Can I get a 20 ball for my Cyclones over UCONN right now!!! #ISU” – Followed by….

“ISU had no business being a damn 8 seed!!!” – both courtesy of @Diggame

I think D. Frie won that point pretty clearly. Moving right along….

 

“I got the University of the United States winning the whole thing.”@SkarfaceNupe

I don’t know if that team made it onto my bracket, but B. Holmes pulled a lot magic out his various hats over the years, so making a squad magically appear in the tourney wouldn’t surprise me at all. Watch out for him later in the brackets for real, for real.

In a sign of the times tweet, “So Yahoo has locked me out of my account until tomorrow, so I can’t check my bracket….I got the paper version so I’ll survive.”@Kells713

I think she’ll like what she finds. But before we move on, this deserves special acknowledgment as well…

“Graphic design never fails. I picked my entire bracket based purely on logos and colors and I’ve only missed one game so far. #marchmadness”@FindingChizz

And actually, that’s true as hell. So with that, let’s take a quick glance at the leader board. As expected, there’s a 9-way at the top after Day One, with eight of those brackets all having the same maximum point potential still, so there’s so scrapping and separating to pull out this weekend still. At a certain point yesterday, the top 3 spots were all held down by the ladies that entered the tourney, which was a huge thrill to me. Now I won’t disrespect them by calling that the #16 over the #1 that UNC-Asheville couldn’t pull off yesterday, but oh man, I’d love to see the faces of the fellas if they get beat out in a few weeks in the same fashion.

And in that spirit, I bring you the DESCENT INTO MADNESS, Part Deux, tweet of the day. I poignant take on the happenings of Thursday…

“I will cherish this number 1 ranking in @CheapSeatFan’s bracket group because I don’t know if I’ll ever see it again lol.”@CHEL_seeyaa.

YOLO, young Ms. Drake, YOLO. That’s all I can really say there. You made it to the mountain top dammit.

But finally, the Tweet of the Day That Has Nothing To Do With Sports: “It is categorically impossible to take a candid picture of yourself. #petpeeve” – @FindingChizz

 

Enjoy Friday, and with Mizzou playing today I already know tomorrow morning’s edition will be major with the commentary game. For that and more from all of these “DESCENTORS”, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.

There’s no better weekend of sports than the first weekend of March Madness. And because the Lord is kind, he has brought this weekend back to us all again. Here in the CHEAP.SEATS, the NCAA Tournament is also something bigger: it’s my annual open house. It’s when I invite everybody that frequents the area here, partake in bar convo with me or just follow my misadventures on Twitter to come on over and feel the burn here.

And with that I present to you the second annual bracket challenge here at CSP – DESCENT TO MADNESS, PART DEUX.

The title explains it all and there’s no more aptly named event than March MADNESS, because before too long it removes rational thought from most folks that take part in. The mania starts early, with the pick making process. Whether you’re making your choices by strategically breaking down every inch or every team that you’ve either watched for months….or didn’t know existed until today. Or if you’re looking for every little upset or just running with the powerhouse. Or if you’re picking squads by strongest mascot, best logo or baddest cheerleaders, it doesn’t matter. The craziness is taking you in.

By Sunday, some part of your well thought out or barely attention paid method will be ruined, and the slowly the madness will seep in, and then it can only get worse from there. And all along the way, I’ll be watching and documenting it here’s. That’s the point of DESCENT INTO MADNESS, for each participant’s fall into the pit of bracket-induced despair to be chronicled each day in a daily recap here.

But there are a couple of twists here: you’re the one that writes this. Via your Tweets, Facebook posts or even having random convo with me, I’m taking notes and reposting each high, low and WTF moment you choose to share with the world each day, the next morning. I’ll be watching down over your output like a Gargoyle in Gotham  City, so be careful….you might make yourself play the fool, or the genius.

The next twist: I’M GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF AGAIN. To this year’s winner, I’m giving away TWO free “Cheap Seats” to the game of your choice. It’s the best place to watch a game, so I want to share my world with you, on my tab*. Everyone (except for me) is eligible for this, but there’s a twist: In order to win the prize you have to log into CSP and check, then comment on at least one post of DESCENT TO MADNESS after each round. It’s an open house, so come through and check yourself out. You do that, then hit the comment box, and follow through with a win? I gotta give you something for that, and it’s all up to you.

Time is getting short if you haven’t signed up yet, but don’t fear, registration is still open and here’s the link: http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/34766/invitation?key=c4017429fa8d3068

It’s the best sports Tournament in the world, so get into it here and watch yourself lose your mind over it…or whatever you had left in the first place. Cheers.

 

To watch the mania sweep over me as well, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.

 

*Terms & Conditions: Ticket winner is eligible for up to two tickets totaling $60 dollars combined. Will not be honored as an individual ticket price, a) because that’s selfish as hell, b) that’s not a cheap seat anymore and this sit isn’t called “MediumToExpensiveSeatsPlease.Com”, & c) because I said so. Please give at the least a two week window before requesting prize and there is a 6 month window to make claim of prize.

To call yesterday a big day for the Missouri Tigers would be a pretty good shot at redefining exactly what an understatement is all about. It seemed like the eyes of the entire Mizzou community from students, to alumni were all up a bit early and focused just south of Columbia to Springfield.

Wait, I think I failed to mention a few people that were also paying attention the same thing this morning….like THE WHOLE COUNTRY. Yeah, Mizzou was tied to the biggest sports story of the day, which was 6’6, 230 pound, number one high school football player in the country Dorial Green-Beckham making his long-awaited choice on what college he would be suiting up for. This is a guy who could easily be mistaken for a Power Rangers Zord or a Transformer that’s taken up football as a second career; he’s a beast and a legit big deal.

Green-Beckham pulling Mizzou into his spotlight was a status boost the program could get no other way.

But early in the day, the only people that could feel what the Mizzou community was feeling were the Arkansas Razorback faithful. A feeling of nervous hope, that many used forced indifference and/or resignation to grudgingly accepting defeat as a chaser for the stress with waiting on DGB’s decision. However, for the Mizzou faithful, those feelings were only short lived, because dreams came true and the biggest recruit in the state’s history decided to stay with the flagship program of his state.

Yes, the number one player in the country decided the Missouri Tigers were the place for him.

This is a huge deal; massive even. For all intensive purposes, Mizzou is still an up and coming program. While it is past the point of success on the field being a shock, there are still parts of the program that are placed at the will of more established programs. It is not a destination location annually for the top prospects on the various rankings boards that make up the year-long speculation and build up to day’s like yesterday. Every once in a while the school will land a guy in the upper tiers of these lists, but rarely has the program, despite being one of the most successful of the last 10 years, walked away from National Signing Day with one of the gems of the day. They just don’t have that type of name brand recognition.

Well, it’s time to use the past tense only, because Mizzou took yet another huge stride forward up the college football relevance scale yesterday. Signing DGB is more than just an obvious boost in talent. It’s a sign that Gary Pinkel’s program is legit and isn’t content just being a supporting actor, it’s about business. And the business of Mizzou football has never had higher stakes or more eyes on what it does. Moving to the SEC puts them on game’s grandest stage, which hasn’t come without a heavy amount of skepticism. There have been more than a few rumbles that not only are they not ready to compete on the field, but they aren’t up to the competitive culture of the conference either. Landing the crown jewel of all prospects turned many of those loud disapprovals into silent head nods of respect today.

Now it would be naïve to think this one signing lifts Mizzou to the level of Alabama or LSU, but making an impact of this sort is what separates teams from the pack of the rest of the teams looking to get to that same level. Seeing a player of Green-Beckham’s status sit in prime seating on ESPN and raise a black and gold Mizzou hat from underneath the table and pull the program into the national spotlight, that’s invaluable. Now there will be a constant eye on him, and therefore the Tigers. For recruiting efforts going forward, there’s both the drawing card of joining an elite talent, as well as the confidence from the recruiter knowing what they can do. And this is all before you get to obvious impact of having such a unique and dynamic talent to put on the field.

Mizzou changed it's entire culture in the face of landing DGB, a style it would do well to adapt full-time with the SEC looming.

Basically, the entire face of every level of the program changed, both today and for a lot of tomorrows. The power of perception is real, and when it becomes reality, that’s what really sets a program apart from the pack. Even a pack of animals as endlessly hungry as the SEC. The new tenants decided not to come in quietly and set up their space; they kicked the door in and brought the tequila with them with this one.

Never has the old “Mizzou on the Move” tagline ever seemed more appropriate.

 

 

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Joe Paterno's place in time, in several regards, was already set long before today.

 

Joe Paterno died today, and instantly created one of the most awkward scenarios possible. His memory will carry the weight of a lot more than he could handle himself. He just barely beat my two month estimate of how long he’d hold out after this all broke, so it’s no surprise. The kaleidoscope of this whole thing has been in place for a while. See, there hasn’t been a man that was subject to more extremes in recent history. He was both close to the best and the worst all at once; and now finding a way to meet in the middle as the curtain calls on a number of sagas all at once is a road that can split in a variety of ways.

For me, wrong is forever wrong and once you’re in it, it doesn’t change. The circumstances can become clearer, and degrees can be softened, but the judgment of the scenario doesn’t shift just because time passes. However, some rights also aren’t impacted by a wrong in one area. Paterno has given new clarity to this definition with what happened in his life, not his exit from it. However, this will definitely lead to some that will see it as justice and some will see it as a resolution point. It’s neither of those things, no matter how it is turned over and looked through.

Celebrating a death isn’t right, and it doesn’t change anything that’s happened here, but it has already begun. This is one of those scenarios where those types of excesses will be common. But in a time where extremes are the norm, looking past those is where the truth lays.

Much of it comes down not to what side of the road you stand on Paterno today, but where you were at regarding him last November. It takes an extreme circumstance to erase image of the winning coach in college football’s history as anything but an immortal, but that’s what happened. Letting him off of whatever hook you placed him on in the face of the Penn State sex scandal now is too easy, and not the right thing to do. It’s easy to absolve individuals of their faults when they die; to provide a sense of respect for everything they were beforehand. That’s no good. However, the complication in the Paterno case was always compounded by the view of his interaction, and the undeniable reverence that 409 victories gain a man. It’s a high cliff to fall off of.

The responsible and reasonable way to go about it is to take it as a chance to place him in his proper lane. And that’s a merger of where you were already. If you felt he was as wrong as Jerry Sandusky was in the first place for his role in the tragedies that happened under his watch, I’m sure you won’t let his death be a reason to let him be pardon. If you saw him as a bystander caught in the whirlwind of an all-encompassing issue that he was pulled into, as opposed to a proponent of, your view of him won’t change either.

Then there’s the pure sports view on him, which was nowhere near short on opposing views long before the end of last year brought what it did. Can you purely respect him as a long-standing pillar at annually competitive program that reached the summit a few times, or a monarch that held on to his power for too long, past when it was healthy for his team…or himself?

However, the truth of the issue is that while the last few months of his life brought a sharp and new crowd to the opinion of him, the realistic place he falls into now is a purgatory that very few occupy. In the sports world, it’s a rarified air that OJ Simpson and Pete Rose have made infamous. Where the greatness of what they achieved is sharply pulled by an issue that will forever be debated about how deeply or wrongly their crimes should implicate and stand against their achievements as well.

In death Joe Paterno is a lot of things that he already was, and no further event or amount of time will change what he had become already. There’s no reason to rejoice in his demise, but there’s also little reason to have much decided remorse either; a very sudden and strange end to a scenario that had a surplus of everything, and will continue to.

 

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