Originally written on Busted Coverage  |  Last updated 11/19/14

The guy on the left is a conservative talk show host named John Ziegler. The guy on the right looking like a slob is Steelers legend Franco Harris. Both men think Joe Paterno was unjustly treated by the NCAA. Ziegler, once fired from a sportscasting job for on O.J. Simpson joke, is from Pennsylvania and ended up in the Harris box at today’s Ohio U. game.

For some reason both men were photographed with this Paterno cutout.

Harris has been unapologetic about his beliefs that Paterno was railroaded and the NCAA attacked a program with sanctions while JoePa rests in a grave. It just seemed natural today would be a good day to bring the protest cutout.

Harris, the Penn State legend, told Pittsbugh media in July:

“After I read the Freeh Report, I feel even more strongly about Joe and about his non-involvement in any type of cover-up. There was no cover up,” he told Oxenreiter. “No way would Joe ever cover-up anything like this. No way would Joe protect Sandusky or protect the football program.”

How Ziegler got into the box and who owns the Paterno cutout is still in dispute.

We do know Harris spent the day with Sue Paterno watching the Bill O’Brien era start with a loss to a MAC institution.

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30 Comments:
  • Yes!
  • it doesn't matter what harris thinks.
  • ...and it certainly doesn't matter what YOU think either!!!
  • Wow, maybe someone dug a tunnel or maybe he was dropped by helicopter, or arrived "in cognito". This is REALLY important stuff! WHO owns the JoePa cutout??? This also of major importance. The idiot writer likely wants the info so that he can send threats to it's owner.
  • For a guy who's lively hood depends in part, from the public, Harris is REALLY sticking his neck out here.
  • You go Franco!
    Love you for sticking out your neck and not curling up in fear as others have done.
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Tell it like it is Franco. When you believe with your heart do not let anyone derail your actions. Many of us know that Paterno was offered up as a sacrifice even though no evidence exists that he is involved beyond McCleary telling Joe Pa what he saw and Joe Pa reporting it to the Administration. When any of the Liberal Media and ignorant people who accuse without proof or fact can produce factual evidence of Joe Pa's involvment then I will not believe any of the garbage they spew out. Stand strong for those who cannot Franco. Bravo!
  • Who is McCleary??
  • McQueary is the name
  • That photo is creepy as hell. As long as you have knuckle-heads like Harris this whole sorrid thing will never go away.
  • Who's the knuckle-head here? The word is SORDID you dope!
  • Due process? The man was made aware he employed a child rapist that was using his facilities to commit unspeakable crimes against children. We can argue all day about how much he knew, whom he told, etc, etc. But the fact remains he knew, and despite having more than requisite power to put an immediate end to what was happening, he did not.

    Using the term "due process" to defend a "man" who did not stop such horrific acts perpetrated upon children is absurd. Franco's blind hero worship is sickening.
  • Were you there? Did you read the Freeh report? My guess is you didn't. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!"
  • Due Process is perfectly fit for what has happened.

    To say otherwise is simply ignorant or biased.

    "cofe18" needs to simply read the grand jury testimony and also the Freeh Report. At that time, please report back to us with what factual data you have that actually supports your claims of JVP's involvement.

    Best Regards
    B

  • The fact remains that Paterno informed the appropriate chain of command and also watched the police involvement. What more he could of done is nothing more than simple conjecture and judgement by mere humans.

    BG
  • FRANCO AMERICAN!
  • Simply amazing how many of you psu worshippers are still in denial about Paterno's involvement. You can spin the hell out of this issue, but one fact remains clear: PATERNO SCREWED UP!!!
  • Incorrect FOXFANATIC!

    Please cite your source for your inflamatory statement.

    The Freeh Report shows no fact based proof. The only fact is that "YOU" are spinning the point you are trying to make.

    Your "opinion" is short on factual basis and shows a clear lack of thorough understanding.

    Please stop until you have educated yourself fully on the issues at play.
  • sue paterno and franco need to move on like penn state is trying to do . the alumni saw this and dropped the lawsuits . penn state is lucky they did not get charged with child porn charges i am sure sanduskys computer at the school are filled with it. i am sure the investigation is continuing and after hearing the paternos keep going i hope they throw the book at this place. paterno knew everything --the man was not stupid -
  • Are you a police detective? You sure are "sure" about a lot of things in this case. Don't you think one of the first things they would have checked out are any of Sandusky's computers? Wouldn't that have been part of the big story if he was sick enough to have it? How about you worry about your own life and stop spouting off about all that your "sure" of!
  • Incorrect.

    Your point point being that the man that designed the gun is also responsible for the murder therafter by a crazed gunman.

    Let me send you a dollar so that you may go buy a clue.

    BG
  • Thank you, Speader!

    The ignorance of some people just simply abounds throughout these blogs.

    Go to sleep firman101.

    BG
  • The real story in this picture is who that is in the background on the far right. It looks like current and past CEO of The Second Mile, Bob Poole.
  • Okay ... let's have Franco Harris be forced to have anal and/or oral sex with an ugly old man a few times before he sings the praises of the selfish, power-hungry "JoPa". Paterno only cared about himself, and his family needs to just go away and let the sins of Joe Paterno fade away, instead of trying to cash in on his totally false image. He was a very flawed person. ... that's all. What a bunch of selfish, perverted sickos his family is. Just go live off the money you got from your Dad which he got by allowing Sandusky to ruin the lives of innocent, trusting boys. I feel guilty for being a sports fan sometimes because of people like Paterno, Sandusky, and Harris. hey Franco ... why not have a cardboard cutout of a naked Sandusky so he can do "horseplay" on you?
  • Okay ... let's have Franco Harris be forced to have anal and/or oral sex with an ugly old man a few times before he sings the praises of the selfish, power-hungry "JoPa". Paterno only cared about himself, and his family needs to just go away and let the sins of Joe Paterno fade away, instead of trying to cash in on his totally false image. He was a very flawed person. ... that's all. What a bunch of selfish, perverted sickos his family is. Just go live off the money you got from your Dad which he got by allowing Sandusky to ruin the lives of innocent, trusting boys. I feel guilty for being a sports fan sometimes because of people like Paterno, Sandusky, and Harris. hey Franco ... why not have a cardboard cutout of a naked Sandusky so he can do "horseplay" on you?
  • Enabling equates supporting. JoPa loved winning and winning only and as such, he was absolutely fine with kids getting raped under his roof so long as those wins kept coming.

    "Hey Jerry, remember to turn off the shower room lights when you're done with that boy!" ~ JoPa

    I only wish he lived long enough to see his statue ripped down and his legacy destroyed!
  • Franco must have enjoyed the Ohio University loss even more. The downward spiral of Penn State's football program is just beginning.
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