Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/21/11

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field following the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Never has the salutation "happy birthday" rung more hollow than it does today for Joe Paterno. What is happy about it? The former Penn State coach marks his 85th birthday Wednesday, but what do you give the man who has lost almost everything that meant anything to him, outside of his family, in just the past eight weeks? Another pair of khakis? If only the Jerry Sandusky scandal and its collateral damage were as easy to extinguish as the four score and five candles on Paterno's birthday cake. If only Paterno had done the right thing in the defining moment of his career, which as it turns out transpired far from any football stadium. Since the release of the grand jury report on Nov. 4, the past several weeks of Joe Paterno's life have played out like a Shakespearean tragedy rendered on a sports tableau. On Oct. 29, Paterno stood on the field inside Beaver Stadium, snow swirling around his black shoes and white socks, as the fans cheered him for breaking Eddie Robinson's major-col...
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