Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/26/12

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Everyone gets the “death bounce;” no matter who they are or what they’ve done. And by death bounce, I mean the mainstream media, and with it John Q. Public, just going ahead and glossing over everything that person did wrong while they are alive.

Well, hopefully a monster like Jerry Sandusky doesn’t get the death bounce.

Considering all that went down with Joe Paterno and Penn State, and just a few weeks ago, I’m shocked that Paterno has been as deified, lionized, and sanctified as he has by the internet, television, radio and print media.

But everyone seems to get a hagiography when they pass on, so I’ll live with this. I don’t like what’s happening with Paterno funeral coverage, but who among us wouldn’t like to have their life glamorized and devoid of controversy when their time comes?

However, what follows below GOES WAY TOO FAR!

How dare these idiots turn mourning Paterno into demonizing the PSU trustees!

From the Patriot News:

More than 50 Penn State Alumni Association Harrisburg Chapter members gathered for a monthly happy hour at the Fox and Hound restaurant in Susquehanna Township on Tuesday night. They toasted JoePa’s life and blasted the university’s board of trustees for firing the coaching legend who gave 61 years to the school.

The handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and Paterno’s firing was the final straw that prompted Lower Paxton Township resident Nick Stanziola to campaign for a trustee position.

Many have chastised Paterno for not alerting police after then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary told him he saw Sandusky raping a young boy in a locker room shower, but Stanziola disagreed, saying Paterno did what he was supposed to by alerting higher-ups at PSU.

“I thought it was absolutely the worst move [the trustees] ever made. I think it would have been better for them to accept his resignation. I don’t think he should have been forced out at all because he did all he could do,” said Stanziola, who graduated in 2002.

Just disgusting.

And way to set an example coming from the state capital. The seat of government for the state of Pennsylvania, and the closest thing to an actual town near the remote outpost that is State College, PA should be a paradigm of enlightenment, not a bastion of regressive thought. The PSU trustees were the only true responsible adults in this whole tragedy and farce. They should be looked to as an example, not derided!

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