It’s probably the best thing you’ve ever read. Gay Talese’s landmark piece on Frank Sinatra from 1966 redefined journalism, and captured a specific, and heretofore unknown, essence of perhaps the greatest entertainer of the 20th century.
Maybe it’s not just Penn State. Maybe it’s not just the Catholic Church. While we hope there is no rush to judgement of Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, there is no denying the truth: Sex abuse of children is a far larger issue than any of us care to think about. Maybe it’s time for everyone to look more skeptically at institutions that have relatively unfettered access to young people.
Maybe this is just a sad, sad chapter of history in college sports.
1969: Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State University as a defensive line coach.
1977: Jerry Sandusky founds The Second Mile. It begins as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys and grows into a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families.
January 1983: Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football’s national champion for the 1982 season.
January 1987: Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football’s national champion for the 1986 season.
1994: Boy known as Victim 7 in the report meets Sandusky through The Second Mile program at about the age of 10.
1994-95: Boy known as Victim 6 meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8 years old.
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We’ve received a very intriguing email from Brian in Wisconsin. Brian has devised something all the eggbrains in the NCAA and/or the BCS apparently cannot. Brian has devised a D1 NCAA college football playoff system. Here it is.
Good news, Houston Cougar fans! If Brian’s system was adopted, you’d be near the top of the standings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a young, explosive, thrilling team. They are skilled enough to often overcome a lack of experience in big moments, even in the playoffs.
Until last night.
The Thunder led the Dallas Mavericks by 15 points with just over five minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. The Thunder were just over five minutes away from winning Game Four in their own building, just over five minutes away from evening the Western Conference Finals at two games a piece.
Kobe is eliminated. The Celtics are old, and injured. That said, it’s time to give the Heat their due. Barring total collapse – and that’s still a distinct possibility given the Heat’s softness and Boston’s ferocity – the Miami Heat are taking care of business in the playoffs. With the pressure on, Miami came through in overtime, winning 98-90. On the road, even!