(By Chris Hassel)
The story in State College just keeps getting worse. First we find out that Joe Paterno is on his death bed. Then CBS reports that he had died. Then we find out the report was false. In my opinion, there's nothing a media outlet can do that is worse than falsely reporting the death of a human being. As for Paterno, (as of 8:44pm CT) his family says he is in serious condition and continuing to fight. The prognosis isn't good, and that's just too bad. Paterno made some major mistakes in the Sandusky scandal, but it's too bad he made them so close to the end of his life. Most people get a chance to make up for their mistakes. It looks like Paterno won't get that chance. (Editor's note: Joe Paterno later died Sunday morning, confirmed by the Paterno family. He was 85.)
I'm one of the people that believe the good that he did far outweighed the bad. That's not saying that he couldn't have saved several kids from a lifetime of problems, but he had a positive impact on more lives than I think anyone can imagine. No one deserves to go out like this.
CBS' premature reporting on Joe Paterno's death reminded me of this classic SNL skit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkhwiuRbOEE
Iowa State is looking like the team Cyclone fans were hoping to see, earlier in the season. There are games you want to win, and games you need to win. Today's game was both.The Cyclones needed to blast a bad Tech team on the road, and they did. It was exactly the showing they needed. They're 14-5 overall, and 4-2 in the Big 12. I must say, they've exceeded my expectations to this point, and baring some kind of injury or implosion, this team will make the NCAA tourney.
Now things are getting really interesting. If ISU can win at Texas, Tuesday, they'll be in 2nd or 3rd-place in the conference when 1st-place Kansas comes to town in a week. I'd love to see Hilton if everything falls into place. The Cyclones proved they can play with KU on the road. There's no reason they can't beat the Jayhawks in Ames.
What was Pittsburgh thinking when constructing its basketball arena? Courtside suites opposite the TV camera? No one wants to watch a game and see a handful of old fogies sitting on cocktails behind the bench. Flip the camera around to the other side and let us see the crazy students. Give me a break.