Topic: Joe Paterno

August 29, 2012

Joe Posnanski signed on to write a book that may or may not have been a good idea, but which definitely turned into one of the stranger sports-book boondoggles in recent memory. But, quite aside from whether Paterno is any good or not, the author is not the only one at fault, here.

July 24, 2012

In serving Penn State with major punishments for its child abuse scandal, the NCAA did little to change its standard operating procedure. Yet, as the university moves into the future, it now has a chance to shift its priorities for the better. For that progress to happen, we must treat the situation with the seriousness and perspective it deserves.

July 18, 2012

Since the first emergence of the awful story surrounding Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse at Penn State, we've been pretty quiet on the story. That's not because it isn't outrageous, or because we're not outraged. It's because there is, by definition, not much to say about the unspeakable. And because it's noisy enough as it is without us.

January 27, 2012

Hit Points is a humble tribute to the nonfiction comic strips in the Sunday newspapers of yore. Today: Joe Paterno's split legacy.

January 23, 2012

Can an athlete offer condolences and create a controversy?

November 12, 2011

This is the flipside to sports, and to fandom’s projection of a million wants into one body at one moment in time.  As heroes go up, so must many come down.   Call it the Mike Tyson effect.

November 8, 2011

Big-time college football is home to enough small grossnesses that fans barely notice them anymore. Actually, small may not be the right word for these thousands of legalistic elisions and micro-oversights and case-specific ethical lapses.