The Eagles suffered a disappointing loss in Philly tonight, effectively ending their season on a combination of turnovers and questionable penalties, wasting another brilliant effort by LeSean McCoy. They got nowhere near the Bears QB whom they made look brilliantly athletic, while their athletic QB was under pressure all night long. Their high priced secondary no-showed again.
Even uglier than the Eagles’ season though is the cloud over Penn State’s reputation. As big a pall as this casts on Joe Paterno’s otherwise outstanding career and the reputation of his program, is the integrity of a sport that is supposed to mold men’s character at the collegiate level. If college football is a religion in some areas of the country, the charges against Sandusky portray him as a priest preying on young boys while Paterno played dumb.
And on this night, another jolt with the passing of Smokin’ Joe Frazier, defined in his career by his bouts with Muhammad Ali. A Philly legend as big as Bill Cosby, Joe was the lunch pail guy, the African-American Rocky who methodically came after the smooth and sophisticated Ali and never stopped working. He packed a punch with his gloves, but was no match for cancer.