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Thursday, January 05, 2006
Today's Hot Topics Should Joe Pa go before his mind does? Coach Paterno led Penn State to a great season at age 79. "But it would be best if he were no longer the head football coach," writes Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford. "... If Paterno is as smart and as sharp as he claims, he will realize that the time has come -- before he says something worse, before he grabs a referee and does a Woody Hayes on national television." That's a grim assessment. Sound to you like age-ism? Or just honest realism?
By the way, that Hayes reference goes back to 1978, but it still tops ESPN2's all-time list of "Coaches Gone Wild." Oh look, there's a current Philly basketball coach there (bet you can guess this one) ... a guy who managed the Phillies ... and two ex-Philly football coaches. (As well as chair-hurler Bobby Knight.)
See, it's not old age at all ... it's leaving Philly that make coaches go crazy.