It was a week sports fans will never forget.
Many around here would love to forget it, of course, but the wall-to-wall images we've seen on ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, various Philadelphia news outlets and many other places have left an indelible impression that many of us will never be able to shake.
If TV ratings were made available, my guess is that the Penn State scandal was far and away the most watched event in America this week and maybe all year.
The swift demise of Joe Paterno's tenure as Penn State's football coach took our breath away as we all tried to keep up with the rapid developments coming out of State College.
One of the most recognizable figures in sports history went from being one of the most respected men in this country — certainly he was No.1 all-time in this state — to one of the most vilified.
Even the downfalls of O.J. Simpson and Tiger Woods were spread out over a longer time frame than what happened to Paterno, who as recently as last Friday morning was still an iconic and largely beloved figure throughout college football.
Questions still abound, of course.
Was the coverage fair or heavy-handed?
Did the media blow some things out of proportion or get it just right?
Was the focus too much on Paterno and not enough on victims?
Was the No.1 villain in all of this — and there's at least universal agreement here that it's Jerry Sandusky — shoved aside too much while what Paterno did and didn't do was put in the cross hairs?
Rece Davis of ESPN reminded us at one point that Sandusky is accused of committing the acts, not Paterno.
We've received many emails throughout the week and what is disturbing was that if you dared to offer support for Paterno, you were immediately branded as someone who didn't care enough, or at all, about what happened to Sandusky's alleged victims.
By Thursday morning those who thought Paterno should be allowed to coach one more game or who expressed any kind of compassion for the guy were hard to find, perhaps in fear of being accused of being anti-child or anti-sympathetic to the victims.
Such was the outrage that this horrific revelation produced.
But the truth is many, many people in the Lehigh Valley and Penn State fans nationwide probably felt the same as Matt Millen.
It's ironic that Millen was taken out of the NFL booth and off the ESPN Monday Night set this season and made strictly a college football analyst.
In a week where he could have been in San Diego preparing for The NFL Network's Thursday night opener, Millen was where he needed to be — providing insight and reason to a series of events unimaginable to many.
Millen was right man in the middle of PSU coverage
Wall-to-wall coverage left hard-to-believe, indelible images
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