The film opens with footage of Paterno saying, "It's a tough life, and to be able to get away and go someplace where you . . . eat stupid food, drink more than you should drink, can get excited about going to a game . . . and have a hundred thousand people doing the same thing, which makes you feel like you're not as dumb as you think you are. College football is something special, and hopefully we'll never lose sight of it, or screw it up," which is touching, until you think about it and realize that while Paterno said this, he was aware of precisely the sort of scandal that would "screw it up."