Comment of the Day: The Paterno Family Investigation

We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

One thing nothing seems to be able to stop is a family in denial. When tragedy strikes, it is nearly impossible to let go of an illusion that has permeated the entirety of a family unit, particularly when that tragedy involves the nearly impossible-to-believe allegations that the most revered member of your tribe -- and one of the most respected men in college football history -- was guilty of shielding a child rapist from prosecution. So, it is natural to assume that when this truth is revealed, family members could react as the Paterno family has. Still, it's weird, uncomfortable and more than a little sad. And as one commenter put it, sometimes you just gotta let it go.

Guest wrote:

The Paterno family needs to go away. Sit back and quietly count the millions which Joe arranged for knowing he wouldn't be coaching again after this came to light. They're making themselves look worse by trying to defend him. Nobody can answer for Joe except Joe and obviously that's not gonna happen. Just leave it at that.

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