The Philadelphia Inquirer's lead to this article would make more sense if it included the word "actions." The lead, "Sandusky lawyer says youths may dispute abuse allegations," makes it seem as if the alleged eight victims of sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky are saying what the media has portrayed and what has been said is false. In my opinion if the lead included "Sandusky lawyer says youths actions may dispute abuse allegations," it would make more sense as in the story it is alluded that the victims remained in contact and on good terms with Sandusky, never mentioning that they would revoke what they had said under oath to the grand jury. 

Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, plans to use the fact that ".... a boy who purportedly told jurors that Sandusky had made sexual advances on him during trips to San Antonio, Texas, in the late 1990s -- brought his girlfriend and his child to the coach's house a few years ago and asked him to be a part of their lives." Amendola's plot appears to have no merit due to the fact that of the six victims who testified, all but one said they were subject to "graphic forms of sexual abuse ranging from having their genitals kissed or groped to being forced to perform oral sex."

Information keeps appearing and Sandusky has to keep working to reduce the 40 counts of sexual assault he has been charged with. In a recent interview with NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams and Bob Costas, Sandusky claimed innocence. When Costasa asked, "Are you a pedophile," Sandusky responded, "No." This is going to be a rough ride for Penn State and for all the victims involved. For up-to-date information visit the Complete Coverage Scandal at Penn State webpage and my own Weebly
 
 
Just two days after my initial blog post, Joe Paterno, head coach of Penn State's football team, was fired. On Wednesday, after a hot and heavy week regarding child sex-abuse allegations towards his fellow staff, the University decided Paterno's presence was no longer needed. 

Paterno is not charged with conspiracy, but knew about Jerry Sandusky's 15 year span of sexual abuse on children and did not file any reports on the incidents to the police. Paterno announced early Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the current season, but university and the university trustees decided him being on campus was not the best thing for Penn State as a whole.  

The Division I-A coach has the most wins ever for a college coach. He has filled the Beaver Stadium for generations. Fathers, sons and grandsons have witnessed Paterno's talent, but his talent will no longer be showcased at Penn State. No replacement has been found, but the football team stayed positive with interim head coach Tom Bradley who encouraged the men to play hard against Nebraska's Cornhuskers Saturday, loosing by only three points.
 
 
Boxing legend Joe Frazier died Monday at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with liver cancer about a month ago. He spent his last days living in a Center City apartment under hospice care.  

Frazier was the son of a South Carolina sharecropper, won an Olympic gold medal, and beat an undefeated Muhammad Ali before becoming one of the most glorified and respected all-time heavyweight champions.

According to the article, Frazier's signature weapon was a left hook that could be destructive for any opponent. He used it to win his first title in 1968 and land Muhammad Ali on the ground in their first match against each other in 1971. Frazier developed his left hook as a young child who grew up without electricity or plumbing in Beaufort, S.C. His father lost his left arm in a shooting over a mistress, and a young Frazier soon became his father's left arm.

"When I was a boy, I used to pull a big cross saw with my dad," Frazier once said. "He'd use his right hand, so I'd have to use my left." After watching a boxing match on TV with his father, he decided to fill a burlap sack with a brick, corncobs, rags, and moss, and hang it from a tree. 

In his 1966 autobiography, "Smokin' Joe: The Autobiography of a Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin,'" Joe Frazier he wrote, "For the next six, seven years damn near every day I'd hit that heavy bag for an hour at a time."

Time magazine described his style as "A kind of motorized Marciano" in the 1971 cover story. This was before Mr. Frazier's $5 million fight with Muhammad Ali, one of three battles between the two.

Frazier's accomplishments are limitless. At age 15, Frazier began training in a Police Athletic League gym, won three national Golden Gloves titles, then a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He won the world heavyweight title  from 1968 to 1970. He Lost his world title in 1973 to George Foreman and never won it back, ending his career with 32 wins, 27 by knockout, four losses, and one draw.

Frazier was a true sport inside and outside the rink. In 1967 Ali refused to enter the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was banned from boxing and stripped of his title. Frazier lobbied for Ali's return, even loaning him money.

Philadelphia and the boxing world has lost a true sport, but his memory and victories will forever live on.