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July 14, 2012

Joe Paterno's Penn State statue should come down: Agree or disagree? Vote now (with poll); plus Heat, Marlins, being a billionaire, Octomom & more

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JOE PATERNO'S WATERGATE: HIS PENN STATE STATUE SHOULD COME DOWN: I say that after reading this week's damning Freeh Report that leaves little doubt former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had ample information to do something but did nothing -- for 14 years! -- while Jerry Sandusky rampaged as a pedophile sexually abusing boys. Paterno might well be facing criminal charges today 1aa1joepastatuerelated to his coverup, in fact, had he not died in January. How many more boys became victims because of an ignorance by Paterno that amounted to tacit approval? Even old colleague Bobby Bowden said the statue (pictured) honoring Paterno outside the stadium should not remain. I do not think this poll question is a no-brainer, though. Plenty might say that a lifetime devoted well to Nittany Lions football should not be overshadowed by what Paterno's family would have you believe is one regrettable chapter of that life. To others this might involve some of the same moral wrangling we go through in debating, for example, whether Barry Bonds deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. (Which is NOT to liken the two crimes, but only to note both involve assigning a weight to a man's wrongdoing in the larger context of his life and career). I admired Paterno from afar for a long time. He was "Joe Pa." But his damnable role in the Sandusky scandal made ever more irrefutable by the Freeh Report is too shaming, too much, to dismiss. Watergate rightly became what forever stained Richard Nixon and began any discussion of his legacy, and this is Paterno's Watergate. OK that's my say. Your turn. Vote and say why.

1aa1arisonmIT'S GOOD TO BE A BILLIONAIRE: Heat owner Micky Arison, vacation in Europe, Tweeted this photo captioned, "We are enjoying lunch Poulet de Bresse with France's best chef." From what I could determine here, this is a specially bred, very expensive type of poultry, the kind of royal bird that probably looks down its beak at mere ordinary chickens.

Heat kiddies debut in Summer League: Heat's Summer League team debuts today vs. Toronto in Las Vegas. Never quite understood the fascination (assuming any) for the Summer League. It's five developmental games for B-list players like Norris Cole, Dexter Pittman and recent draftee Justin Hamilton. 

MARLINS BOUNCE BACK: First game back after the break. Eager home crowd. First-place division opponent. Josh Johnson on the bump. and ... pffft! The Marlins somehow come out flat, lose 5-1. The perfect snapshot: The Nats' Bryce Harper steals third while Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes are lost in conversation. But last night they bounced back with strong pitching to even the series. Long way to go, but this inaugural season in the new ballpark still looks like an awfully steep climb to the playoffs.

Poll result: Sorry, Kobe, it's still the Dream Team: Kobe Bryant said his 2012 U.S. Olympic team could beat the 1992 Dream Team. I tend to agree. But Michael Jordan scoffed and so did you in our previous poll. We asked could the '12 team beat the Dreamers (you can still vote) and it was "no" with 60.6 percent. And that's despite the LeBron James factor, with about half of our polls' votes generally coming from Florida.

1aa1octomomTHE ETERNAL SADNESS OF OCTOMOM: Nadya Suleman, 37, mother of 14 and the world's worst advertisement for collagen lips, performed Friday night at The Playhouse, a Hallandale strip club, on the heel of releasing her first adult film Octomom Uncovered. Should her life get even sadder, we'll have updates.   

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