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For those who question what Joe Paterno's legacy will be, all they have to do is watch footage of his memorial service, and the face of every Penn State player and student who came out to pay his or her respects. Yes, Paterno was human and made mistakes. But we still believe that he was a man with integrity.
Al Cappelloni, Sudbury, Mass.
While I feel Paterno's death (Joe Paterno 1926--2012, Jan. 30) is genuinely sad, I think his legacy was tainted well before the Jerry Sandusky scandal came to light. Paterno was often an apologist whenever his players got into trouble or were charged with crimes that included drunk driving and assault. Paterno's disgrace in the end is another sad reminder that we should regard football as a source of entertainment and nothing more.
Brian Adamcik, San Antonio
It is ludicrous for SI to assert in its Paterno remembrance that Penn State had no significant football history before the arrival of Paterno. My grandfather Hugo F. Bezdek was coach of the Nittany Lions from 1918 through 1929 and led them to the Rose Bowl in 1923, when they lost to USC. In those days the Rose Bowl was the de facto national championship. Joe Paterno was a great coach, but good football was at Penn State long before he was.
Jim Bezdek, Milton, Fla.
Where's the Love?
I was shocked that you aimed disparaging commentary at the city of Winnipeg (Everybody Loves Winnipeg, Jan. 30). Pride in one's hometown is a sentiment that should always be encouraged. I've been to Winnipeg, and I think it's a fine place. Granted, it doesn't have the notoriety of New York City or even Toronto, but it's not exactly Cleveland either.
Ken Shier, Pembroke, Ont.
Losing with Dignity