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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Joe Pa hurt during Penn State – Wisconsin game

Paterno carted to locker room after sideline collision

Associated Press, November 4, 2006

MADISON, Wis. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno was taken by cart to the locker room after one of his own players ran into his left leg in the second half of the Nittany Lions' 13-3 loss to No. 17 Wisconsin on Saturday.
A Penn State spokesman said Paterno had a knee injury and was flying back to State College, Pa., with a member of the school's medical staff ahead of the rest of the team. He is expected to be X-rayed on Saturday evening and could undergo an MRI on Sunday or Monday.
Freshman tight end Andrew Quarless caught a short pass for a first down along the Penn State sideline, and tumbled into Paterno's leg -- knocking the 79-year-old coach to the ground. Paterno then stood for several minutes before having to be helped to the bench and having his leg bandaged by the Penn State training staff.
"He's a wily old rascal," said Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who filled in for Paterno in the second half. "He's not going anywhere unless he has to. He's pretty tough."
Paterno remained on the bench, surrounded by trainers and police. Paterno remained seated for most of the third quarter, but he was carted to the locker room with less than 2 minutes remaining in the quarter.
"I told him he's not playing the low blocks like he used to," Bradley said.
Paterno also had to leave the sideline in Penn State's game at Ohio State in September after he became ill. He returned briefly at halftime, then left before coming back at the start of the fourth quarter.
"I've never walked off the field early," Paterno said after that game. "I've had some kind of a bug during the week. I'm the kind of guy who doesn't like to take pills or see a doctor. I thought I'd be fine."

Paterno is probably the classiest head coach in all of college football, and he took a wicked hit to his knee and yet refused to leave the filed until he was literally forced to by trainers and assistant coaches. At 79 years old, the injury will most likely keep Joe Pa sidelined for awhile, but it is my sincere hope that he makes it back soon.


Blogger The Local Crank said...

I hope I'm half that damned tough when I'm pushing 80. Hell, I'd settle for being half that tough now!

Sat Nov 04, 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Joe Pa is the man. I saw yesterday that he planned on being on the sidelines this coming weekend, despite suffering a bone fracture and ligament damage. I did get a little sick of footage over and over on ESPN. Yes, ESPN, his leg bent the wrong way, we get it. Joe is hardcore!

Mon Nov 06, 05:38:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Crank, I’m with you. I am not that tough now and I doubt I will be at his age either. They just don’t make them like the use to.

Rogue, I have only actually seen it the one time and that was while I was watching the game. But, from what I understand he will either be in the coaching booth or on the sidelines this weekend.

Tue Nov 07, 01:04:00 AM  

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