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Al Pacino to reportedly play Joe Paterno in new movie about Jerry Sandusky scandal

Al Pacino to reportedly play Joe Paterno in new movie about Jerry Sandusky scandal

Al Pacino is set to play legendary and controversial Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming film about the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, according to Kate Stanhope of the Hollywood Reporter

The project is in the works at HBO and it has Barry Levinson attached to direct and executive produce the film.

No word yet and who will portray Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky who is in prison after being found guilty of over 40 sexual abuse charges in 2012.

The scandal is a black eye on a program that was long viewed as one of the more respectable in all of college sports prior to Sandusky's atrocities coming to light. Paterno was viewed as the guiding patriarch of that program and it shocked the school's alumni to learn that Paterno turned a blind eye to any of Sandusky's misdeeds.

Pacino, who is an Academy Award winner best known for his breakout role as Michael Corleone in the Godfather, famously played a football coach once before in Oliver Stone's 1999 hit Any Given Sunday when he starred as Tony D'Amato and gave the often repurposed "inch by inch" speech.

The Sandusky scandal was in the news again last week when three high ranking officials at Penn State were sentenced to prison for their involvement in allowing the abuse to continue.

"They ignored the opportunity to put an end to his crimes when they had a chance to do so," Judge John Boccabella said as he lambasted the three defendants and the Hall of Fame coach over a delay that prosecutors say enabled Sandusky to molest four more boys.

Both the judge and prosecutors pointed towards Paterno as someone who could have put a stop to the abuse.

Trade shows 2018 NFL draft is all about the future for Eagles

Trade shows 2018 NFL draft is all about the future for Eagles

As was widely anticipated, the Eagles did not make a selection in Round 1 of the 2018 NFL draft.

What was perhaps unexpected, however, was the Eagles dealing the pick for future considerations — even if it was obviously the correct call.

“For us, we want to win this year, but we want to continue to win,” said Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations. “We want to win in 2018, and we want to win in 2019, 2020.

“There’s not many times when you get the opportunity to move back in a draft and pick up a second-round pick. For us, we thought it was the right value.”

The Eagles traded the No. 32 choice in the draft late Thursday evening, along with No. 125, for picks No. 52, 132 and an additional second-rounder in 2019 (see story). In summary, they moved out of the first round altogether, and back quite a bit, then up in the fourth round ever so slightly.

Most important of all, the Eagles didn’t gain so much as a single pick this year. Which, in retrospect, actually makes a lot of sense (see story).

The prevailing theory was the Eagles wanted or needed to add picks in ’18. That passed for consensus thinking, given the only selection the club was scheduled to make in the first three rounds was 32.

Except the Eagles don’t necessarily need a ton of help in ’18. After all, they did just win the Super Bowl.

“Our balance was the short term over the long term for the trade offers and we decided it’s just too hard to get a second-round pick,” Roseman said.

“When we look at the draft, the difference in value when you’re picking in the second round versus even picking in the third round, it’s just too good. It allows you a lot of flexibility.”

If you stop and think about it, dissect the depth chart, how many roster spots are truly open for the Eagles right now? Maybe 11 or 12? Depending on how you classify a starter, something like 20 or 21 of 22 are returning? And the team is still in possession of five picks in Rounds 4 through 7.

The 2018 draft was never going to be about 2018 at all. It’s about the future, in which case, adding a future pick was the correct call.

“We still have a chance to go back to the Super Bowl,” Roseman said. “We don’t want to be totally short term.

“A second-round pick is still a second-round pick. We just have to wait for it.”

Trading down and simultaneously obtaining an immediate impact player was a sweet goal. At the same time, it wasn’t realistic.

Draft night proved to be boring for the Eagles, which was to be expected to a degree coming off a world championship. However, the big trade didn’t prove to be immediately beneficial.

Disappointing as that might be, it certainly isn’t a problem. The Eagles have their eyes set beyond ’18 and are determined not to force anything in the present.

Drew Pearson announcing Eagles as Super Bowl champs is beautiful

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Drew Pearson announcing Eagles as Super Bowl champs is beautiful

Wanna hear Drew Pearson call your Eagles the Super Bowl 52 champions?

Obviously.

Pearson, who single-handedly offended the entire city of Philadelphia last year with his rant at the podium before announcing the Cowboys’ draft pick last year, just got a taste of his own medicine. To refresh your memory or if you feel like getting angry again, here it is again below.

The Eagles shared a video Thursday night on their social media account of Pearson, yelling to the entire stadium in Dallas, honoring the Super Bowl 52 champs.

It will warm your heart, despite the minor boos.

“Let’s hear it for your Super Bowl 52 champions, the Philadelphia Eagles,” he said.

Say it louder for the people in the back.