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.

Fan spent 15 hours making incredible Super Bowl art

Sara Herrmann

Fan spent 15 hours making incredible Super Bowl art

Is there anyone in Philadelphia that wouldn’t want to re-live that fateful day on February 4th, 2018? 

You’ve probably re-watched Super Bowl 52 a few hundred times, give or take, but how about reading it on your living room wall?

One dedicated artist, Sara Herrmann, decided to spend 15 hours recreating the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory against the Patriots by hand. Herrmann wrote up this awesome art print using the NFL announcer’s transcripts from the entire Super Bowl. 

Below are some photos of her progress throughout the daunting task.

Now you can read NFL announcers Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels’ words, even when they were over-praising Tom Brady, in beautiful cursive with arguably the most memorable play, the Philly Special in green. 

We know this took an absurd amount of pens and maybe the looming threat of tendonitis, but the artist’s commitment to the cause is admirable. 

If you want to pick up a copy of Herrmann's awesome 24x18 print for yourself, you can find it on her Etsy shop

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There shouldn't be debate on whether Carson Wentz plays Week 1

There shouldn't be debate on whether Carson Wentz plays Week 1

When it comes to whether Carson Wentz should suit up for Week 1, there is no debate. Either doctors give the quarterback the green light to play, or they won’t.

Nothing else matters.

Enough with this nonsense the Eagles should give Wentz extra time to heal even if he is cleared to play. At that point, doctors are literally saying he’s 100 percent. He isn’t going to get any more healed than that.

No Yeah, but’s. No deep dives into the historical data of ACL injuries. No crying Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles “deserves” to start Week 1. No discussion, period.

This is a decision that will be left up to medical professionals. If they say Wentz is good, that really ought to be enough.

If Wentz’s doctors tell Doug Pederson his franchise quarterback can go physically, but playing so soon after the injury increases the risk of re-injury, then the Eagles have something to think about. If they say the ligaments are as strong as they will ever be, and the health of a 25-year-old’s left knee is in the hands of luck or mystical forces, then there is absolutely zero reason to wait for some arbitrary date.

Naturally, Wentz’s recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in December has been of tremendous intrigue, which has led to tireless coverage. In 2018, tireless coverage results in even more opining, predicting and debate.

The only type of opinion there’s room for is a medical opinion, preferably that of somebody who is directly involved in Wentz’s treatment.

The Eagles have tried pouring cold water on this cycle all along, repeatedly telling reporters over the course of many months there’s a plan for Wentz’s rehab, and doctors will ultimately inform the team when he’s ready.

Yet, we’re a little more than two weeks from the Eagles’ regular season opener against the Falcons, and it seems everybody wants to give their two cents on what should happen.

If Wentz is ready, great. If he isn’t, that’s not a problem, either. The Eagles still have Foles. Obviously, there’s no reason to rush Wentz back.

Except there is no indication the Eagles would do that. If Wentz plays Week 1, it will be because the team’s medical staff is confident he is no more at risk of serious injury than any other human being who steps on the field that Thursday night.

What more do you want?

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