Thursday, August 27, 2009

Joe Knows Social Networking

You can tell the season's on its way... crisp air, intense practices...and articles trying to make Joe Paterno's ludicrously advancing age and obstinate nature charming.

Coach Joe Paterno seems to relish his image as one of his profession's last curmudgeonly throwbacks.


You call him a "curmudgeonly throwback," I call him a "disconnected old man." Affectionately, of course.

No, he tells the media every year, he doesn't even have a cell phone or send and receive e-mail. His most recent rant was directed at Twitter, which he dismisses as "tweedle doo or tweedle dee, tweet and twit."

No cell phone, no email... not even a headset. Far too newfangled.

"Really, he looks at technology the same way I do," Jay Paterno said. "He's just not going to use it himself. He can play dumb like a fox. He says, 'I don't know what Twitter is, I don't know what social-networking is,' but he's very aware of what it does, how it connects and how it can be used to promote our program. He's pushed us all in that direction."

I can just imagine JoePa giving a lecture on the viability of social networking. And then saying, "But I'm going to pretend I don't know what it is. Also, I have to poop."

Joe Paterno, technology savant.

5 comments:

Nittany White Out said...

Wow. Another jab at Paterno's age, how riveting. By your account, if Paterno is as senile as you make him out to be, how does it feel to have your team's ass handed to them by someone who you describe as more qualified for a retirement home?

Must be telling when your last coach was far more interested in fishing and seeking retirement than wanting to devote his life to an ailing program.

By the way, how's that NCAA tournament appearance doing for you guys? Was it a second round, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, or Round of 65 exit again? I'm sure everyone will always remember the glory 2008 Purdue tournament attendance season.

And I'm just doing this in jest. I love the pessimism that oozes from your blog and it drives me back daily. Keep up the good work guys.

J Money said...

We're doing it in jest, too, sonny. And we're simply pointing out how asinine the "Oh, Joe's not actually OLD" routine is... it's only seemingly believed in PA.

Also, why are you talking about the 2008 NCAA tournament? Did you mean this year? 2009? Yes, it was only a Sweet 16 appearance.... though I'm not sure how that related to Joe Paterno pooping himself.

After all, Penn State won the National Championship.*

*The invitational one

Purdue Matt said...

The same Jay Paterno that was blogging for Obama on Obama's website during Penn State practice hours.

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