From Comcast SportsNetHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State has agreed to provide millions in payments and benefits to Joe Paterno's estate and family members under the late football coach's employment contract, although a family lawyer says the Paternos did not sign away their right to sue.The school turned over four checks Thursday worth more than 3 million for bonuses that covered the season, bowl game and entire career, according to a university spokeswoman.A breakdown provided by Penn State included the use by Paterno's family of a Beaver Stadium suite for 25 years and 900,000 from television and radio revenue from last season. Half the broadcast revenues were paid in February, and the rest will be paid later this year, the school said.Paterno family lawyer Wick Sollers issued a statement Thursday saying there has been no settlement but rather "a straightforward payment of moneys indisputably owed to the Paterno estate. The university had requested that the family agree to a full release in return for the payments under the contract. That request was declined and no release was signed."Without a release, Paterno's estate could still sue under the contract or some other reason, if it wishes.School spokesman Bill Mahon described it as the university and Paterno's estate finalizing the remaining payments that were due to the longtime coach, who was fired in November in the wake of former assistant Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child sexual abuse charges.Paterno died of lung cancer in January at age 85.The university also said it would pay the coach's widow, Sue Paterno, 1,000 a month for life, and provide her with on-campus parking and access to university hydrotherapy equipment.Other elements of the package include a final paycheck of 34,000, a death benefit of 51,000 and 350,000 -- payable over five years -- under a 1986 consulting agreement. The university also agreed to forgive 350,000 in outstanding loans and debt. No explanation was provided regarding Paterno's debts to the school.While the school said in a news release that the total value of the package was "over 5.5 million," added together the various elements are worth about 6.7 million. The stadium suite was valued at 1.5 million.The university's breakdown said his contract was amended in August to include a 3 million career bonus if he retired at the end of the season, the payment that constituted the largest part of the money his estate received Thursday. After Sandusky was arrested, Paterno announced he planned to retire at the season's end, but he then removed as coach by the trustees, who have said a "failure of leadership" on his part contributed to their decision.Mahon said the trustees decided to honor the terms of Paterno's contract as if he had retired at the end of the 2011 season."That contract recognized Coach Paterno's decades-long contributions to our football program and to the entire university," Mahon said.Paterno spent six decades at Penn State and 46 seasons as head coach, winning two national championships and becoming the face of the university.Sandusky is awaiting a June trial on 52 charges for alleged abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period, allegations he has repeatedly denied. Also charged were athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, accused of lying to a grand jury and failing to report suspected child abuse. They also await trial and have denied the allegations.The scandal also led to the departure of university president Graham Spanier, who remains a faculty member.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.
*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?
*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.
*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.
*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.
*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.
*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?
I’ve never met Jemele Hill. I think she and Michael Smith are great and I completely respect her bravery in voicing the unpopular (but correct) opinion that “Bad and Boujee” is good, but not great. This isn’t about Jemele Hill. It’s about a question she asked and an attempt to answer it.
Is Love Actually, the Golden State Warriors of romantic comedies?— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 21, 2017
Hell no it is not. Know why? Because the Warriors are awesome. Know what’s not awesome? Love Actually.
All that these two things share is that they’re both loaded with stars. The Warriors have Steph, Draymond, Klay and Durant. Love Actually has Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, a child who kind of looks like Satan, etc. They’re both loaded.
Yet the Warriors won and there is no debating their greatness. There is absolutely debating Love Actually’s greatness, since it isn’t great.
It’s at this point that I should disclose that Pete Blackburn and I had a collective two-hour meltdown about all the reasons why Love Actually is terrible. There were lots. That’s why it took two hours.
Here are some things about the Warriors:
- They won their second NBA title in three years.
- They went 16-1 in the postseason.
- Steph Curry made 56 more three-pointers than anyone else in the playoffs.
- They led the NBA with 115.9 points per game.
Here are some things about Love Actually:
- The movie starts with a weird 9/11 reference.
- Casual homophobia is rampant.
- A widower gets mocked for his sexual inactivity very recently after his damn wife died.
- The movie likely birthed thousands of eating disorders.
- A guy decides to cross his best friend and make a run at that guy’s wife just so he can break it off immediately. The much coveted lose-lose-lose to ensure a weird life for everyone.
- Somebody whose job it is to be a people person sexually harasses every woman in his office.
- The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has a woman fired because he wants to have sex with her.
- The writer whose wife cheats on him storyline is literally the most boring thing in the history of the world. It makes The Steps of Knowledge in “Legends of the Hidden Temple” look like “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
So no, Jemele Hill, “Love Actually” is not the Golden State Warriors of romantic comedies. Know what is? “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” That movie also has a loaded cast (and a better one, at that) with outstanding execution.
Steph Curry is Cal. Six teams passed on him, but he made them rue the day. Draymond Green is Jacob, as he pulls a lot of stunts but he’s as lovable as lovable gets. Kevin Durant is David Lindhagen: He’s got his detractors, but he’s what makes the team the best.
Love Actually stinks.