Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch praises local sports-talk shtickmeister Kevin Slaten for getting Sara Lampe, a Missouri legislator who is running for lieutenant governor, to “admit” she hadn’t read the full Freeh Report before criticizing Missouri University football coach Gary Pinkel for praising Joe Paterno. See http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/cards-need-to-keep-it-up-at-the-plate/article_6d8e3e25-bb51-5e71-855c-94b27a96c571.html. This is what intellectual affirmative action looks like in Football America.
Among other high-minded observations, Pinkel had said, “I’m sure maybe if [Paterno] could do it over again he would [have] followed up a few things.”
Earlier in the column, Miklasz covers what the world really needs to hear more about: how Mizzou fared in its first preseason hype news conference since joining the Southeast Conference. Miklasz’s conclusion is that the new kids on the block performed with admirable pluck. “The Tigers’ delegation brought a brash, edgy personality to SEC media days and caused a stir…. I liked it…. Why not project confidence? The SEC is the best, and toughest, league in college football. Mizzou must adapt accordingly.”