Hail to the Orange, a blogger from Illinois, was at the Big Ten Media Circus and relates his experience with Paterno . . . Please Don’t Ever Retire.
Then I noticed that in front of Paterno, right next to his cup of coffee there was something written on the table cloth So I took a picture with my camera phone.
Can you tell what it is? Thats right its a play diagram.
Apparently Paterno wanted to demonstrate some of the intricacies of the spread offense to the reporters. The story was related as follows by one the photographers who heard the whole thing. (Note: All of this is paraphrase, not direct quote)
Joe wanted to show the reporters that the spread offense was nothing new, in fact according to Joe, “we were running it back in the ’40s!” Joe then proceeded to draw up an example of how he would run the backfield at Brown, drawing it up on the table cloth next to his coffee with a pen.
“Sometimes I would hand it off to him, sometimes to this guy, some times I would take it myself and sometimes I would throw it. But I couldn’t throw for beans.”
“You guys have to talk about something. The fans have got to put something on those, what do you guys call those things, Twittle-do? Twittle-dee? I haven’t got the slightest idea what you’re looking at.”