In a plot that seems rather Shakespearean in scope, all the players appear to be in danger of ending up on the floor after a swordfight.
As Armstrong finally accepts his fate, we can only hang our heads in shame because of him and the other American sports figures who cheated or have done wrong.
Either because of emotions or socialization, old beliefs die hard.
NCAA President Mark Emmert sang the swan song for PSU to be sure as he announced wide ranging sanctions against the school.
The statue will be put into "storage" for what probably will be not only the foreseeable future but no doubt for eternity, and well it should be.
It's inexcusable that multiple Penn State top officials cared more about Sandusky than his victims. There needs to be severe consequences for their immoral inaction.
We can hope that this case becomes something that will change business as usual in colleges, universities, and other schools.
How Joe Paterno will be seen in sports history is yet to be seen, for in sports the infamous and the legendary often stand side by side.
The problems at Penn State reveal the dangers of cultural myths that produce both mentors and monsters.
Joe Paterno will eventually be remembered not for what he has done but what he failed to do. That is a fitting legacy to be sure.