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Paterno Suggests Big Ten Games Were Fixed

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Thank you all for the well wishes. Except for Joel and his crack about my hair. You're on notice, buddy. Mom and baby are doing just fine. I managed to get away for a bit and do a little internet surfing to relax. While doing so I found an interesting article.

You can alway count on Joe Paterno to liven up the room at the Big Ten Media day. This year Joe certainly didn't disappoint in suggesting more than one Big Ten game he was involved in may have been fixed by the officials.

If he were leaving the game, however, he'd go after presiding over 487 games, and only two in which he believed officials intentionally made bad calls.

"One we won and one we lost," Paterno said Wednesday at the Big Ten football media days. "I won't get into it, because I don't think it's fair. You guys can look up who the officials (were)."

But Paterno did elaborate somewhat, saying, "The one we won, the coach who lost the game -- that was way back -- he walked off the field and wouldn't talk to me. I called him and he said, 'You've got a bunch of hired hoods,' and he blamed it on me."

I think the game he felt cheated on was probably 2002 against Iowa. Who will ever forget Paterno chasing the official down the field and grabbing him from behind just before he ran into the tunnel? Could the Big Ten have been salivating at the thought of having Iowa and Ohio State both go undefeated that year? Who knows.

But I've been working my brain trying to figure out which game Paterno thinks we were gifted. Maybe the 2006 Minnesota game that had the phantom fourth down pass interference in overtime? But Paterno says the game was "way back" so I don't think he was talking about the Gophers. Maybe Nebraska in 1982? I'm assuming he's talking about Big Ten league games though. Any ideas which game he's talking about?