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‚??Give him a break‚??


February 19. 2013 3:42AM
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In the eulogy at his father‚??s funeral Wednesday, Joe Cosgrove talked about one of his father‚??s newspaper columns. In it, Dick Cosgrove had written about three college football coaches: Joe Paterno, Dan Devine and Gerry Faust. This was long before the recent Penn State controversy.
Dick Cosgrove, who knew coaches Devine and Faust well from their days at Notre Dame, where Joe had performed as the famed Leprechaun mascot during college, wrote that the three coaches were dedicated to their craft and always gave their all. So, he wrote, if one of them might make a decision in a game that irks us, the fans, maybe we should think twice about criticizing him and ‚??give him a break.‚?Ě
It is well known that actor Charlie Sheen, a friend of the Cosgrove family, attended the funeral. During his remarks, Joe Cosgrove said to Charlie, ‚??You were a recipient of one of my father‚??s ‚??give him a break‚?? columns when the press was being hard on you.‚?Ě
Later, outside the church when a Times Leader photographer snapped Charlie Sheen‚??s photo, it seems one of Sheen‚??s traveling companions got angry and yelled ‚??shame on you‚?Ě at the photographer.
Joe Cosgrove told the Dispatch that later that day, Charlie Sheen asked him if he knew the photographer. Joe said he did not, but could find out and then asked why. Sheen said because he wanted to apologize. ‚??That guy was only doing his job,‚?Ě he said.
Seems Sheen took Dick Cosgrove‚??s ‚??give him a break‚?Ě lesson to heart.
The best way to honor Dick‚??s memory would be if we all did.


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