Joe Namath and the Old-Fashioned View of Punishment

Once upon a time, Joe Namath represented all that is American and masculine.  He was the brash, swashbuckling quarterback of the New York Jets who so arrogantly predicted a Super Bowl III upset of the Baltimore Colts -- and then went out and backed it up.  He dated starlets, he closed down bars, and he did a commercial with Farah Fawcett.  His nickname mirrored his lifestyle -- "Broadway Joe." Recently, I saw Namath appear as a guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe.  His appearance made for a refreshing break from the usual sanctimonious chatter -- he was on to discuss his efforts in assisting the cleanup from the recent tornados that destroyed much of the University of Alabama campus. Toward the end of the discussion, host Joe Scarborough asked him a question pertaining to his playing days at the University of Alabama.  It is well-known that Namath was suspended toward the end of his junior year by legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant because of a violation of team...(Read Full Article)