|Lenin addressing crowd at Red Square. In the top|
photo Trotsky has been masterfully edited out. (This
was before PhotoShop.) You can see him in the bottom photo
standing on right side of podium.
The bottom line is, Paterno won those, and it doesn't matter what the NCAA has to say about it. Trying to undo history is the very nature of Doublethink, defined by George Orwell in 1984 as telling "deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality." Rewriting history is precisely what we want to do when we are morally offended - and we should be morally offended, to any extent Paterno covered up and abetted Sandusky in his abuse, we should all be offended, but the fact remains: those 111 victories are Paterno's, and however unpleasant it is to recognize that, the fact remains what the fact remains.
Not that this will stop NCAA from rewriting history, or sports historians from reiterating what NCAA passes on. History isn't fact, but just one version of what we believe the facts to be. We have the ability, when moral outrage or any other catalyst makes us want to badly enough, to make history veer as far from the facts as our fearful hearts desire.