Up until now, sports has slavishly trained us to believe in the authority of things like box scores, statistics and 250-page reports that involve 430 interviews and 3.5 million emails that was orchestrated by a former judge and director of the F.B.I. Oh, and one that Penn State commissioned and paid for even though it ended up painted as an evil football empire. But why should we? Why shouldn’t we wait for the Paterno family to come up with something more palatable? Then we can all go back about our business and stop feeling so crummy about everything. We believe the Paterno family report will also deliver a bowl of ice cream to everyone’s door, to make it even more soothing.
Right about now, the Oklahoma City Thunder are launching their own investigation of the N.B.A. finals (This was supposed to be Kevin Durant’s time!) and the New England Patriots have new film that shows the Giants’ Mario Manningham did not catch that ball inbounds at the Super Bowl. In fact, the Soviet Union has determined the 1980 hockey team did not lose to the band of American misfits, wants its gold medals and oh, by the way, believes it still exists too. Think this way and there is just no stopping you.
Or, you can be like and go the sighing route, watching the Paternos stubbornly try to stem the tide of history. And that tide is not ebbing. There is the over whether the N.C.A.A. should make the program go dark, which believes would be a welcome moment in the organization’s disgraceful history. It says something that the N.C.A.A.’s president, Mark Emmert, left that option open . Penn State has also signaled some changes afoot, although the university may start with smaller things like and locker room. And a student organization announced the tent city known as “Paternoville” .
All this is happening as that three new alleged victims have come forward claiming Sandusky abused them in the 70s.
This history-rewriting business is going to be very attractive elsewhere across sports, even if it doesn’t work at Penn State. The Knicks might just be the first in line if they let Jeremy Lin go to the Rockets, because they are going to try to convince their fans — whom they have given no reason for trust in their years of mismanagement, — that it was unwise to overpay Lin, even as , it’s what they do with almost every single one of their other players. argues it’s not fiscally insane to sign Lin, even if you don’t count the goodwill generated by Linsanity.
There was no controversy in the United States’ men’s basketball exhibition against Brazil Monday night, unless you count . The game might have been the team’s first real test against a team with superior height, as , but it also reaffirmed that when all else fails, the Americans still have LeBron James on their team, , and that is no small thing.
Baseball’s Monday action included a , and even though Youkilis’s White Sox lost, he clearly landed in the better Sox drawer, .
If you want to stay in a heartwarming mood, read to her father’s greatest rival, Pat Summitt. It’s lovingly written by a 26-year-old of Summitt.
In a much less heartwarming mode, on a South Jersey high school basketball coach who some suspect was fired for not playing enough white players.
Yes, that urge to rewrite reality could become very popular.
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