Sport: One Champion After All

Gratefully, the nation and Oklahoma survive Bowl Day

The national championship is far from the only thing in college football that is mythical. Outrageous excesses and recruiting crimes are so common that honest successes and true champions would be difficult to identify even if the sport were not unwieldy by nature. On the first day of every new year, the country caucuses at a number of 70,000-seat fruit and flower stands in the hope of an ultimate result that is both tidy and moral. As in any morality play, the characters are wildly oversimplified and the ending can still be confusing.

This year Good was portrayed by Penn State,...

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