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Football and the inspiration to be brave

Football and the inspiration to be brave

The Super Bowl is here, and those of us who have been watching the NFL from day one of the season are looking forward to a good game. We're also facing truckloads of criticism for being fans. We'll be called brutes and bullies and layabouts and plenty of worse things. Can we answer these charges? When I try to explain being a football fan and to think of the fan at his archetypal best, I have to begin with my father. My father didn't look up to much of anything. Politicians didn't impress him much; he never went to church. He kept his own counsel, saw things from his own point of view and said what he thought. It's probable that he never ran into the Latin poet...

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