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Aug.
12th

Women flexed their muscle at London Olympic Games

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

‘We now return you to your regularly scheduled midsummer madness . . .”

Well, that was fun. As of this writing (Friday), the Brits had put on a jolly good Olympics show, and the American athletes had hauled in roughly the expected number of medals. Now we can get back to the real business that takes place every four years at this time: complaining about too many nasty political ads on TV.

Before the London Summer Olympics fade into memory, some afterthoughts.

• It was the year of the woman, with every country in attendance sending at least one woman to the games for the first time. Read more »

July
25th

Emmert takes unprecedented steps for unprecedented sins

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Penn State has avoided the dreaded NCAA “death penalty” – a ban on competition – for its cover-up of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse. But the punishment announced Monday by NCAA President Mark Emmert nevertheless sends a strong message to college sports officials. Let’s just hope they hear it.

The message: That even highly profitable, revered sports programs will be held accountable for transgressions that once might have been considered outside the purview of NCAA action.

The tough penalties against Penn State include a $60 million fine, loss of bowl revenue, reduction in scholarships, a four-year postseason ban and vacated wins from 1998 to 2011. Current athletes may transfer to other schools without consequences.
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July
1st

Grid fans aren’t shedding many tears over BCS demise

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

You’d often hear gripes during the NCAA Division I college football season about the hated BCS system, a ranking-based scheme that perversely and persistently kept the gripers’ alma maters from competing for the crowning glory.

“What this country needs is a playoff system,” was the inevitable closing refrain, with which everyone would heartily concur.

Starting in 2014, thanks to a deal agreed to by a committee of university presidents last week, the new topic of feverish debate likely will be the deficiencies of the four-team contest to decide the national champion.

“What this country needs is an eight-team (or 16-team) playoff!” Read more »