Professional sports has reached its tipping point. The players, already too big, already too fast, already too strong, are now engaged in a game of attrition not against the other team, but against the regular season.
With the penalties now levied, and Penn State now reduced on the field for the next several years and in the public imagination permanently, it's long past time to step beyond sports, to clear the lens.
It went so far that this Penn State four could no longer keep their corrupted priorities. An outside report makes it impossible to deny what now must be done: Penn State cannot be allowed to have a football team.
A rising defense, which challenges the growing orthodoxy that football is a death sport, is nothing more than a clever filibuster. Like cigarettes and steroids, the seriousness of concussions is no longer open for debate.
Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger both survived image-crushing incidents and are thriving again in the NFL. But a new life in football is going to be difficult for Plaxico Burress, who will be released from prison Monday.