The big lie of our elite institutions is that they somehow transcend human nature. That they rise above greed or appetite or weakness, temptation or violence or cowardice. That they curb the worst in us.
"Family values!" cry the Republicans. And the Democrats. And the newspapers. And the churches. And Steve Harvey. "Family values" are not the problem in stories such as Bobby Petrino's. The problem is men.
The NFL intake mechanism for its raw materials, the draft, requires very young men to make what seem like very important decisions. Its feeder league, big college football, suffers or benefits accordingly.
It might be hard this week to remember that justice means more than punishment. Justice is the world's return to equilibrium. Justice is fairness. Balance. And part of the point of sports is to see justice done.