Philadelphia, PA -- For most football fanatics, this is the time of year for watching the big conference championship games and wondering whether their favorite college team is going play in a major postseason bowl.
When a generation of young men at Princeton, Harvard and Yale invented American football in the decades after the Civil War, they must have envisioned that someday there would be a game like the one Princeton played Saturday against Harvard. This was football as it was meant to be.
You can attend an entire season of eighth-grade basketball games and never see a 14-year-old boy adorned with a tattoo.
It’s that time of year. Time to take stock of 2011, and prepare to ring in a much-welcomed 2012.