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I’d like to thank Jerry Sandusky for totally befouling this harmless Ara Parseghian Punt, Pass & Kick ad

September 21, 2012

Jerry Sandusky’s crimes were so awful, now even the most innocuous of college football related images, like the one above, have the patina of off-puttingness about them. You’re just minding your own business, reading copy about a Ford-sponsored football skills competition, and then OH GOD A FOOTBALL COACH IS TOUCHING A KID QUICK SOMEBODY CALL THE COPS. Which is unfair to former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian and all the human race. But here we stand, mired in the post-Sandusky sports world. Now an old Punt, Pass & Kick ad stirs up not nostalgia, but, like an O.J. Simpson promo for footwear, a fight or flight response.

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