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Leisure with Dignity by Dean Jolley

The Physics of Newtonian Charity

Dr. Jolley turns to French Christian existentialism in investigating the possibility of fans' surety and charity in the Cam Newton saga: "Let’s just face it. No fan is sure. No reporter or blogger is sure. Surety simply is not to be had. And neither, unsurprisingly, is charity toward other fans. Everyone is exasperated. No fan is willing to give rival fans a hearing."

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Today is the Saturday of Salvation

It may be that, as ordinary moral beings, we live our lives forward but understand them backwards. But a football team lives forward only as far as the next Saturday; and, it understands nothing except its own mistakes backwards. Play one game at a time. An old book, a noble one, says somewhere: “Today is the day of salvation.” For this Auburn team, that Today is Saturday, and the scene of salvation is Oxford. Today and today and today. One game at a time.

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