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It's a ritual, observed by pilgrims drawn to the same creaky, Depression-era shrines, decade after...

It's a ritual, observed by pilgrims drawn to the same creaky, Depression-era shrines, decade after decade, to eat and drink and sing and agonize as part of a communal mass just deranged enough to invest its emotional energy into a bunch of kids pummeling one another into oblivion. Their devotion is to a sense of community, continuity and tradition, and a sense of student-athletes who regenerate that tradition every fall the way a body regenerates its cells.

Matt Hinton (née Dr. Saturday, née Sunday Morning Quarterback) says his goodbyes at Yahoo, and in the process, pens one of the more eloquent and hauntingly true statements of modern college football.
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