The Penn State scandal has made this the worst year ever in collegiate sports. No newspaper deserved a Pulitzer more than the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and its daring lead reporter Sara Ganim, who broke that story. Just after Easter was yet another scandal - Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino got fired for conduct unbecoming.
Yes, reporters do need to write about the scandals.
But sometimes a ball game is about living—its joys and its sorrows.
[Originally published in April, 2012.]