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One of the more ridiculous things to come out of the entire appalling Penn State child-rape scandal is the notion of football as part of the Healing Process.
The Healing Process, which must be capitalized, is a complicated procedure that apparently eases the minds of the program's fans by, we guess, letting them think about football instead of a legendary coach and an administrator enabling serial child rape.
And now the UH Coogs get to take part!
The Coogs had their hearts set, of course, on a BCS bowl, but Kevin Sumlin got outcoached, the team got outplayed and UH lost the CUSA title game Saturday. So instead of a thrilling trip to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, it's an über-meh schlep to Dallas for something called the TicketCity Bowl.
Normally that would be disheartening, but now, at least, it means UH gets to play a part in the Penn State narrative.
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If we had to guess, we'd go with either "moment of silence" or "ribbons on jerseys" in honor of child-rape victims everywhere (without any official mention of Penn State).
Coog players should be prepared to answer media questions on the matter, if only because the only questions bored reporters assigned to the TicketCity Bowl will be interested in asking will concern a) Penn State's child-rape scandal, and b) How does it feel to choke away a BCS bowl.
Our prediction for UH players' well-trained answers? A) Mumbling about feeling sorry for all child-rape victims, but "We're just here to play football"; and B) "Disappointing." (They might try to add something about being happy to at least play in the TicketCity Bowl, but that could be difficult to pull off with a straight face.)
Whatever happens now in a season no one really cares about anymore, Coogs, welcome to your cameo roles in the Penn State scandal.