12/06/2012 04:17 pm ET Updated Feb 05, 2013

Why I Won't Be Cheering For Old Notre Dame | Washington Post

Well, since you asked -- and many of my friends have, some more than once -- no, I will not be cheering for my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, to win big-time college football's championship on Jan. 7. What's really surprising me are those who believe as I do that two players on the team have committed serious criminal acts - sexual assault in one case, and rape in another -- but assumed that I'd support the team anyway, just as they are.

"Aren't you just a little bit excited?" one asked the other day. There are plenty of good guys on the team, too, I'm repeatedly told. And oh, that Manti Te'o is inspiring. I don't doubt it. But as a thought exercise, how many predators would have to be on the team before you'd no longer feel like cheering?

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