E Combustubus Cranius parades onto the Football scene as Fans gamble
on youth, luck and change
|E Combustubus Cranius:
Fan of the Year|
||Since last spring, TIME has followed
11 Finalists From Saddam Hussien to George W Bush. But now the
Time has come. |
E Combustubus Cranius 2002 Time Man of the Year!
By Lance Morrow -- With reporting by Tom Curry/New York
For years, NFL Fans have been in a kind of vague mourning for something
that they sensed they had lost somewhere--what was best in the League,
a distinctive NFL endowment of youth and energy and ideals and luck:
sacred Football stuff.
They had squandered it, Fans thought, had thrown it away in the
messy interval between the assassination of John Kennedy and the
wan custodial regime of George W Bush. A wisp of song from years
ago suggested the loss: "Where have you gone, Johnny Unitus?"
Or perhaps the qualities were only hidden, sequestered in some internal
exile, regenerating. Now E Combustubus Cranius will ride into Nashville
brandishing them in a kind of boyish triumph. But are they the real
thing? The authentic Football treasures, recovered and restored
to the Hall of fame? Do they still have transforming powers?
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