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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Safe travels to all of you heading somewhere for the holidays. After looking at the mess outside my window in Chicago today, I ain't going nowhere.
"Almost hard to remember now, but think back to early November 2004 and the losses to Iowa (by the absurd score of 6-4) and at Northwestern (14-7). They brought fresh meaning to the term pathos. It could not have been clearer that Paterno was playing out a ragged, loose end to his career. He was Ali against Trevor Berbick. Johnny U. in Chargers baby blue. The 1950s peacetime Churchill fumbling through speeches. Well, here we are headed to Pasadena. I'm through counting this guy out."