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Let The Atonement Begin!

Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement. You know how Jews took Christmas and spread it out over eight days? Well this is like the reverse of that with Lent. It is considered to be one of the holiest and most solemn days of the year. Its central theme is atonement and repentance for sins against both God and one's fellow man.

How apropos then that the Syracuse Orange and Louisville Cardinals will be playing on Yom Kippur, as they both have a lot of atoning to do.

The usual approach on a day like this requires the atoner to refrain from eating, drinking, wearing leather shoes (?), bathing, anointing oneself with oil (again, ?) and marital relations. I think we've got the leather shoes and the oil anointing down for the others, well, I'm pretty sure Gatorade Fierce wasn't around at Mount Ararat so go ahead and quench like you would normally quench. And as for marital relations, c'mon guys, you should know this already. Women weaken legs.

Luckily, the game won't affect too many people in the hotbeds of Jewish culture that are Syracuse, New York and Louisville, Kentucky but still, many are conflicted including one student at U of L:

As a protest, I will be wearing a red and black [yarmulka] while watching the game. Also, I may modify my Louisville replica jersey to read "Jewisville". I encourage everyone out there who is planning on going to the game to join me in my Yom Kipper fashion statement, as the Cards try to atone for MANY sins on both sides of the ball.

I have to admit, if they made a Jewisville jersey, I would buy one immediately. Loyalties be damned.

No word yet on whether or not Bar-Mitzvah boy Otto will be in attendance. If so, another Jewish icon will have let us down...

Oh and in case you weren't sure why the game will be playing during the day (and therefore during the solemn holiday) and not at night (when the holiday is over), blame the
Godless heathens in Bristol.