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— Seth Greenberg: For not offering Stephen Curry a full scholarship to Virginia Tech.

The sweet-shooting Curry even wanted to go to Tech; his father, Dell, after all, had been a big hero there. But, come on, every Division I coach in America underestimated the kid - except for Davidson’s Bob McKillop, who, thanks to Stephen, went to the Elite Eight last season. So maybe we should cut Seth a break. Besides, he looks like he needs a hug.

(Greenberg won’t be pardoned, though, for not giving a scholarship to Stephen’s younger brother Seth. The latter wound up at Liberty University and in his third college game last week scored 26 points in an upset of Virginia. Few rules at the Bureau of Sports Pardons are set in stone, but this one is: You aren’t allowed to make the same mistake twice.)

— Hope Solo: For criticizing U.S. coach Greg Ryan after he benched her in favor of veteran goalkeeper Briana Scurry in the 2007 Women’s World Cup semifinal against Brazil.

Solo was briefly suspended from the squad and, from all the hullaballoo, you would have thought she was the reason the U.S. lost the match 4-0. But Ryan’s ridiculous decision - Scurry hadn’t played a complete game in months - was the main cause. Let’s face it, Hope was right.

She proved it after Ryan was fired when she helped the team take the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. If anybody has earned a pardon, she has.

— Ed Hochuli: For botching that call near the end of the Chargers-Broncos game in Week 2, costing San Diego a victory.

As the replays made plain, Denver’s Jay Cutler did indeed fumble, the Chargers did indeed recover and Hochuli should indeed have refrained from blowing his whistle so soon. But 19 years of fine officiating shouldn’t be undone by a single goof.

And anyway, it’s not like either of these clubs is any threat to win the Super Bowl. The Bolts might feel aggrieved if the Broncos nose them out for a playoff berth, but I doubt there’ll be any mass protests on the Mall.

— Just about every major-college athletic director who changed football coaches the past few years: For not hiring Paul Johnson.

Did you see what Johnson did in his first season at Georgia Tech? He took a team picked to finish near the bottom of the ACC and went 9-3, falling just short of the conference championship game. Alas, college football has become so pass-obsessed that ADs failed to recognize the beauty - and lethality - of his option attack.

In Saturday’s victory over archrival Georgia, Tech’s first in nearly a decade, the Yellow Jackets scored 45 points, rushed for 409 yards … and completed one pass. Imagine how many points they could score if they completed two passes.

That’s it for now, but I might have some more pardons down the road - once word gets out and my mailbox gets flooded with petitions. In fact, one just arrived from Chris Webber. Seems he’s tired of all the flak he’s had to take for calling that timeout in ‘93.