Wednesday, September 20, 2006

But the Big 12 is a conference of peace!

In the wake of the Oregon victory by way of blown instant replay:

The Pac-10 replay official, Gordon Riese, has received death threats to him and his family. Let’s don’t go into how sick that is, only to say that if the feds can trace the call, that person should do some serious jail time.
Maybe Oklahoma fans should take a hint from pundit Hugh Hewitt.

If It's Not Close They Can't Cheat.

Sports and politics are inherently related. I believe Plato discussed how sports are part of being a proper citizen (but it's been a while.) One of the most important things that kids learn in sports is Don't be a whiner. Sure you can lose. You can lose because of blown calls. You can lose because of cheating. You can lose because the wind conditions blow a homerun ball back to warning track distance.

In the end, it doesn't matter. Losing happens, and your job isn't just to win, but to be far enough ahead of the other side that the externals don't cost you a win. If you lose, it is always your fault.

In sports, and in politics, the buck always stops here. Anything less is just poor sportsmanship.


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