Posted by B L Z Bubba on June 07, 19 at 13:04:28:
Though he did turn the Arcadia football program around in one year it seems he may have done so by breaking the rules. I'm not judging him as guilty; the school already has. The school has already self-reported the incidents.
IMO, there are too many folks who buy into the Lombardi assertion that "winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." (This infamous quote, often attributed to Vince Lombardi, actually originated with college football coach Red Saunders, though Lombardi did say it as well.) Though Lombardi was my favorite coach growing up (I still hold him in high regard.) I've always hated that asinine quote. Of course it's not the only thing. There are certainly things that are more important than winning. Rules are what make the whole system work. Cheating destroys the very integrity of the sport we all love so much. Cheating is almost always the wrong way to win - unless it's war we're talking about. It's certainly not what we want to be teaching our children in school. Kudos to Arcadia's administration for swiftly doing the right thing and shame on Penn State for not doing so several years back.
It's telling that so many people in our culture today seem to be so willing to let anything slide just so long as their favorite team is winning. I think this dynamic has also poisoned our political system over the past 25 years or so.
I do understand that the object of the game is to win but without strict observance of the rules which bring order to the game entropy will result. Then we get Mad Max and only a fool wants that.
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