To think that in 1940, Cornell forfeited a football game after learning it had scored the winning touchdown on fifth down. It didn’t matter to coach Carl Snavely that his team was ranked second in the nation - or that it had an 18-game unbeaten streak. What mattered was that Dartmouth deserved the victory.
Fifty years later, Colorado forfeit a football game after learning it had scored the winning touchdown on fifth down. Coach Bill McCartney later regretted his lack of rectitude, but at end of that season he was only too happy to accept the national championship trophy.
Sports are what they are these days - Bulldog eat Bulldog. If the referee catches you breaking the rules, fine. If he doesn’t, even better. Winning isn’t everything, but it sure pays the bills.
There are times, though, when winning seems such a shallow pursuit, when How You Played the Game seems so much more meaningful. It was good of Mallory Holtman, Andrea Nelson and their co-conspirators to remind of us of that - for what it’s worth.