Sunday, March 09, 2008

Good News for People Who Love Ties

If I had my way, a tie would be an acceptable outcome for any sporting contest that isn't part of a tournament dependent on one team or player advancing. No overtime. No shoot-outs. No extra innings. If, at the end of regulation, neither team or player has performed demonstrably better than his/her/its opponent, neither team or player deserves to have won or lost.

This weekend, the Michigan High School Athletic Association did me one better. They declared a tie in the state championship hockey game:

After eight overtimes in the Division 1 state championship hockey game Saturday, players from both Marquette and Orchard Lake St. Mary's huddled together, posed for pictures and lifted the state championship trophy.

The score was 1-1 after 109 minutes of play, and the Michigan High School Athletic Association declared co-champions.


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