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THAT FIFTH DOWN
It's unfortunate that Missouri lost a great game due to a referee error. It's also unfortunate that Colorado is criticized for circumstances beyond its control. Would Colorado coach Bill McCartney really have told his quarterback to ground the ball on the fourth down when he was behind if the markers had been correct? Obviously not. He probably would have called a play similar to the one that scored on the fifth down.
The fifth-down incident was a sad way to end a great game.
In saying that "the rules of football do not allow for changing the outcome of the game," Big Eight Conference commissioner Carl James is ignoring a more fundamental rule: Rules are made to be broken.
During the 1990 season, the Toronto Blue Jays attracted more fans than any other major league team in history. The flags were worn in honor of the U.S. troops serving in the Persian Gulf, but I would like to remind our American friends that Canada has also sent military forces in support of the American action in the Gulf.
The U.S. and Canada are allies in peace as well as conflict. What would have been the cost of recognizing both countries who play major roles on the playing fields and on the sands of Saudi Arabia?