I agree with playing till the end and never say die BUT ... They had four quarters to win the game. Same as the other team.
Jam, I have to say, I respect your analysis around here, but it seems as if you're contradicting yourself with this statement. The four quarters that they have to win the game aren't over in this scenario.
Likewise like your posts too and i wasnt calling anyone out over it
The point i was making is both teams had the opportunity to win the game WITHOUT resorting to breaking the unwritten rules.
My point was that one team took an opportunity that the other didnt and no other teams do (because its both dangerous & unsportmanslike). Both teams had regular chances in a regular game during regulation tiem to win it outright.
One team took a cheap shot, the other didnt. Play to the whistle, be competitive - but play as men not as thugs.
No contradiction, i promise - but hopefully the lengthier answer explains my point and ive got an example that might be closer to home for you if youve the time (for anyone else it involves soccer, so fair warning and feel free to skip the next bit!)
Youre in Ireland? You watch some EPL, right? Remember Kanu vs Sheff Utd? A throw in that was supposed to go back to the opposition (who had cleared it so that a player could be treated) and went on to set up a goal for Overmars instead?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whO5GAFBp30
Remember when Di Canio stopped play despite having an open goal - and instead of leathering in the volley from the cross, he just caught the ball as he knew the GK was down and out to draw the FK and allow him to be treated.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdf5ZLbtYo
Two examples of players in situations where both teams want to win. One played inside the "conventions of the game" and one outside it. You know what Di Canio's like, would you ever question his desire to win? Arsenal went on to offer Utd a rematch - and rightly so, but can you imagine if their GK or the last defender had got IR'd on that play?
Thats what TBB did. Played against the convention and potentially risked injuring a player - all for a low percentage play.(EDITED: to dig up the two youtube clips - going back a couple of years!)