In Connecticut, it's ok to win--just not by too much.
In May, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs the state's high school sports activities, came up with a rule that penalizes coaches whose teams stomp all over their opponents. Under the new policy, coaches have to keep their margins of victory under 50 points or they face a week's suspension. "We regard running up the score as an unsportsmanlike activity," says an official there. But not everyone agrees that blowouts are a problem. "This is like one of those things where they want everyone to win, every game to end in a tie ... " says the coach of a football team that scored a 90-0 win last year. Joe Meaney, a lawyer and former captain of the Cornell football team, thinks coaches shouldn't run up the score on purpose. But sometimes, he says, everything goes wrong, and if it happens on a football field, players should just learn from it. "Sometimes you get absolutely walloped in life," says Meaney. "And that's just the way it is."--Peter Applebome [5/28/06]