Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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There are backward, arcane rules, and then there's the Georgia High School Association's football regulations.

On Saturday in the Class AA championship game, Charlton County and Dublin ended the fourth quarter in a 13-13 tie.

In Florida and seemingly every other athletic league anywhere in any sport, there would be overtime. And with a championship on the line, what could be more exciting?

Instead, it's over.

The game ends in tie. Like a soccer game between 6-year-olds, everybody leaves a champion.

This isn't a slap at either team. But I bet if you polled the players honestly, they'd like to settle the score on the field, the way they do during the regular season.

The GHSA is the same group that gives you semifinal games at a neutral site (the Georgia Dome), then plays championship games back at the schools, where there aren't enough tickets for both teams. And to decide the home field if the teams are seeded the same - which is a typical occurrence - the site is determined by a coin flip.

Maybe the GSHA should just sanction coin-flipping as a sport. At least that always determines a winner.



The lasting memory of Bode Miller's 2006 Winter Olympics performance is one of fantastic failure.

Don't look now, but Bode (above left) could be beginning his assault on the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

Miller claimed his 23rd World Cup victory - his second in two weeks - in the super-giant slalom this week in Italy.

Miller is best known for his eccentricity. Most recently, he told the Associated Press: "My team is sabotaging me a little bit by not letting me sleep in my motor home."

Miller has shown his excellence in going about his training and preparation his own way. He also has shown it in competition against the world's best - yes, even at the Olympics. Most forget that he won two silver medals at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

These are the marks of athletic genius when considered apart from his accusations and eccentricities. …

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