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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

High School QB’s Game-Winning, Title-Clinching Run Negated for…Lifting His Arm in Celebration

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Some of you may side with the referee on this — there’s just no room for breaking the rules, and kids must learn to abide by them. Others of you will side with the young, high school quarterback — he had a normal reaction and there was nothing unsportsmanlike in what he did.

Here‘s what I’m talking about.

On Saturday, Matthew Owens was playing in the state championship football game for Boston’s Cathedral High School. Near the end of the game, he ran a quarterback draw to the right. As he swept around the tackle, he saw nothing but green. He ran. And ran. And ran. All the way to the endzone. He scored the game-winning, title-clinching touchdown.

Or did he.

There was a flag on the play. Owens was accused of unsportsmanlike conduct. His crime? In the spur of the moment, at about the 20 yard line, he raised his arm for a split second in joy. That was enough for the ref. The touchdown was negated. Flustered, Owens threw an interception on the next play, and his team lost 16-14.


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