Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Forfeited


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

I'm not officially doing the A to Z Challenge this year, but I thought it would be fun to match posts to the letter of the day anyway.

What if your opponent had to forfeit the championship game? Would you be disappointed? 

We can call this a "ripped from the headlines" question. This actually happened at a school I sub at before it closed. So, at least they have this championship to keep with them through this lockdown time.

17 comments:

  1. I don't have an athletic bone in my body. Heh... But I imagine forfeitures are rather cold comfort. This reminds me of the movie "Dodgeball", by the way. I may have to watch it again. Be well!

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    1. I have never seen Dodgeball, so I don't get the reference. The boys at my school were disappointed.

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  2. Who cares. I don’t care about that at all except for the kids who were playing and couldn’t play any more. It would be worse if they were finally going to win when they haven’t in decades and the. This happens so I would feel bad for the players.

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    1. To get to that point, they had won two post-season games. On penalty kicks. So they were closely fought.

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  3. I don't care much about sports but a win by forfeit isn't the same, imo.

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  4. Oh no, not good. I like to challenge others, and myself, so not playing a game is not satisfying.

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  5. It would've been a bittersweet victory at best. I'd always wonder...

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  6. On my blog, you asked how I knew the original reader of the book I bought stopped reading at page 49. Well, that page was dog-eared and the book looked absolutely pristine...no coffee or food stains, no other dog-ears. Just a guess, really. BTW, how did you install the "Reply" feature to your comments section, so that you can reply to comments directly?

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    1. Oh. It was a rather specific page number, so I wondered.

      The "reply" thing is in Blogger. It's one of the comments choices, but you can't have the pop up box for comments for it to work.

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  7. Yes and no. I'd be disappointed because I couldn't play the contest to see the outcome but I'd be "glad" that for whatever reason they had to forfeit that "justice" had been served and they were disciplined the way they needed to be disciplined. Make sense?

    betty

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  8. I wouldn't, but honestly, I don't like competition at all, so I can't imagine myself in a championship anyway.

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  9. Liz,

    Not being an athlete, I'm not sure how I'd feel about this but if I were I think I wouldn't like to win by default because some one forfeited. That takes the fun out of the victory. Be safe and well!

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  10. I wonder if I'd feel that the win were somehow 'less than'.

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    1. In the case of the boys who inspired this question, they shouldn't. It was a hard-fought victory to get where they were.

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  11. Would I be disappointed? Definitely. There is no fun in winning on technical points or walk over.

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  12. I wouldn't be. I would just think that's the way the championship had to go! All matches need not be hard-fought battles.

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  13. That's the way the ball bounces.

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