Tuesday Morning Quaterback: It Doesn't Pay To Punt

"Gimme a Pi! Gimme an Avogadro's Number! Gimme a Scalar Boson!" Last week TMQ marveled that not only does MIT have a football team, the team has a 6-foot-5, 268-pound tight end. Now reader David Bone of Dickson, Tenn., reports that MIT even has cheerleaders. Attractive, athletic women at MIT? This must be an Admissions Office screw-up.

TMQ Immutable Laws in College: Leading 13-6, the woebegone University of Colorado was within 46 seconds of a monster upset of ninth-ranked Georgia, which faced third-and-5 on the Colorado 20. It's a seven-man blitz, and you know without having to be told who won the game. TMQ also asks, in desperation situations, Where, oh where, might the pass go? Maybe up the field! Leading 15-10, Boston College had North Carolina State down to 21 ticks of the clock, ball on the B.C. 34. Where, oh where, might the pass go? Yet John Dunlap was able to get behind the Eagles' defense in the corner of the end zone for the winning touchdown; he was singled deep with nary a safety in sight. There were 21 seconds left, N.C. State had to get a touchdown, why didn't Boston College have half its defenders standing in the end zone?

Running Up the Score Watch: Many readers, including Seth Mundorff of Pittsburgh, noted that Bridgeport Central High beat Bassick High by 56-0, setting up the first test case of the new Connecticut regulation that sanctions coaches whose teams win by more than 50. Bridgeport coach Dave Cadelina filed an appeal and was not suspended. Cadelina argued that he could have avoided trouble by ordering his players to stand aside and let Bassick run the length of the field to score on the game's final play; and if an absurd act satisfies a rule, then the rule must be absurd. That's pretty solid logic. The 50-point restriction was designed to stop one bad-egg Connecticut coach who routinely tried to humiliate opponents with huge victory margins, but only a small number of coaches are such poor sports. Connecticut should switch to the "running clock" rule used by many states, and recommended by the National Federation of High Schools. It's used in Maryland, my state  whenever a team leads by 35 or more in the second half, the clock does not stop for incompletions, penalties or ball out of bounds. The result is that winning margins of greater than 40 points are rare in states that use this system. The running clock allows the better team to produce proof of its superiority, plus to play its second- and third-string, without ridiculous final tallies that suggest bad sportsmanship. Connecticut, switch to this rule.

New England Gang of 11 to Meet Seattle Bourgeois Reactionaries: The Patriots-Seahawks 2007 preseason game in Beijing, announced over the weekend, will be played in Workers Stadium.

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Next Week: The Archangel Gabriel files for the New Hampshire primary, refuses to tell reporters whether he really has 600 wings.

In addition to writing Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Gregg Easterbrook is the author of "The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse" and other books. He is also a contributing editor for The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly and The Washington Monthly, and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. Sound off to Page 2 here.

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