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MIKE DOWNEY

A Cheater Doesn't Fake Anyone Out

January 02, 1989|MIKE DOWNEY

Come rain, sleet, hail, fog, smog, bog, cats and dogs, killer bees or summer breeze, the show must go on. Why should snow, making it difficult to move, be tolerated, while fog, making it difficult to see, be grounds for suspending play? Because spectators can't see? Tough. You pay your money and take your chances. This ain't golf. Because officials can't see? Hey, try seeing the goal posts in a winter cloudburst, or a raging blizzard. Your eyelids are frozen shut. Your contact lenses turn into M&Ms. Your pupils play hooky.

Chuck Knox should have been coaching Philadelphia. He could have faked a halftime locker-room fire, or asked the families of all 45 players to phone the stadium with home emergencies, necessitating that they leave the field. Anything that would have gotten the Eagles through the night.

Well, winners never cheat, and cheaters never win. A royalist once confided to British playwright Samuel Foote that he had been hurled out of a second-floor window after being caught cheating at cards. Foote's advice to him was: "Don't play so high."

Chuck Knox can hardly sink much lower.

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