Here are my two cents about the game, if one bad call (and growing up at a scores table and as a newspaper reporter like I have, i have seen my fair share of bad calls and decisions from refs.) sets the out come of the game. The call must have come with 0:00 on the clock. In this case it did not. There were was still plenty of time on the clock left.In football 1 min and change is an eternity anything can and does happen.
I feel for Douglas to lose like that stings a lot, I feel for the L.G. players I heard their character judged on sports talk radio on my drive to and from Norman today. This is not the case they are fine young men who are hard working and have great character. We have fed them several times for breakfast at the church and i love getting to do this, they have been awesome every time they come to eat. You can tell a lot about people when you feed them.
Replaying the final minute and change is a horrible idea. It sets a bad precedent. Having refs make bad calls happens every game. There is never a perfectly called game, if they enforced all the rules correctly some games would be really dull. So there is the human element and refs will fail. Also if this happens I have a list of games that then need to be replayed because of bad calls.
So people of L.G. I love your passion you have for your team. It mirrors the same passion I am sure the Douglas people have. But people of L.G. I want to encourage you, if you are a follower of Jesus to be peaceful, to be loving, and to be caring. Put your self in Douglas shoes would not want to at least try every avenue to have a fair game? Here is your chance to show the world how great of town you are.
I leave you with this prayer from St. Francis of Assisi to help you be and instrument of peace. And what ever happens L.G. I still love you.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.