Legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi memorably noted that "winning isn't everything; it's the only thing."
Well, maybe not. Perhaps he should have added a condition: "Winning is the only thing, if you can do it with some grace."
Dallas' Covenant School girls basketball team beat the daylights out of Dallas Academy on Jan. 13. Covenant won this pitiful contest, 100-0.
The outcome never was in doubt. The score was 59-0 at halftime. Dallas Academy, a school for students with learning disabilities, hasn't won a game in four years.
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Covenant School officials were chagrined by the "win" and asked the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools to record the game as a forfeit.
"It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened. This clearly does not reflect a Christlike and honorable approach to competition," said an official statement posted on the school's Web site.
But wait, Covenant Coach Micah Grimes would have none of that wimpy admission. He wrote an e-mail, two weeks after the game, to The Dallas Morning News saying he would not apologize "for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity."
Grimes was fired. Good riddance.
Dallas Academy, meanwhile, gracefully accepted the apology but withdrew the school from the league.
Who are the winners? Hint: It's not reflected in the final score.
How a school wins a basketball game by a wide margin but ends up losing in the end.