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Monday, October 3, 2011

Inconsistencies in All Aspects of Life

This weekend, I attended the Navy / Air Force football game.  Air Force dominated the game until the final minute when Navy tied the game with 19 seconds remaining.  The game went into overtime and Navy had the first possession in OT.  They scored a touchdown, but immediately following the play, the Navy quarterback was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for "getting in the face of the Air Force player" as actually stated by the referee.  According to the Navy player, the  Air Force defender was blocking his way back to the sideline and he told him to" move" in explicit terms.  Unfortunately, a chip shot extra point became a 35 yard attempt against the wind and Navy missed the extra point and went onto lose the game in OT. 

There was another incident later in the afternoon when the momentum of a Clemson defender takes him into the end zone of the home crowd after he successfully defends a sure touchdown pass against a Virginia Tech receiver and he high fives a student in the crowd.  He was penalized for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and Virginia Tech went on to score a touchdown after the ball is put on the 1 yard line. The inconsistency comes in when later that evening while watching the Alabama / Florida game, there are hits after the plays were over, hits out of bounds and, at one point, three Alabama defenders standing over a Florida receiver who missed a pass taunting him; in each case, no penalty.  A hard lesson for these players but useful in that such inconsistencies continue in life.  

Take health care; we have to deal with CMS, intermediaries and regulators who take inconsistent interpretations to a new level day after day.  Organizations like CMS, the NCAA and the NFL need to really examine their rules and regulations and do a better job of training those left to interpret them.

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