The playground is where most children learn the politics of following rules. More to the point, it is where we learn to change the rules of a game mid-stream if it helps you win. Some people bend the rules, others ignore them under the guise of a higher moral standing, and others simply do not play by them.
Tiger Woods incurred a two shot penalty at the FedExCup tournament when he moved a stick near his ball. A slow motion review on a high definition video showed the ball moved but Woods denied it and refused to return the ball to its original spot. Woods dismissive aplomb to the rules and the official was infuriating enough but he did not stop at mere rule breaking.
Brandel Chamblee is a respected analyst on the Golf Network who called Woods out on his behavior. Chamblee, a former golfer, worked for the Golf network for 10 years before speaking out. As you might guess, Chamblee no longer works for the Gutless Network; I mean Golf Network because Woods was not happy and raised a fuss.
Further, the United States Golf Association (USGA) recently announced a rule change that discusses use of video in determining if a ball has changed position. It now must be noticeable to the human eye and not high definition video. It seems odd for the USGA to move away from video reply while most other sports are embracing the technology. I guess when you are Tiger Woods you can change the rules to keep your psychological bubble from bursting.
Recently, Texans running back Arian Foster admitted he accepted under-the-table payments while playing at Tennessee in violation of NCAA rules. He made this admission as a means of support for Texas A & M Quarterback Johnny Manziel who ran afoul of NCAA rules for accepting money for his autograph. Manziel and Foster both say it is only fair they get a piece of the pie since their respective colleges make or made millions of dollars off them.
I see their point and think college athletes should share in the profits made from the use of their likeness, jersey sales, and the like. I prefer they work to change the rules from within the system instead of thumbing their noses at the rules under the guise of moral outrage.
Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader who, like President Obama, shows a disdain for the Constitution took his ball and went home this week. Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for presidential nominations to allow federal judicial nominees and executive office appointments confirmation votes by a simple majority instead of 60 votes. The power play used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules that stood in place for about 40 years.
At least they changed the playing field from within the context of the games they play. I wonder what their position on the new way of doing business will be when the Republicans are in the majority. The thing about changing the rules to suit your own agenda is it eventually works against you.