Just finished reading this article
on the CBC about how they created a rule (and promptly got rid of the rule) in a kids soccer league, such that any team that got ahead by more than 5 points would be declared the loser. No, I didn't mistype that. The team who was winning would be declared the loser because they were winning by too much. That's not the mercy rule. That's the opposite of the mercy rule. It's the bizarro
mercy rule. I don't know where people come up with this stuff. Being a geek, and not very good at a lot of team sports, I've been on the losing end of sports quite a bit. But I don't think that something like this would have been much fun either. If the other team is ahead by so much, they might resort to playing keep-away, which is probably much worse than being actually beaten by a larger margin. Or they could let the other team score a goal. But how much satisfaction could you get from scoring when the other team lets you score. Time for some reductio ad absurdum
and shoot some own goals
. Great way to win the playoffs.