Are we playing ball?
Hard to want to take the court when you realize the score keepers have already submitted the final score before the clock begins. And you've lost.
Ok, do you go out there and play hard, hoping your efforts will be noticed and lauded? Or do you throw up hands and shout at the rafters that something very wrong has been done and, if not corrected, will happen in the next game, and the next?
Caesar's "iacta alea est ," (the die is cast), as he and his army crossed the Rubicon in defiance of his senate to begin his long civil war, is a statement quietly echoing across the Potomac.
(submitted comment to nytimes)
Or has someone taken the ball home?