I might do a poll on this later, but at our Super Bowl party yesterday/last night, near the end I told everyone that it would be logical for Baltimore to have its 10 blockers all grab a defender and take him down-- overt holding... because, with 11 seconds left, 4th down at their own 5, they intended to have the punter just kill as many seconds as he could before ceding those 2 points for a safety. If the penalty was called, the time would not be put back on the clock, and all the time may be run out-- in which case SF could have forced another play, but it would inherantly have been a quick kneeldown at the 2 1/2, so no problem (and declining the penalty would end the game). As it was, there were 4 seconds left to free kick, so if unpenalized holds did not run all the time out, the situation would be the same as it was. And while there was some holding, the way cameras follow the ball I couldn't tell if they did that particular thing. One guy who disagreed at first, finally said, "You know, that's a good idea." Although I'm not a basketball fan, this compares with some tactics used in a close baseketball game in the final moments-- i.e., the team trying to catch up deliberately foulding an opponent because there's a greater possibility of winning by putting them at the free-throw line, rather than letting the team ahead keep the ball and run the time out. Is it "Christian" to deliberately violate the rules, even if it's logical to do so? Should 'the rules' of anything we participate be considered among the "higher powers" that should be obeyed, unless they inherantly require us to violate a direct rule of God (a different topic)? Or, is sports so trivial as to consider it outside any reasonable scope of such "higher powers" referred to in Romans 13? For that matter, since playing some sports does require what would normally be clearly wrong [i.e., grabbing a person and throwing him to the ground-- "tackling" in football] do the rules matter at all in any exclusive moral context? This can lead, of course, to such a question as "Should Christians play, or have any involvement, with any sports or games?"