Sports fans continue to debate the controversial call in the Brigham Young University football game against Washington's quarterback Jake Lockers. He was flagged for throwing the football in the air following his touchdown with .02 seconds on the clock. The call sparks passion because it touches upon the age-old argument of "letter of the law" vs. "spirit of the law."

The letter of law demands that the call be made because rules are the rules. The spirit of the law says that the call should not be made because the game was on the line and that Locker had not intended to violate the rule. Add partisanship, school pride and BCS vs. non-BCS teams to the mix, and we have a firestorm of emotions.

David A. Jensen