I am a football fan. The game is exquisitely designed to keep a viewer interested until close to the end, sometimes right up to the final seconds. I watch several games per week.

When I was growing up, there was no video review. Sometimes a game did not end “as it should have” because a ref made a bad call, leaving fans of one team, or maybe both teams, with bad tastes in their mouths.

But now there is extensive video review with multiple high-def cameras and slow-motion replays whenever there is any doubt about a call. So virtually always the “right” decision is made.

In elections, poll workers and judges are the refs. There is no instant replay. If someone thinks something is wrong, the issue can be reviewed by the courts. When Donald Trump complained that the 2020 election was stolen from him, he filed 64 lawsuits.

A panel of eight Republican judges recently reviewed the lawsuits and wrote that, “Trump and his supporters had their day in court and failed to produce substantive [meaningful] evidence to make their case.” Trump lost, pure and simple.

Many of us love football. Most of us claim to love democracy. But democracy depends on rules, including election rules.

The “Big Steal” has been thoroughly reviewed. No evidence has been found to support it.

When will people stop ruining the game by insisting that Trump was fouled? If they keep it up, there will be no more game.

Ben Lounsbury, Auburn

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