Touchdown Trouble

As you may have guessed, Touchdown Trouble is about football.

Sam and his team, the Cowboys, are on the verge of an undefeated season and a great shot at the division championships. The only team standing in their way is the Giants, also undefeated. The two teams face off in an action-packed intense game. In the fourth quarter, the Giants are leading, and the Cowboys have to really work to get a win. In the final seconds of the game, Sam scores to win the game for the Cowboys.

After reviewing the game tape, however, Sam and his teammates discover that a mistake was made. Their final touchdown should not have counted. The officials didn’t catch the mistake. Neither did the coaches, fans, or Giants players. What should Sam and his team do? Should they give the game to the Giants, knowing it ruins the Cowboys’ undefeated season and chance at being champions? Or should they keep things quiet since no one but them realizes what happened? What would you do?

This is a great book for teaching ethical and responsible behavior in both sports and life in general. The boys in this book were able to relate their dilemma to a real-life event, the 1940 football game between Dartmouth and Cornell. Cornell faced the same situation as the Cowboys in this book, and the boys were able to look to that story for guidance. The author provided a detailed account of the Dartmouth-Cornell situation at the end of the book. I think this book is a great read for any athlete, from peewee to pro, about doing the right thing and preserving the integrity of the game.

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