My SEC team (Tenn) just got robbed of a clear victory. Robbed by the rules. Yep. They stopped LSU at the 1 yard line to win the game. As they ran off the field in exultation the referee signaled a penalty–too many UT players on the field. Granted one more play, LSU scored and won. All fair and all heartbreaking.
Some times good guys finish last. Sometimes you play by the rules and the rules cost you a win–a sale, a job, a contract, a profit. Nevertheless playing by the rules is the essence of ethics.