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Darragh: Zahm forfeits without enough eligible players

Allyson Darragh | Friday, November 11, 2011

Being a freshman in college is a tough experience to endure. Not knowing the lay of the land or anyone who roams it can be frustrating and scary for all who undergo this transition. One of the first questions beginning every school year is, “Which dorm is the most fun?”

Now there are many answers to this question and the answer “Zahm” would most likely never come out of any male’s mouth unless he lives there. Various chants have been created to vocalize animosity toward the Zahmbies, but to the men who occupy the dorm, it is only motivation to keep their dorm one of the most enjoyable on campus. During Irish football games, they set themselves apart by raising their arms in an “X” during the Celtic chant, just another tradition people dislike.

Much like their differences to all other dorms on an everyday basis, Zahm players continued with being the outcasts of interhall. The word “outcast” often has a negative connotation, but in this instance, it couldn’t be more positive. The Zahmbies ended their season 0-4, but always had a lot of fun on a Sunday afternoon. Each week, they came eager and ready to play with more enthusiasm than the previous week, even after a loss.

When it came to the final matchup of their regular season against Fisher, the Zahmbies were forced to forfeit because they did not have enough players. According to RecSports rules, 18 players are needed and only 17 players came ready to battle.

“I don’t want to question the rules, but I can promise we have played with far less than 18 players,” senior center Ryan Costello said. “Even if we did have to forfeit, I don’t see why we couldn’t just play anyway. The officials and field were not going anywhere and it was both teams’ last game, so it was just a real heartbreaker for all the seniors.”