Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
The disputed presidential election returns from South Carolina, Florida, and
Louisiana, are here represented by a sports analogy to American football, which
evolved out of English rugby. In 1876 Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia
established the Intercollegiate Football Association, with Yale also
participating. Until rule changes in 1881, the ball was not passed, but kicked
or carried (it took four carried touchdowns to equal one kicked goal).