Marathoners are dropping out, MLB catchers are refusing to suit up in the late innings and whole teams are waking off the field as soon as they realize that they have no chance to win. For most of human competitive history, it has been customary for teams and individual competitors to finish the game, race or regatta even when their chances of winning are nil, null and non-existent.
The recent outcry against Hillary Clinton's continuation in the Democratic race for the Presidential nomination as a close second has brought about this surprising development. Most sport leagues are invoking the Obama rule. When it looks like you don't have a chance in hell, your manager throws a towel shaped like a turban and screams: "Oh! Hell!"
Observers believe that Big Brown jockey, Kent Desormeaux may be the first one to exercise the new option. When the munchkin saw that the Triple Crown was out of his reach, he threw in the turban towel and screeched in his soprano:" Oh! Hell!" In a related development, the PTA has removed the proverb:"Finish what you start" from its list of Helpful Hints and Marvelous Maxims.