I awoke this morning, ate my bowl of cornflakes, and opened the Telegraph to begin the daily trawl for questions. On page 3 a large photo of the 2 teams from Monday's UC match stared back at me.
This is the problem. When shown a flag for the first picture starter, Thomas Grinyer answered that it belonged to the thirteen colonies of America, to be told that he was wrong. When Balliol also answered incorrectly the answer was given as The East India Company. Now, the flag in questions certainly did belong to the East India Company. However, according to the experts quoted in the Telegraph, it was also exactly the same as the flag used by the thirteen colonies.
Now, we all make mistakes from time to time. However this one makes it really interesting. Here are the issues of the case : -
* Balliol beat Homerton by 5 points
* That starter alone was worth 10 points, not counting a set of bonuses which may or may not have provided up to 15 more.
* As it is, Homerton will surely qualify for a highest runner up spot.
* Runners up have to play an extra match in the repechage round.
So even if you say - well - it doesn't matter, since Homerton are going through any way, well, yes, to some extent it still does matter since they are by no means guaranteed a spot in the second round. They may be beaten in the repechage. On the other hand, can you penalise Balliol for the programme's mistake ? Not really.
So my guess is that the production team will hold their hands up, say - sorry, we got it wrong, these things do happen occasionally, but the result will stand - and keep their fingers crossed that Balliol will make it through the repechage.
Watch this space