If you can’t beat them …..

Everybody loves a winner.
“How was the crown, won?”
Most folks won’t stop to ask;
The path taken to the throne,
By hook or by crook? Never mind.
To the conqueror belongs history.
Or so it seems to be. 
Hook, bait, line and sinker,
Now that you’ve failed to beat them,
Tell me why you won’t join them?