"Winning isn’t everything; it's nan only thing." That celebrated quote is credited to UCLA Bruins shot coach "Red" Sanders. But if winning is everything, really do players and fans header pinch losing?
Super Bowl XLVIII pits 2 awesome teams against 1 another. The Kansas City Chiefs nether Patrick Mahomes, seemingly nan second coming of Tom Brady, look disconnected against nan San Francisco 49ers led by nan shockingly bully Brock Purdy, who was virtually nan past subordinate drafted successful 2022 and earned nan sanction "Mr. Irrelevant."
Only 1 will win. And congratulations to nan squad that does. Come Super Bowl night, fans of nan winning squad will beryllium celebrating not conscionable crossed America, but worldwide, acknowledgment to nan NFL’s increasing world instrumentality base. The stadium will beryllium filled pinch confetti and players will beryllium mislaid successful nan top emotion successful sports – winning.
You tin conscionable hear, "We Are The Champions" playing successful nan background. Americans, we emotion a winner.
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The different squad will beryllium defined by nan loss. Forever known by that loss. No matter really galore games you win, if you suffer nan large game, that’s what fans remember. As wide head Billy Beane said it successful nan movie "Moneyball," "If you suffer nan past crippled of nan season, cipher gives a s---."
Only, astir each squad that makes nan playoffs loses nan past crippled of nan season. In each of nan NFL’s 32 teams, 31 are losers. Most didn’t moreover get to nan playoffs. Some make a wont of it. The Super Bowl era has featured 57 large games, yet a twelve teams person ne'er won nan trophy. And it weighs heavy connected their franchises and nan fans.
The Cleveland Browns person travel to define this annualized failure. The Browns are a storied franchise that has its roots successful nan early days of football, erstwhile it dominated. But nan hapless Browns person ne'er reached a Super Bowl and nary matter what they do, nan squad seems to self-destruct.
The Browns person had 38 starting quarterbacks since they returned to nan NFL aft a brief, three-year hiatus. That number is truthful astronomical that a photograph of a instrumentality went viral successful January because nan man wore a jersey pinch a near-complete database connected nan back. The photograph moreover ran successful USA Today.
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For a fewer of those 12 teams, losing still showed growth. The Detroit Lions made it to nan title and won their first playoff crippled since 1992. That’s thing to beryllium excited about, nan imaginable of nan squad yet turning around.
The aforesaid holds existent for nan Houston Texans nether rookie backmost sensation C.J. Stroud. If he continues to play astatine a akin level, nan Texans are looking astatine years of playoff level competition.
The remainder of nan teams, not truthful much. And moreover 1 of nan Super Bowl teams is going location empty-handed. For fans, losing is simply a harsh reminder astir immoderate of nan realities of life. No 1 wins each nan time. Not moreover nan biggest stars and astir celebrated teams. If they tin suffer and move forward, past nan remainder of america can, too.
So really are fans expected to deal? Here are conscionable a fewer guidelines to thief you suffer gracefully:
The mostly of Americans see football to beryllium America’s sport. I get that. I do arsenic well. But it’s not nan only sport. True sports fans find solace successful rooting for aggregate sports and different teams. This isn’t romance. You aren’t cheating connected your first love.
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That intends it’s clip for shot for galore of us. (Go, Orioles!) Pitchers and catchers commencement reporting connected Feb. 14, for outpouring training. Others tin move connected to nan NBA and NHL seasons. Or look guardant to assemblage hoops and nan March Madness tournament.
Or return up an world athletics – cricket, rugby aliases shot (ugh). I’ve watched everything from Rock Paper Scissors tournaments to Australian Rules Football. If you tin clasp out, nan 2024 Summer Olympics commencement successful Paris connected July 26. Anything to debar predetermination politics.
Some of america are NFL addicts. No magnitude of nan different 3 big-name sports will fulfill us. Accept it and attraction nan offseason connected really your squad will do adjacent year. For shot fans, that intends nan scouting harvester and nan draft. It’s nan eventual intersection of assemblage shot fandom and nan pro addiction.
The Scouting Combine runs Feb. 27-March 4 and is simply a awesome chance to spot immoderate large surprises for nan coming year. Draft clip is conscionable astir nan corner, successful Detroit, Michigan, connected April 25–27. Hardly immoderate clip astatine all. That gives you conscionable capable clip to study your team’s apt picks and observe nan play of existent NFL obsession. (It astir apt would daze immoderate non-football fans that this has go a awesome televised event.)
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That gets you to May and preseason shot is only astir 3 months later, pinch nan first preseason crippled landing successful early August.
Go acold turkey. This utilized to beryllium nan look erstwhile group kicked smoking. Do nan aforesaid pinch sports. There is simply a world of cool worldly retired location that involves you doing much than sitting successful nan stands aliases successful beforehand of your TV. Try an creation museum, spell backpacking, get immoderate friends together and spell to a weapon scope aliases commencement going to nan gym.
We each sewage excessively utilized to staying indoors during COVID-19. It’s clip to time off our cocoons and go nan butterflies we were calved to be.
The imaginable is endless. Make a database of time trips adjacent to location and deed 1 a week, particularly connected Sunday erstwhile you are going into withdrawal. Try kindness activity or, yes, spell to religion Sunday instead. You don’t person immoderate excuses successful nan offseason.
Remember, there’s ever adjacent year… erstwhile nan likelihood are your squad will suffer again.
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