SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: A good loser is still a loser

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 05:21 PM.

I’ll admit that I’m a very competitive person by nature. Whether I’m playing a game of Monopoly, video baseball, trivia or an actual sport, I want to win with every ounce of being that is within me.

I took a communication conflict class at the University of Tennessee and the professor told me I was the most competitive student he had ever had in the class. Of course, that was a few years before a certain quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning took the class.

I don’t want this to come out the wrong way, but I’ve always held the belief that if you show me a good loser, I’ll show you a loser every time. That’s not to say I don’t believe in accepting defeat as graciously as possible and showing good sportsmanship. However, I think, there is a difference between being a good sport and a good loser.

A good sport congratulates their opponent, but the bitterness of the loss sticks with them for a while as they strive to get better. A good loser blows off a loss as part of life and finds their sense of happiness in just playing the game.

I guess there’s nothing wrong with perspective if you like losing, but I don’t like losing.

Every Thursday morning I can’t wait to open the Daily News sports section to see how I’m doing on the Panel of Experts football picks section. I enjoy seeing my name at or near the front of the pack.

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