Although I passionately and religiously follow a wide range of professional and amateur sports, I do not consider myself competitive. I just enjoy watching healthy competition between elite athletes. Usually, it doesn’t matter to me which team or person wins as long as the participants play hard and fair. That doesn’t mean I don’t pick a favorite to win. However, I don’t have a vested emotional interest in who wins. I just don’t want anyone to be a really big loser. In fact, in most cases before the end of a game, match, or bout, I am cheering for the underdog. But at the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVIII I was sad and ready to give up watching professional football forever.
My reaction to Denver’s profound loss to Seattle reaffirmed hat I am a nurturer not a competitor. When it comes to athletics, I don’t like putting in the rigor necessary to win. Instead, I prefer to participate vicariously through the strenuous efforts of athletes. Third, strength of character is demonstrated when losers humbly acknowledge defeat. Anyone can compete, but only a champion illustrates grace after suffering a loss.
Sometime after the Super Bowl, various Denver Broncos’ players graciously gave interviews. The style with which the players comported themselves following their crushing defeat (witnessed by millions on the international stage) highlights the phrase: “the heart of a champion.” In addition to possessing skill, talent, and drive champions are gracious losers that exert extreme self-control.