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I agree with this. As a competitor, losing is a sign that you either made more mistakes or were not as prepared as your opponent, both of which are correctable and give you short term goals to improve. As a fan, there's nothing you can do except hope things go better next time.
Do you generally see young men cry as fans if their team loses a big game?
Do you not regularly see it in men's college athletics as players lose their shit when they lose a big game?
The answer is players with the caveat of the game has to be meaningful and not a regular season win or loss.
I think college is a different matter because they get a limited time and for many of them its the end of the road of their athletic career.
When you have a shitty day at work, how do you deal with? I just go home and focus on something else. I would imagine athletes do the same.
I think fans take it harder because they have a shitty day at work and go home and escape in to sports, and then when that goes to crap it really works them up.
Yeah, plus I think there's a big difference between emotions immediately at the end of a game/event and a few hours later. Immediately, the athlete is likely to have a strong emotional reaction but won't remain that way much longer.
Die hard fans tend to stay emotionally invested long-term.
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I can't imagine getting upset about a softball loss
im sorry i was confusing...your "Superbowl" was the Redskins losing since you know that the Ravens cant win it all.
This about sums it up. Players care way more - it's not even close. The difference is how we "take losses." Players are motivated by it, fans are just pissy about it. Control and accountability vs helplessly far removed.
For college sports, I think the players do, especially for bigtime games that go down to the wire.
In the pros, I think it's generally the fans. I think it's a combination of having perspective and just having such an awesome life. When you get to play a game you played as a kid as your "job", and get paid millions of dollars a year to do so and get all the fame/women/luxury lifestyle that comes with it, I think it's much easier for players to get over a loss vs joe the plumber who's wearing purple camo and spent half his income on lower level tickets.
This post was edited by goterps77 12 months ago
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