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Press: Winning The Bigger Game

The greater you are as a fan, the less objective you are about your game. Fandom is visceral, not intellectual. Reason falls proportionate to the degree that emotions rise. For true fans, few are life's joys that transcend your team winning the big game. And when your team loses? Well, fans have committed murder, suicide and countless other acts of violence because their team had fewer points, runs or goals than the opponent. Recognizing that emotion trumps reason in the heat of the sporting moment is important in preparing for games like Friday's Coeur d'Alene - Post Falls basketball contest, in which the Vikings, playing at home, defeated the top-ranked Trojans. But recognition alone isn't enough. Certainly, school officials were prepared for the likelihood of emotion overcoming reason en masse, yet a great high school basketball game became something of a melee afterward, with reports of children being knocked around and punches being thrown as fans stormed the court/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Vince Lombardi once said: "Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing." Do you agree/disagree with that statement?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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