Laughing at losing

on January 2018 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

For the post holidays weekend, there was plenty of significant sports stories to go around. Unfortunately, the only ones of interest were about the losing side of things. Not that it is wrong to focus on the defeated, sometimes it is necessary. It is just that it really isn’t a very nice thing to do, regardless of how much fun it may be. This post on losers though, isn’t out of “necessity” it is mostly based on it being plenty of fun. That’s right people, I have probably booked my ticket to hell for this.

Now before I begin, it is fair to say that none of these people really are losers. That Swedish captain may have thrown his medal away but he is a very good hockey player and did take his team to the championship game. Those Buffalo Bills didn’t manage to do many things right on Sunday, but getting to the playoffs is an accomplishment. Same can be said for the Kansas City Chiefs who despite not showing up in the second half of their game, at least can say they made it that far. In essence, this paragraph is my way of saying…“With all due respect…” I’m sure all you Ricky Bobby fans out there understand why.

We will start off on Friday night when Team Canada won the World Junior Hockey Tournament. It was a great game with edge-of-your-seat excitement as the winning goal wasn’t scored until 1:40 was left in the third by Tyler Steenbergen. Coincidentally, that was his first goal of the tournament and ensuring that every forward on Canada scored a goal. As great a way to win, it was a tough game to lose. Sweden didn’t do much wrong, but you can tell they were devastated. After losing the U-18 tournament in the finals as well as the Ivan Hlinka tourney, the Swedish captain wanted nothing more to do with being a runner up. Seconds after receiving his silver medal, Lias Andersson threw it into the crowd. You have to love the fan that got it though, right?

Plenty has already been written about how he shouldn’t have done such a thing; how disrespectful he was; what a display of bad sportsmanship; how much he is going to regret it later on etc., etc., etc. Relax everyone, take a breath. At the end of the day, it was a teen having a bad moment. Nothing more, nothing less. No need for pundits and fans to make it anything more than that. The fan by the way, did return it back to the team.

The only people who should focus attention on Andersson are the citizens of Buffalo. Not because the World Junior tournament was held there, but because it might help cover up the worst sports story involving Buffalo this weekend, and that was the very quick exit from the playoffs by their beloved Bills.

The first round playoff game was held in sunny Jacksonville but my oh my was this one of the worst football games I have ever witnessed. It was a resounding 3-3 at halftime. That’s sarcasm folks, just in case you were wondering. The Bills had a chance to score a touchdown in that first half as they were first and goal from the one yard line. The drive which totaled 18 plays, 71 yards and 8:06 of time ended unfortunately, with the only points they would score all game. All in all it was a pretty sad day for the Bills and for their fans who waited since 1999 for them to make the playoffs. Well, I think maybe they would have been fine with waiting another year to avoid that kind of performance. Then again, losing in the first round may not be as bad as losing in the SuperBowl… four straight years in a row. What? Too soon?

I couldn’t let the weekend of sad stories end without at least once mentioning the KC Chiefs. Yes they have been to the playoffs way more often than the Bills, but only have one playoff win since 1994. You would think after leading 21-3 at halftime they were well on their way to their second. They weren’t. Now it is pretty sad for a football team to give up an 18 point lead in a half, but it has happened in the past, so what makes this one special? Well, one of those second half Tennessee Titans touchdowns, the one that started the comeback, was a pass from Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota to… wait for it… Marcus Mariota.

Tennessee was 3rd and goal from the six yard line. After nothing was available to his right, Mariota rolled left but his throw was batted down by a defender. Unfortunately for the stunned Chiefs defence, it was batter right back into the hands of Mariota who then took a few steps and dove into the endzone. When the opposing team scores a touchdown like that, you know the gods are working against you. Chiefs are now 1-10 in playoff games since 1994. Ouch.

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