By now you know that No. 5 Stanford beat the No. 16 Arizona State University Sun Devils in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Saturday 38-14.
On Sunday, I heard a die-hard Sun Devil fan say that ASU was simply not the better team. I thought this was an interesting statement coming from a fan, since fans typically say just the opposite followed by something akin to, “We were robbed!” This prompted me to look at the question, “Was ASU the better team?”
So many times when a sports team loses you hear its fans comment, “But we were the better team.” To this I say, “Apparently not, because if it was the better team it would have won.” That may seem harsh so let us think about that statement.
The winning team is the one that scores the most points, so if it scored the most points then it IS the better team, period. Maybe it was not the better team going into the game (enter Vegas odds) but it came out the better team. Put another way, on THAT day on THAT field the winning team was in fact, the better team. So ASU was not the better team and those that say it was are simply deluding themselves or trying to make themselves feel better. Think about this the next time you make that seemingly innocent statement.
In sharp contrast, there is another saying that floats around in college football, and sports in general, and that is “You are only as good as your last game.” I suggest that no one likes that statement and it is only true when it is the championship game.
Let’s take these statements with college football as an example. The team’s record during the season is important because that is what the conference championship game is based upon. I could go as far as to say that that is what the BCS standings and bowl games are based upon, however, that is not always the case. For example, your team might not have the best record in the Big 10, but if it wins the Big 10 Conference Championship Game, then it has an automatic birth in the Rose Bowl, unless of course it is chosen to play in the BCS Championship game.
In these instances, the statement “We were the better team” does in fact win out since usually the better record gets the better bowl game. Yet the team with the best season record does not always get selected to play in the championship game. So, which is more true, we are the better team or you are only as good as your last game?
Is all of this confusing an example of cyclical thinking, like the question “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” Yes it is. However, I find both of these statements fascinating and are great conversation starters especially when talking about the BCS standings and the resulting bowl games.
So next time you hear someone say “We lost but we were the better team,” I suggest you look at them and say, “You really think so?” and let the fun and heated conversation go from there.
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Water tips to save money, help save the Earth
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon
- What you need to know about Alzheimer's disease in Arizona
- Spring clean your windows like a pro with these 8 tips
- 7 films that should have won best-picture Oscars
- New plumbing technology saves money and improves your home
- Survey shows Arizona CFOs optimistic about 2016
- How chronic pain can affect your love life
- 5 potential warning signs about your child's development