Sport is about not winning
An interesting and clever article ...
Some extracts :
Defeat is the sporting experience that dare not speak its name. Defeat is the thing that keeps us coming back: for when victory is certain, where is the joy? A mismatch brings no pleasure to the winner, and we call such victories hollow.
And it finishes with :
We are as hooked on defeat as we are on victory. Sport would not be sport without misery, without despair, without hopelessness. Victory is for wimps: it is in defeat that the true spirit of sport is to be found.
Read the whole article, it's more about soccer than anything else, but it's a good article, from a spectators perspective.