The Rundown 4/6
We're back! Jack and I will publish a quick daily column, thoughts from both of us to get you through the day!
Listen, here’s the deal, losing is way more common than winning. Yeah. I know that sounds dumb, because theoretically it’s the same number. It’s not.
There are more losers than winners. And most of the time, you have to lose to win.
Enjoy the losers. Root for the losers, believe in the losers. Hell, give the losers the credit they deserve. I will be the first to say if the Wolves tank they gain an invaluable draft pick, and keep their own. If the Wild stayed underwater, they would have a fantastic draft pick. But they didn’t. At the end of the day, most players don’t have any foresight to the team’s future, because, well they don’t get paid for that.
When looking at it critically, you can easily realize that the recipe for long term success, was winning - and losing. The Twins won the AL Central 6 out of 8 years between 2002-2010, but they never won a World Series, hell they didn’t advance in the playoffs at all except for 2002 and they lost in the ALCS. What does this prove? Sustained success while pretty on paper, prevents a team from getting cheap high level talent in the draft, talent that is required if you are going to truly compete for a championship.
This is not something that I expect every fan to know, or respect, because the expectation should be a good product on and off the field/court/rink. However, it is the job of the GM and management to maximize the natural ebbs and flows of competitiveness. Losing isn’t fun, but a good team maximizes the results, to fully harness the possibilities of the future.
Cats by a billion.
Villanova won their second men’s basketball national championship in three years, cementing their status as an elite program and head coach Jay Wright as an all-time great. Or, at least they should. See, when people bring up the top NCAA men’s basketball programs, Villanova still isn’t an immediate name to come to mind. Why?
Perception is reality. Villanova is doing quick work to overcome their perception as not being a ‘blue blood,’ but why have they earned respect when it has been given out freely to others for past success?
For example, 20 years ago, hell even sooner, many would tell you Georgetown was the class of the Big East. After the split with the now American Athletic Conference there’s less competition in the conference, but the name brand arguably still holds more punch than Villanova’s. But the two programs have gone in complete opposite directions in the last five years. Shouldn’t Villanova’s recent winning overshadow the history of any other program?
To quote one of the best jury speeches in Survivor history by Erik Cardona, “perception is not reality. Reality, is reality.” The reality we live in is that Villanova is the best program in men’s college basketball. Many will list programs with a great history first. But maybe, just maybe, the present holds more weight than you think.
They’ve got the trophy. How do you argue against that?