Can’t always win silver
I’d like to address something that really grinds my gears. It’s something that has been a problem for me ever since I started on this trip into sports media.
And, it is rather simple and maybe I’m being too much of a stickler but here goes. My problem is this: Every time there is a tournament, social media is flooded with congratulations for every team involved. That’s great. Every team deserves recognition for playing the game hard and doing their best to get a victory.
Whether you finish first, second, third of 15th, it’s all great and deservedly so.
I applaud that actually. What I don’t applaud is this nonsense about winning silver. Being awarded a silver medal is fantastic, I just have a problem with telling athletes they’ve won a silver medal, because that’s not the truth.
In team sports, it is impossible to win a silver medal.
You have to take a loss in order to get a silver showing. There is no winning, no ticker tape parade for second place. It’s just the truth.
No one looks at the loser of the World Series and says, ‘congratulations, you’ve won second place.’
Now, I realize this doesn’t apply to all sports. There are certain individual sports where you do, in fact, win a silver medal. Track and field for instance.
If you’re a sprinter and you get beat by the top guy, but in turn beat the third place guy, you’ve won a silver medal. Get a better score in the high jump than the third place athlete? Guess what, you’ve won silver. Same thing applies to swimming or diving or auto racing or equestrian events — get the point?
This nonsense about winning the silver is baloney.
In team sports, silver is something you lose. Simple as that.
I’d like to know where this idea started. Does anybody know?
Who was the first person to start saying you’ve won the silver medal in regards to team sports?
Whoever it was needs to be examined by a physician. I get the idea behind it.
You’re trying to sooth the feelings of the young athletes. Trying to help them get over the pain of defeat.
“You just won a silver medal, Johnny. That’s great.”
Johnny smiles meekly, but he’s really thinking, ‘We had to lose to get this.’
You know why losing in the championship game hurts so much?
It’s because the second place medal is something you get for falling in the big game.
Just like there’s no crying in baseball, there is no winning the silver medal.
Truth be told, I’d rather win the third place game. At least you’ve won a medal then.
Who was the first person to start saying you’ve won the silver medal in regards to team sports? Whoever it was needs to be examined by a physician.
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