Most players probably enjoy good hard fought games; yet, each wants to be on the winning side. A win is always a win, no matter how badly a team performed. Sometimes, a win happens from a bad or missed call; other times a fantastic play. And perhaps it occurs by just plain luck. However, the coaches and percentages say most times hard work, better strategy, and from lots of heart.
This brings us to women’s college basketball. Though no surprise to the South Carolina Gamecocks, they stand at No. 1 in the rankings. Notre Dame is not in the top 3, while University of Connecticut is probably still considered the favorite. But make no mistaken, any of them can be beaten. And despite this concentration, there are a lot of great games taking place all across the country.
Quite possibly, the heart, of champions, speaks to who wants the ball when a winning basket is needed, willing to take on the task when a defensive stop is required, or, can rally the troops regardless of the odds against them. Such efforts rumble loudly in the mindset of all. For today’s society, the above comes with several caveats. Among the things we love of sports.
Innovation is impacting part of the game, from coverage to clothing to assessments, etc. Even the ideologies of green energy are making waves into the equation. Always, ever present, is a business side; success toward post season, players eyeing the next step of possibilities, sponsors need for a return, challenges on growing fan support, and so on. The entirety of these discussions brings us to a simple question: athletes, what works for staying the course thru game-time challenges.
Now, keep in mind, my commentary is one of economics; alluding to a human side of the contests; crossing paths with friends and foes in the stands, inclusion of entertainment, technological impacts, and varied business interests. No doubt, there may well be a worthy educational angle, important for others. The intent, however, is not here to incorporate such aspect. Furthermore, I’ll sideline the brewing debate on paying college athletes.
Now, whether you’ve played organized, recreational, or neighborhood sports, the first thought is to just have fun; winning, of course, helps. I’m also sure concepts of dedication, drive, confidence, team-work, practice, focus, fearlessness, and perseverance are starting points. In the end, the best don’t necessarily stand on the champions’ podium when the dust has settled, nor as the game clock reaches zero. And despite women’s college basketball encompassing many fiery battles between teams, the attendance has not consistently reflected that competitiveness.
With this understanding, great conversational fonder, at sporting events, or dinning opportunities, cover which sporting level is preferable, i.e. professional vs. college, to males vs. females. Truth be told, they are all connected; i.e. profession to college to high school to junior varsity to pee wee leagues, etc. It reminds me of the beer commercials: taste great; no, less filling. The important point is both sides liked the beer; in comparison, we, as participants, in sporting conversations, are projecting we like it. So, what floats your boat indeed is at best, merely, a rightful, personalized, choice, irrespective the reasoning. If you choose to associate sports to education, then that’s cool. Just note, differences are equally okay. So, keep your rain on your own parade. The better positioning concerns athletes loving and enjoying the game; synonymous with what joy the rest of us get out of attending them; each within pursuing our own aspirations.