As much as sportswriters like myself like to get caught up in the numbers crunch, who is scoring the most points, who is grabbing the most rebounds, who is doing all the little things — basketball games are not won or lost in the pages of a newspaper sports section, or in heated discussions on talk radio or on the Internet.
Games are won and lost on the court — and at this time of the season, it just takes one subpar game to end your season and send you home to think about what might have been.
But at the end of the day, sports is not about cutting down nets, or trophies, or glory.
It’s about learning life lessons that endure long after the cheering stops.
And one of those is the simple, sometimes sad truth that sometimes, you give your all, spill your bucket on the court, don’t have one ounce of energy left at the end of the game — and it isn’t quite good enough.
For our area teams who perhaps didn’t see their hoop dreams come to fruition this season — Theodore Roosevelt’s timeless words should offer a bit of solace.
Every athlete in our area who dared to enter the arena this winter — whichever arena that may have been — can be proud of the fact they put forth an effort.
Their place, to quote the eloquent former president, is NOT with “those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Contact sports editor David Vantress at 533-2151, ext. 325 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.