Me: “Run it back!”
Him: “You want to switch the teams up a little?”
Me: “Run it back!” (this time throwing, the ball at–um, I mean toward–him)
Anyone who is a competitor, and we all have a little bit of that in us, can relate to that scenario. You’ve just been whooped. And at something about which you care at least a little bit (why else would you be playing the game?). And rather than go home, or sit on the sidelines, or worse yet, take the easy way out and change your team, you want nothing more than to play again. You want to start over, hit sport’s equivalent of a reset button. You want to, as they say on the hoop courts, “run it back”.
And the beauty of sports is that, even if you lose again, even if you lose AGAIN, it’s just one day. You always have tomorrow to come back and compete again. I had a coach that used to tell us after a particularly poor loss...