The sentiment expressed by Vince Lombardi, the legendary former coach of the Green Bay Packers, has reached manifesto status — “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”
At the other end of the spectrum is the antiquated idea derived from the Grantland Rice poem ‘Alumnus Football’ (1908) — “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”
Though I’m usually up for a spirited debate, let’s stipulate that it is one thing to believe that winning is the point when we’re talking about our favorite competition.
But an almost blind obsession with finishing on top is far more ubiquitous than just in the games we play
The question is — when competitive juices drive the pursuit of a win at all costs no matter the arena, what is revealed about what we value most?
Surely there are important encounters where winning is decidedly not the only thing.