Lessons on Winning and Losing
Dean Smith, former head coach of the University of North Carolina men's basketball team ( and the all-time winningest basketball coach in NCAA history ) offered the following examples in his book "The Carolina Way".
"One of our highly ranked teams, missing a starting player because of injury, was a decided underdog playing at Duke, which had a team ranked in the top five. We played a sensational game and won. The players were understandably excited near the end of the game. I called them over to our bench and told them, 'finish this off with class- shake their hands and congratulate them- and then we'll celebrate in the dressing room with the door closed.'"
"We played against one team who never had anything to say to us after we beat his team. Then, one night after they defeated us, he showed up in our locker room to talk to us and shake hands. When he finally left, I cleared the room of everyone but the players and said, 'now, that's exactly how you shouldn't act after winning. If we win the next time we play them, let's make a point to see if he comes to our locker room to congratulate us. He didn't.'"
Let's congratulate the effort that obviously went into the making of all the films, and wish the losers of the awards our best without disrespecting the winners and those that supported them.
There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar.