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Celebrating the Noncelebrators
January 14, 2013
With the exception of undertakers, athletes are the only professionals obliged to feign sorrow on a daily basis, pretending that every June baseball loss is a tragedy requiring library silence in the clubhouse. That is why reporters assigned to the losers' locker rooms during the NFL playoffs will speak in the hushed tones of mock sympathy usually reserved for state funerals or golf telecasts.
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January 14, 2013

Celebrating The Noncelebrators

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My 6'11" brother-in-law, who played at Dartmouth, had his professional dreams dashed when he was cut by the Generals, who decided that his will to lose wasn't strong enough. Losing in the manner that the Generals do it is a real gift, in more than one sense. When Kobe Bryant said in December that he wished his struggling team had the Generals on its schedule, Klotz graciously offered to play the Lakers. "We haven't beaten the Globetrotters in four-plus decades, so I know a little bit about what Kobe is going through," said Klotz, America's slump buster, for whom losing has always been a selfless act.

That Klotz will turn 92 this year is the best testament yet to what losing can do to a man, as long as he embraces the ecstasy of defeat, and continues—in the words of that Browns quarterback—to "look upwards," forever, into eternity.

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