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Sports Life Lessons: The View from a Team’s Loss

By Adam Rosenfield On February - 24 - 2010

Like the rest of the athletics-crazed America, I love reading online sports articles. One of my favorite current sportswriters happens to be ESPN’s Bill Simmons.

While his mailbag and his homer tendencies towards Boston sports teams are items to joke about, the way in which he intellectually engages the reader through obscure sports statistics and his creative reasoning has the reader questioning differing aspects in the sports world.

A column I found particularly interesting—one of his hallmark pieces of writing—was the “13 Levels of Losing” article that is updated annually with more poignant examples that are used to cite his points regarding which losses hit worse for a specific team and their fans.

Notably, the 1986 Bill Buckner boondoggle ranked in a class by itself as “That  Game.” Simmons began this article before the success of the Red Sox, Patriots, and the Celtics, when Boston was a sports town which seemingly received all the bad breaks a sports fan couldn’t ask for.

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