Everybody Likes a Winner: The Very Real Effects of a National Championship
And let’s face it – everybody loves a winner. In our sports-obsessed culture, watching a team claw its way to the top, despite challenges and setbacks, is still a metaphor for the American dream. It’s about grit (a phenomenon now being scientifically studied; here’s a TED talk on it), hard work, resilience, and teamwork. And it’s about believing – up until the very end, when 0.0 remains on the clock – that there is still a modicum of a chance at victory. That is in fact how this year’s championship game played out when Kris Jenkins of Villanova released the ball for the game-winning shot with only .5 seconds remaining. By the time the ball cleared the nylon, time had run out. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that sort of legacy? I’m betting a whole lot of college hopefuls will come next fall.