Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
"You play to win the game."
Call me a simpleton or a neanderthal, but I find no joy in losing. There are no moral victories in competitive efforts, and there is no point in competing if you're going to be satisfied with any result short of winning.
No offense, but all this "It's not the destination, it's the journey" and "I cherish the season, the playoffs are just random luck" sounds like the kind of garbage Cubs fans have fed themselves for a century.
If you set yourself up so that the only thing that counts is winning it all, a World's Championship, an NCAA title, whatever, then you have set yourself up for a lot of heartache and angst.
I'm sure I'm rationalizing, but there is enjoyment to be had in the season itself; CE, you are here all the time, reveling in the successes and wallowing in the defeats of the regular season. If you truly only cared about winning it all, then we would only see you during playoff season.