Losing good

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


WHAT is good in losing is that it gives an athlete or a team a chance to strive harder and be ecstatic once it is number one again.

Not only that, it also opens the team's door for criticism and a player's window for scrutiny.

Ceres-La Salle FC thought, with its ongoing UFL record and previous performances that it can advance to AFC President's Cup next stage.

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They were wrong as the Kuwaiti referee's whistle blew them apart allowing its rivals two chances resulting to two goals from the corner.

It was reminiscent of that 1972 Olympic basketball final where the US did not accept its silver medals as Fiba allowed USSR to get away with murder by resetting the clock twice so that Russian Sergei Belov could score from a fastbreak.

Regional athletes and officials in the Palarong Pambansa in Laguna never thought that Southern Tagalog could unseat them (after all these years) in their comfortable runner-up seat behind National Capital Region.

The point system or medal count may be made a scapegoat but Region 6 athletes might have underestimated the opposition or lacked enough preparation.

Bacolod Tay Tung High School likewise came up short against defending champion University of the Visayas in the regional finals of 2014 Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars in Iloilo City over the weekend.

There is a time for winning, a time for losing and a time for whining. A time for crying in frustration and in jubilation.

What matters in the end is that losing makes one stronger to make a comeback and see what is and where did it go wrong.

Now, time for payback.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 20, 2014.

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