99% of all teams finish the season with a loss
I've been to two CBA finals, I've been to a European Cup Final, and I've been to an NBA final and I've lost every game. You know, a long time ago I wrote kind of a paper for a leadership program on what the difference between a winner and a champion is. It's in me. I do want to some day end my season with a win. There is no question that would be probably the greatest thing in the world to end a season with a win, because 99% of all teams end the season with a loss. - George Karl, newly hired coach of the Denver Nuggets, to ESPN.
We'll ignore for the mean time that most major league sports have about 30 teams, so each championship team is itself about 3%. Then, you have to add in those teams who don't make the playoffs but still win their last game (i.e. the 2004 Cubs). I'll dispute the 99% figure, but the rest of the quote is interesting.
What I would have liked to hear is Karl explain what he believes is the difference between a champion and a winner, and why he is a winner. I also want to know, is Dusty Baker a champion or just a winner? For that matter, is Bobby Cox just a winner? Thirteen straight trips to the playoffs... one ring?
I don't necessarily agree that winning the final game of a season makes one a champion rather than a winner... although I guess it does technically... so I am going to try something here.
Winner - - - - - - - Champion
Karl Malone - - - - Michael Jordan
Bill Kelly - - - - - Joe Montana
Bobby Cox - - - - - Phil Jackson
Barry Bonds - - - - Derek Jeter
????????? - - - - - Wayne Gretzky
Peyton Manning? - - - 'The Fridge'
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