If Winning Isn't Everything Then Why Do They Keep

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"If Winning Isn't Everything, Then Why do They Keep Score?" For as long as I can remember, I've played sports. The main reasons I loved playing sports is because they kept me occupied, I built lifelong relationships, and I stayed active all year long. Being in sports has taught me discipline, responsibility, and dedication. What I love the most about playing sports, more than anything, is the competition. Competition to me, is what sports are all about. Some may argue saying they're about teaching discipline and building character, but to me, it's about competition. Yes, those are very important characteristics one should have, but when it comes down to it, it's all about winning. Why would someone work their tails off, practice for numerous hours a week, eat right, and focus so much on being the best if winning wasn't important? Think about that for a second. Why would someone instill so much time into something that just wasn't worth it?Vince Lombardi once said, "If winning isn't everything, then why do they keep score?" This is something that really got to me and has been embedded in my head for as long as I can remember. Winning may not be everything, but it definitely is a very important factor in sports. Since winning is a very important factor in sports, there is a huge amount of competition. The best competition of all is a rival competition. I come from a small town and we only had two High Schools. One can already imagine how the rival games were. Rival games are intended to show the town who's "boss', and also to show everyone who is a better team. In my opinion, my high school/campus life and the community were the two main factors that made the rival games so big. Some rivals are friendly and some rivals are atrocious. When I was in high school the community is what made rival games such a big commotion. Restaurants would close down for the

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