Explain to Me: “Sore Loser”

In the aftermath of his team’s Superbowl loss, Cam Newton had this to say:

“I’ve been on record to say I’m a sore loser. Who likes to lose? You show me a good loser and I’m going to show you a loser. It’s not a popularity contest. I’m here to win football games.”

That response received a lot of criticism for being unprofessional and unsportsmanlike. Cam argues that he’s being genuine– his heart’s in the game.

For those who don’t know, a “sore loser” is someone who hates to lose. In the world of sports, you win some and you lose some. That’s the nature of the beast. Some who play are able to get over their losses easily. Others, well, they let the sting of defeat sit with them.

Those kinds of folks– like Cam Newton– really hate to lose.

But is that really a problem? His argument is that anybody who can brush off a loss is the true loser. In this case, “loser” takes on the meaning of a “nobody”. In other words, a real winner loves to win and hates to lose, and that’s the kind of person he’s proud to be.

What kind of person are you?

Published by Jon Dao

Formerly, the Conversation Coach

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