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Schools of Thought: One loss doesn't wipe out many wins

Mark Sahli, columnist for The Pioneer Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Just a few months ago I praised the local sports media for the fine work they do and the breath of fresh air they provide from the national sports media.

They tend to stay away from the same old story lines and the all-day-every-day coverage of Lebron James, Tiger Woods and Tom Brady and the infatuation they have for them. The national media disguises their infatuation with the same old stories about these people by asking questions like what is the infatuation with Lebron James? Let me give you a hint national media, there is no infatuation with these people from the public, it is your own infatuation and tired old repetitive stories about these people.

With that said, we should not be a cheerleader for the local media in lock step either if they need to be called out occasionally.

Recently, the West Fargo Packer softball team had an amazing and nearly untouchable win streak come to an end. The loss of one game was summed up by coach Pat Johnson as just that, a loss. It was a loss for this team, who worked hard just like all the previous teams during the 20- year championship run.

He noted looking forward and starting the next journey.

One local media personality, who is very good at their job, commented that the win for the Packer opponent was the biggest win in the history of the sport in North Dakota. The comment came across as very sensationalized and quite frankly disrespectful to the Packer team and all the prior Packer teams and even this year's Mustang team. The accomplishments by the Packer softball program over the last 20 plus years, should not have been brushed aside by one victory by a Bismarck school who never even won the championship.

I called this reporter out and explained my school of thought. That school of thought was although a big win for the team that beat the Packers, to claim it was the biggest win in the history of the sport in this state, it was a total disrespecting of all the special wins over all the years passed by the Packers.

What about the first championship for West Fargo, or how about the 10th straight championship or maybe the 16th straight, or how about the 20 straight championship milestone mark? Are none of those the biggest?

I was very surprised at the differing schools of thought from mine and those who agreed with this sports personality. As I dug a bit further and read a bit more, it was clear that those who supported the comment were from the school or area from the team that beat the Packers.

My school of thought is a victory by any team can be huge or considered the biggest win on many occasions but please don't sensationalize it to the biggest or greatest ever in the history of the world.

Sometimes a loss or a marginal victory can have the best life lessons attached even though it was not the greatest win ever. Maybe I am sensationalizing this topic about sensationalization and it is just not that big of a deal to be sensationalized, and maybe sensationalization is not even a word, which it isn't.

What is your school of thought?

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