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August 19, 2012


They called it a tie but the video replay
reveals Mark touched Elan out by a hair.
I'll never forget when my friend Mikhail
beat me at chess in four decisive strokes.
"You have to play the game," he explained
as I gaped at a board where almost all the
pieces were still in their starting places.
   These guys got game. Whether whiffleball,
   disc golf, or pool foot races they give it their
   all. I can hang with that. Competition is healthy
   so long as it doesn't sour you the way it did that
   little princess gymnast who fell on her ass then

   scowled as they hung the silver around her neck.
      Poor sports might get gold but they never really win.