Would You Rather # 12: Be the Star Player on a Losing Team or Ride the Bench on a Winning One?


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They've both lost matches but remain stars...

Most people like sports. Some others are in love with sports. They consider their affiliations to teams as intimate as family ties. They wouldn’t mind spending money on team paraphernalia even if their rent is almost up and they don’t earn that much. I admire the energy of the players and the spectators, the style of play, the beauty the pitch, the cheers and jeers of the crowd.

I’m not a loyal follower of sports but I am fascinated by the NBA and the Champions League (I like to follow the best). It doesn’t only highlight the talent of the star players but also give meaning to the why it is said team spirit is important. Not everyone gets to shine but when the trophy is won, all team players rejoice because everyone played a role. When they lose a match, everyone suffers the humiliation.

As much as we all admire the outstanding athletes like Messi, Ronaldo, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and some others, we can’t dispute the fact that the team helps them become who they are. However things turn out on the pitch, they are all in it together.

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Not fun, is it?

I can’t tell for a fact but I’m sure the last place every player wants to be during a match is on the bench. Every athlete wants to be part of the action. The more you are seen on the pitch, the more people appreciate your talent and you get to be counted among the ‘big boys.’ Warming the bench is time wasting, talent fading. You become the ‘escort’ not a real player. You get paid to wear the jersey and chew gum as you look on with folded arms. Where’s the fun in that?

Everyone goes to the pitch with the aim to win. Without such a goal, you’ve already lost the game before it even starts.

To lose a match doesn’t necessarily dim the lights on the star player. Everyone understands that sometimes, the odds are against you and winning a particular game is just not possible no matter how hard you try. But that doesn’t stop critics from broadcasting their view that you might be losing your form and start comparing you with other key players from other teams.

For some others, as long as his team wins, it doesn’t matter if he was part of the action or he rode the bench. The glory is for the whole team.

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Photo credits to Google Images.

Personally, the fact that I’ve been signed to be a team player means having the opportunity to be called onto the pitch should be my prayer. Whether we win or lose, I should go down in history as being a ‘part’ of the match. Unless rendered incapacitated due to an injury, the bench would be the last place I want to find myself even if my team wins.

What matters more to you, to be the star player and yet lose the match or be on reserve and win? Your thoughts are warmly welcome.

Josephine Amoako © 2016

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. vhuvu says:

    Reserve and win. I don’t know I love the idea of how not even the best players win all the time. They let the underdogs play and show off skill. It’s team effort. Messi can’t play alone ever.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yeah it’s team effort 👍

      Like

  2. Beaton says:

    I was born to stand out…. and not to fit in…. I am a star. I wont be content to be a reserve in a winning…. I would rather lose the match but give it my all and shine.. and then whe I do sit on the bench its to give someone else their spot in the light.
    ~B

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I’m with you! ✋

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Beaton says:

        yey I was hoping I wasnt being a lil selfish lol but hey cant turn this off ☼

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      2. joseyphina says:

        You’re not being selfish at all…

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Joel Jemba says:

    I am on this side echoing everything you said!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Good to know. Thanks for reading, Joel ☺

      Liked by 1 person

  4. piratepatty says:

    I’ll take the win. It would be what’s best for the team. And I chose to be a part of that team, not a solo act.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Sure, be what’s best for the team. A very good perspective. Thanks for sharing, Patty 👍

      Liked by 1 person

  5. My daughter and I have both been on both sides of this topic in sports we have or are playing. For both of us, we prefer the star on the losing mainly because we learn more about the game and being a part of a team and how to improve to be better players. Sitting on a winning team taught us more about patience but later showed us how fans have a more negative reaction when the team occasionally loses. We learned that it affected the players more negatively also. So, that’s why.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I like your reasons. Thanks for sharing them☺

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  6. I’d rather be the star player on a losing team- at least I’d known I’d given it my all and that I personally can change this game because I’m out there so much.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yeah! My thoughts exactly! ✋

      Liked by 1 person

      1. yes!!! cool 2 know someone else agrees

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      2. joseyphina says:

        Would love to know your opinion on the other would you rather questions 😃

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  7. AtimMercy says:

    Star player on a losing team anyday anytime… I like to be out there and do things myself…

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  8. Natalie says:

    In high school, I played tennis. I was the star player on a losing team. It was a difficult experience because my teammates were often jealous. I often wanted to connect with them, but I wasn’t always sure how to do so. That said, I’m very competitive and I would hate to be on the bench all the time!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Natalie. 😃

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Ufuomaee says:

    If I’m the star player and my team loses, I wouldn’t be happy about that at all. I’d rather have sat on the bench and glory with my winning team.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for sharing your opinion, Ufuomaee 😃

      Liked by 1 person

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