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The Greatest Depression: A Meltdown All of Us Can Enjoy

Since this is my last guest-blogging effort, I would like to begin by thanking Jewcy for the opportunity to post some thoughts all week long.  I have enjoyed it a great deal – you have a heckuva site going here!  … Read More

By / September 26, 2008

Since this is my last guest-blogging effort, I would like to begin by thanking Jewcy for the opportunity to post some thoughts all week long.  I have enjoyed it a great deal – you have a heckuva site going here! 

Now if you don’t mind, I would prefer to spend my last few paragraphs not thinking about the current evaporation of our economy and collapse of the United States.  Apparently, if my television can be believed, we are all going to die soon somehow.  And I believe my television.

Instead I would like to talk about something far more important, and much, much happier:  Southern Cal lost last night.  This year’s Pac-10 game that they decided not to show up for was against Oregon State.  Let’s hope it will be the first of many. I am taking great pleasure in this defeat, and not just because it allows me to think about something else while the bank is probably preparing to take away my home.  Sparky Anderson once said that “losing hurts twice as bad as winning feels good,” which I think is true for love, war…and college football.  So we can all be quite assured that today, Pete Carroll and the entire Southern Cal community is wallowing in abject misery, their national title hopes dashed by another stunning upset.  This one is going to sting for a long time, maybe even until the coming great depression is over. Southern Cal has assembled the most impressive collection of talent I have ever seen (they were great in high school, at least).  At every position, they have 3 or 4 guys who would start for any other team in the country.  Their fourth string tailback transferred last year…and now he starts for Florida.  They just crushed an Ohio State team that returned 20 starters from a national championship runner-up.  Made them look like a high school team (I revel in the misery in Columbus, too).  On paper, Oregon State had no business being on the same field as Southern Cal…but they were up 21-0 at halftime.

As it turns out, no one believed the hype more than the Trojans themselves.  And their coach, for all the talk about his winning personality and being a “player’s coach,” is evidently no master motivator.

I recommend spending your day reading their fan boards.  It will be a melt-down that we all can enjoy.  The greatest depression.

So as it turns out, not only does losing hurt twice as bad as winning feels good, but also the failure of others can make you feel twice as good as your own successes.  That is, as long as they are evil, like Southern Cal…and you are an asshole, like me.

Thanks again, Jewcy. 

Christopher Fettweis, author of Losing Hurts Twice As Bad, spent the last week guest blogging on Jewcy.  This is his parting post.  Want more?  Check out his book

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