“I always root for the underdog.” I hear that a lot.
I don’t, so sometimes I ask why. Usually the answer is something along the lines of wanting the little guy to succeed.
But why? Has the little guy earned it?
When it comes to sports, I don’t often pick a side, as the success of one athlete or team over another has no bearing on my life.
That doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of sports in general. I love watching professional sports. Those athletes are amazing.
You know what I love watching even more? Dominance.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to watch an AYSO beatdown or rec league ringer talent show. I understand that in life not everyone has the same opportunities, and in those circumstances I will often root for the little guy who’s working his ass off. But I’m not talking about everyday life. I’m talking about professional sports, where the best of the best compete.
If I’m going to spend my time watching professionals, I want to watch them execute. Perfectly. Because they can. Because they’ve put in the work, practice, sweat, pain, perseverance, and time. Because they’ve done it and tweaked it and done it over and over again until it’s a reflex. Until they’re dominant.
It takes a lot more to be consistently dominant than to win by chance.
That’s why I don’t root for the underdog. I like to see hard work pay off.
I started this post right after the Rousey/Correia fight. It took me almost a month to finish, but well, I’ve been busy. Busy working hard.