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Why all of this pain is worth it.

I will not get over this loss for a long, long time. This whole weekend I've tried to not think about it, and then I hear something that reminds me of the game, or see a game, and I just get depressed again. The cashier at HyVee today even brought it up and I about went off on her. But i was talking to my dad tonight, and we both agreed on a really good point: This is what makes sports worth it. I always ask myself after losses like this, "Why do I care so much? Wouldn't it be easier to just not care?" Yes it would be easier, but it wouldn't make my life any better. Its losses like these that make winning so much sweeter. Its losing to Oklahoma in football every year that makes beating them and rushing the field one of the best nights of my life. Its losing to kU countless times, that made this year's game in Columbia the best game I've ever been to, and still gives me chills today when i think about Denmon scoring those 9 points in the last 2 minutes. Sure I'd love to be UNC or Duke and be a 1 or 2 seed every year and have several championships, but that makes being a fan easy. I don't want easy. A lot of my friends here at Mizzou are basically casual fans, and while they get excited when we win, and are disappointed when we lose, they don't honestly care that much. Sure It would have made this weekend a lot less depressing if I were like that, but the joy I felt after beating kU this year, and being there when we won the Big 12, makes all of my sorrows of losing so worth it. Sometimes I hate sports, and they make my life miserable, but my dad put it best: The joy of victory, and even the agony of defeat, make you feel alive. So, as much as it may hurt sometimes, I will keep on passionately rooting for my Tigers, and when the day comes that we finally break through to the Final Four, or the BCS Championship, I will be there and be able to feel an incredible satisfaction knowing that I've stuck with Mizzou through all the tough times. I will always be a True Son because I love this team, I love this University, and I love sports.

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