There is a lot of emphasis in American Sports on winning a championship, it’s win or go home. How European sports, particularly soccer, differentiate themsleves from sports in the US is the opportunity for multiple teams to win a championship or trophy of sorts.
For instance, in the English or Barclays Premier League Manchester United won the league title, Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City for the FA Cup and Manchester City is the current FA Shields Cup champion. A German club, Bayern Munich is the UEFA Champions League champion.
There are so many more ways to win a trophy in European soccer, but with one chance in the United States it’s a championship or bust mentality. Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash isn’t buying that mentality.
From Zach Lowe of Grantland:
“We’re in an age in North America where it’s championship or bust. I don’t think it was like that when I first came into the league.”
“I don’t know. I never felt it was like that. But now, with all these media outlets online, there’s gotta be a “take,” there’s gotta be a story, and there’s gotta be a winner and a loser. It has to be black-and-white. Even if someone doesn’t even necessarily believe it wholeheartedly, they have to pick a side and go with it. I want there to be one winner, and I want that team to be upheld as the most important thing. But there are other things. There are other factors. I don’t end everything right there. And I agree with you on the Spurs. You could say they choked. You could also say a million things happened. Maybe you could say Miami choked by not winning in five games. It’s myopic to go with these narratives….
“I don’t know where that came from. When I came into the league, it was different than it is now. I mean, I get it. I’m OK with it. I just don’t subscribe to it. I want to win. I’ve had some opportunities, and we had some bad luck. I don’t even look at it so much as bad luck. Things just happen. You could say it’s bad luck, but you could also say that if I made every shot, we would have won. Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much. I find it much more interesting to look at the details.”