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Agony of defeat trumps thrill of victory

Originally Published: August 2, 2010
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

"The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans." -- George C. Scott, playing the Academy Award-winning lead role in the 1970 movie "Patton."

Gen. George Patton spoke from a wartime perspective. But the words apply to American society in general -- college football fans, players and coaches prominently included.

For a remarkable number of people who have an emotional stake in the sport, losing is more hateful than winning is joyful. The agony of defeat outweighs the thrill ...

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