Sports Schadenfreude: Guys We Love to See Fail

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Sports Schadenfreude: Guys We Love to See Fail
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For some reason, every year during the Emmys it always makes me laugh when Jon Hamm gets snubbed ye again.

I have nothing against Hamm. I would even venture so far as to say I like him. But for some reason, watching him fail every single yearwatching him lose out on Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series to Bryan Cranston or Damian Lewis or Jeff Daniels (!!!)is just funny. It's kind of weird to say that I like watching him lose, but…I kind of like watching him lose.

In the wide world of sports, there are countless people for whom we share this sentiment. There are countless people who fill us with strange, nonsensical pleasure every time they screw up, muff a play, blow a big game.

What is it about these people whose ineptitude fills us with such amusement? In the cases of some, it's obvious; in the cases of others, it will forever remain a mystery. But one thing is certain: We will always revel in their defeat.

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