OK class, pop quiz time. Who's heard the expression you need to know how to lose before you can win? Great, it seems everyone has. Now who actually applies that lesson in their daily lives?
I figured as much, there goes half the class. So here's your refresher course.
For three straight years, 2003, 2004 and 2005, Jimmie Johnson watched as someone else hoisted the Sprint Cup title. By ninety points in '03, eight in '04 and hundred and twenty-seven in 2005 before finally having his turn in 2006 and again last season.
But, more importantly, it's how one reacts to both winning and losing. Are you still listening back there, Mister Busch?
Now you've done your share of winning, burnouts, bows, and talking. Winning is easy to you and fun, except what sets you apart from everyone else Mister Busch, is how you lose.
Drivers have all climbed out and been disappointed in the way they ran or how they lost.
You Sir, will storm off, run from the media and often from other drivers. Ron Hornaday, Johnny Benson, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Steven Wallace, Dale Earnhardt Jr, your own brother, to name a few. You can fire the first shot and then are confused when three others come back at you.
You've been condescending over your radio and in your interviews, the ones you actually give, not your crew chief or boss.
Things go wrong and they're never your fault, Mister Busch doesn't just hit the wall on his own. The words "I made a mistake," "I'm sorry" or "Oops" just don't seem to be in your vocabulary.
Are you still awake Mister Busch? It's getting interesting.
This past weekend as you struggled and crashed and lost valuable points, there was no confidence or nice things to say about anyone on the radio. Only a stream of profanities. "Who gives a [expletive]," you said.
Ah, you express yourself and your frustrations so eloquently but it's so confusing coming from a man whose dominated everything and is now acting as if it's the end of the world. What happened? Did you put the horse or should I say Mister Ed, before your carriage when you said earlier in the day to Wendy Venturini that you would be the champion?
Yes, it sucks to lose, but it's only one race. Imagine how Dale Earnhardt Jr. felt for two years? And then you said after wrecking him that it wasn't so bad and he would live to see another race.
Or Mister Busch how do you think Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and Matt Kenseth feel?
You Mr. Busch, my friend, are not a gracious loser.
Former car owner Rick Hendrick, "He's got to be frustrated. To run like he's run, I'm telling you, you've got to learn how to lose. Learning how to win is the easy part. Learning how to lose is the hard part of this deal."
Perhaps you could take notes from Mark Martin after the 2007 Daytona 500, or Jeff Burton and his mild-mannered respect, and yes, even Dale Earnhardt Jr. from Richmond in May. More recently though, Jimmie Johnson after losing the New Hampshire race to Greg Biffle with just eleven laps to go.
I hope you study up, Mr. Busch, your next test is in six days.