The 28 Stages of Dealing With a Playoff Loss

Post by 
Alex Gara
Published 
10.20.2020

The 28 Stages of Dealing With a Playoff Loss

by Alex Gara

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  1. (Before the Game is Over) Illogical Optimism
  2. (As the Game is Ending) Anything Can Happen (It Can’t)
  3. Swift Gut Punch of Disappointment
  4. You Guys Deserve it. Great Game.
  5. Paralyzing Anger Glossed Between Your Brain and Your Eyes
  6. Pretending like You’re not Experiencing #5
  7. Playing Back the Last Shot on a Loop
  8. A Full Inventory of Shot Selection
  9. Rumination Over Missed Opportunities Earlier in the Game
  10. Secretly Blaming a Teammate
  11. Audibly Blaming Yourself
  12. Shots
  13. Who Cares?
  14. Caring
  15. I Don’t Mind Losing to a Team That Plays That Well. (You Mind)
  16. Explaining How You Lost to Someone Who is Only Half-Listening
  17. Pacing
  18. Overanalyzing
  19. Who Wants a Shot?
  20. Enjoying the Championship with a Manic Overcorrection
  21. Am I Drunk?
  22. Supportive Texts to Your Teammates
  23. (Turns Into) We Would Beat That Team 4 Out of 5 Times
  24. Bad Late Night Food Decisions
  25. (Getting Into Bed) Last Shot on a Loop Returns
  26. Insomnia (Regret + #24)
  27. I think I’m out next season
  28. Let’s run it back

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