In the spirit of sportsmanship and football, it’s not about who wins or loses – it’s about the game, taking part in a shared contest, and having a shared experience.
Heck, who are we kidding? It is about winning, and big wins feel amazing – for both the players and the fans. But, for once, we’re here to talk about losing. Because as many football coaches say, “It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about winning and lessons,” there’s something to learn from every missed chance at attaining glory.
Games that have ended in a 0-0 tie are nothing new in the history of the NFL. It is a nightmare that every coach feels creeping into reality whenever a game drifts scoreless past the halfway mark.
In the NFL, there are many games that the players and the fans (and especially the losing side) would rather forget, but some losses are so epic they’ve given epic a new meaning.
This takes us back to November 1943, to the last 0-0 game in NFL history. Here’s something that fans of The New York Giants and Detroit Lions, “The Pride of Detroit,” aren’t too proud about.
The Lions were hosting the Giants at the Briggs Stadium in Detroit City before a crowd of around 17,000. While fans of both teams geared to settle for a single field goal, which would have been enough to settle affairs, what they did get were two weakened teams – The New York Giants and the Detroit Lions, playing on Week 8 of the 1943 Season. With a combination of players on both sides being drafted off to WWII and a horrendous pitch, the game ended in both teams scoring 0-0 and giving the NFL its last scoreless tie to date.
While some teams do experience the odd imperfect season, with the 17-game regular season, the possibility of staying winless has been drastically reduced. Besides, formations, systems, randomness, and luck also have a role in influencing the final score of a game, which means the difference between wins and losses is much thinner than you think.
If we’ve learned anything from the NFL history books (and Super Bowl KLII, where the New York Giants pulled an unbelievable mind-over-matter win against the New England Patriots), it’s that the Super Bowl ring is always just one giant upset away from any team.
Keeping that in mind, NFL fans need to be more like “Pirate Hunter” Zoro during the Florian Triangle Arc in Eiichiro Oda’s ‘One Piece.’ Zoro aims to become the best swordsman in the world and is dedicated to his captain Luffy. During the thriller arc, when Bartholomew Kuma almost kills Luffy, Zoro offers to absorb all the pain, saving Luffy’s life but damaging his entire body in the process. When Sanji regains consciousness and asks Zoro, who had narrowly escaped death, what happened, the latter simply replies, “Nothing happened!”