My many Washington friends are hurting this morning. Their beloved Capitals, the team with the best record during the NHL's regular season are done, ousted in the first-round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens.
Of course, the media are apoplectic in their analysis of how the Canadiens, down 3 games to 1 in the series, rallied to win. The Capitals collapsed, in the eyes of one sports journalist.
Did they? Who cares. That misses the point of this post.
Games are not won on paper, and certainly on paper it appeared the Capitals would have no problem beating the Canadiens. But if you are a long-time sports fan, then you can remember situations in which your team was definitely supposed to win...and didn't, or definitely was supposed to lose...and didn't.
And that's why sports are a wonderful lesson. You just never know what's going to happen.
Today, my Washington friends are left to wonder "what happened?" But it won't be long before they are relishing the unexpected success of one of their other favorite teams, and because that team won when it wasn't supposed to.
That's why they play the games.