- “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”
Those were the words of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, the day after he walked out of a press conference following his team’s loss in Super Bowl 50 to Denver. As a Bronco’s fan, I was in a decidedly better mood after than game than Cam was.
Sam Weinman, author of Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains, thinks that statement is not only wrong, it’s dangerous. What began as an investigation into how to teach his adolescent sons how to better deal with defeat in sports turned into an examination of how losing actually benefits us.