When I wrote about our season opener, I said, "Whips run on love." And that was true from start to finish this season. I have played a lot of sports, and I can honestly say this is the most positive team environment I've ever experienced. We love each other more than we love winning, and that is a pretty amazing.
All of this is not to say we don't love winning. Of course we were disappointed when we lost. For my part, I felt a strange emptiness in the moments after the clock ran out. It's not a feeling I can remember experiencing with other losses in other sports. I think it was feeling not so much that we were beaten by the other team but just that the clock ran out before we were done. There wasn't a moment, until we actually lost, that it occurred to me we might not win. I don't mean to sound arrogant or to say I took it for granted that we would win. It's just that it seemed inconceivable that such an incredible season could end any other way.
And it was a truly remarkable season, the most competitive one the league has had so far. When I think about that, it gives me goose bumps. We gave this city the best season of roller derby it's ever seen, and we can all be proud of that.
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