"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
The idea that a team might do better without a great player than with him. F'rinstance, the Knicks making it to the NBA Finals without Ewing. Guess the whole concept's that they'll play harder knowing they can't rely on their superstar teammate.