*This post was inspired by the Pater's post on competitiveness.
There is something timelessly beautiful about the early fall in the south. It is my favorite time of year. The sweltering heat abates, the tourists go home and the gardens are still blooming. It's the time of year your 20 min bike ride home from work takes over and hour as you meander through your neighborhood. It's the time of year you blow off studying to go play football with your friends in the park. That's where it gets tricky.
There are, in my humble experience, two types of park football players: the ones who play for fun and the ones who play to win. The ones who play for fun may or may not actually play a whole game. They may or may not change which tree is the end zone (because they can't remember) or where the sidelines are. They are much more likely to end up in a pile laughing until their sides are splitting and quitting the field in search of pizza and beer.
Winners will have the field marked off (possibly with chalk) and won't forget. Winners will have some way of keeping time and score. Winners will walk off the field sore and either elated or defeated as they go in search of pizza and beer.
Both of these types enjoy themselves, they're having fun. If there was an objective way to measure it, I'd say that they're having the same amount of fun. The point of the game for these two groups is completely different. Funners just want to hang out, catch up with friends and maybe run around a little. Most of their time is spent talking, even while they're playing. Winners are there to achieve a goal, personal or team. They still share camaraderie, but the focus is on the game and not the social aspect.
I've played with both, a bonus of living within walking distance of a major park in Chucktown. I loved playing with both, depending on my mood (and how my knee was feeling). As long as they don't play together everything is fine. Funners get confused and hurt when Winners don't want to play and Winners get frustrated and annoyed that Funners didn't come to play. There are so many ways you can use that word.
Personally, the better I am at something the less competitive I am about it. I can have a great time with the pressure on or off and either winning or losing as long as the rest of the group is having fun as well. When people get pissy or frustrated it's time to walk away.
So, minions, what kind of 'player' are you?