The Corner

Agony of Defeat

For Detroit sports fans, this has been the year of near misses. In the spring, both the Red Wings and the Pistons finished their regular seasons with the best records in hockey and basketball. That doesn’t always translate into playoff success, of course, but it was reasonable to think that one of them would do something special. But both came up short. Next came the Tigers–a magical, unforgetable season and playoffs, but a single step away from true greatness. And now the Michigan Wolverines–a very good second-half comeback today, but a touchdown shy of what they really needed. I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t trade my teams for any in America. Not even the lowly Lions. May they beat the Dolphins on Thanksgiving.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.