I was once told by an acquaintance that a man should always try to be the best in his field. Since I partially disagree with this, since a man should be the best he can be within the context of his ability and education, I decided to challenge his point with a little satirical devil's advocacy. I responded with "Oh no! Don't you know that it's always the second mouse that gets the cheese?"
Anyway, in that light hearted vein I recommend this piece at Live Oaks.
(It certainly shows how ugly spectator sports--and by implication ordinary life--would be.)