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As playoffs open, here come the Sun

Updated: August 17, 2006, 9:49 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- As children we learn that if at first you don't succeed, just try, try again.

Of course, purposeful perseverance is easy to applaud when it involves learning to ride a bike or hit a free throw. As adults, dogged determination in the face of constant setbacks eventually becomes less a charming story and more a potential punch line. As nice as it would be to live by the words of Grantland Rice, it appears it really does matter to us if you win or lose, no matter ...

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