Before you read this, I have to clarify that the only way I tripped and stumbled onto a Drew Sharp column was because I was listening to Karsch and Anderson and they mentioned this quote specifically:
"Yeah, yeah, I get it. Competitors compete regardless of the stakes. I asked Smith which scenario he would prefer: a 4-0 exhibition season with a guaranteed loss in the regular-season opener in New Orleans or an 0-4 exhibition season with a guaranteed victory in the opener?
He said he would take the 4-0 exhibition season, believing that success -- regardless of its artificiality -- creates separation between a new year and an old nightmare."
Oh, kinda like how last year started, right?