…might be about physical courage. But there are many other forms of bravery. As Nelson Mandela said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” (Who would know better than Madiba?)
In sports and all other forms of competition, people perform best when the game is close. Which is why big magic happens at the end of games, like on-sides kicks retrieved followed by 30 second touchdown drives. But when the contest is decidedly in one opponent’s favor, neither side acts with the same effort.