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My hometown hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks, lost their last game of the season last night in a spectacular showdown with the Calgary Flames. The Canucks nearly won, in overtime, after having come back from the underdog position to score in the last five seconds of regular time. They are extraordinarily adept at almost winning, and the fans are always so crestfallen when this pattern plays itself out every season (since 1964, no less). The team, and the fans, consistently attribute this dynamic to the vagaries of the game: coaching, trades, injuries. But the source lies elsewhere, in the psychological functioning of the team.