Winning isn’t everything. But losing still sucks.
Although that might not be what some of the biggest losers in sports history would tell you.
Netflix’s new documentary series, Losers, is a celebration of getting knocked down and getting back up. Directed by Mickey Dujyz, the 8 episodes combine interviews, old news footage, and animation to recount some of the most heartbreaking moments in sports history. But rather than be all melodramatic and sad, the quirky series focuses on who these athletes became in spite of their tough breaks, and how they thrived long after the mockery and shame died down.
A personal favorite? How an English soccer (*cough* football *cough*) player getting bit in the leg by a police dog DURING A GAME actually saved his team from being relegated.
There are stories from every corner of the sports world, including the only ice skater to do a one-blade backflip but somehow didn’t get the gold, a sledge dog racer from New Hampshire, and of course, the unluckiest golfer…ever.
Dulyz has some history with animating sports stories. He’s previously worked on 30 for 30 and documentaries like The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere (he seems to have a niche). For this show, he’s tapped Augenblick Studios, who you might know from Super Jail, the Jellies, and all corners of the weird and wild internet.
We want our kids to do their best, but being a dad is all about raising our kids up, no matter what. It’s cool to see Netflix highlighting what could be the most valuable lesson any kid -or grown up- can learn in sports or otherwise. Getting knocked down does suck. But it doesn’t define you, and getting back up makes it all worth it.
Check out Losers on Netflix. It’s #TheDadApproved.