In one sense, it seems like Elliott is right. For example, should a soccer player or club care about beauty, or simply victory? Many would say that the most important thing in sports is to win. Better to win ugly than lose beautifully, they claim. But why can't athletes and their teams aspire to both victory and beauty?
In the past, Arsenal Football Club became well-known for grinding out ugly 1-0 wins. "One nil to the Arsenal" is still associated with the club, but now with a deep sense of irony given the changes made in the style and quality of play since Arsene Wenger took over as manager in 1996. As an Arsenal fan, I want them to win, but I don't look forward to or enjoy their games merely for the sake of victory. I anticipate watching their games and enjoy them because of the aesthetically appealing style of play employed by the club. Even when the club goes through frustrating times, as it has recently, I love watching them play because I know I will see a form of beauty on the pitch.I appreciate the physical and tactical excellence that is on display.