Talking to some other teachers who joined me at the event, the feeling was mutual. While all of us are pretty mild-mannered, we all confessed that we're secretly super competitive...which is why we choose to never compete so as not to become too angry when things don't go our way. Perhaps that's why we chose education in the first place; ideally there's shouldn't be much competition in this job. In theory, everyone should be able to put together great programs for students...and while there might be some healthy mini-competitions between friends, there'd be nothing that would result in broken doors, body-checks, or cracked hockey sticks.
But beyond us in the audience, I was forced to wonder what "competition" actually is. Is a good competitor someone that easily becomes angry...or someone that takes it all in stride? As a society, we want our athletes to be super-competitive...yet never win, nor never celebrate. We want them to put 110% effort in and then immediately become gentlemen with suits and ties on afterwards. We want to see them try to kill their opponents...and then shake hands afterwards. None of those are things I can do (that's why I like running...long distances...by myself) which is why I would if competition is healthy or not.