For apparently not caring about the win, The Souls sure are good at competition. This is the problem with underdog stories: We know that team spirit is supposed to be the important point, but it's hard to buy that if we all still expect the longshot team to win. But let's take The View from Saturday on its own terms: Sure, The Souls want to win. They'll even practice on Saturday and challenge the judges. But they do it with such grace that you almost can't even tell that you're getting your behind kicked.
According to Konigsburg, The Souls would have been a team whether they competed in the Bowl or not.
The View from Saturday suggests that The Souls' major competition happens before they even get to the championship match.