Thursday, July 20, 2006

competing

There's similar examples in boxing but I see the same things during poker sometimes. When playing someone heads-up (1 on 1) I usually find it easy to beat someone who's cautious and afraid of making a mistake. They're easy to read and when they eventually make a mistake I can take advantage of it, assuming I have the patience to keep my cool until they blink first.

The harder opponents to play are the ones not afraid of losing and play a little crazy. Not only are they harder to read, when you think that you're in a slightly better spot you've got to be able to put your entire stack on the line. In the long run, you might still have an advantage over such players but the swings you experience and the resulting hits to your confidence will be significant.

To be a championship player, or a championship team, you've got to be able to endure those swings and be prepared to put it all on the line each time. If you're a team like liverpool, arsenal and Man U, you often don't know how teams like Bolton, Leicester, Blackburn will play you. They might play cautious football and pack it into their own half or they might gamble and go for the win as if their premiership survival was at stake. The big clubs will still win more often than not, but the mental state of the players after they've gone a goal down against these clubs, or after they've lost a match they should have won really determines whether they can challenge for trophies in the long run.

I don't think i'm anywhere close to that mental state of mind. It will be impossibly hard to give my all and put everything on the line while consistently enduring failure after failure that you can't seem to comprehend.

Cheers to David Duval for his work ethic and dedication to the game. You're a great role model for people aspiring to be great.

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