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 Post subject: Evaluating Character
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:22 pm 
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One of my pet peeves is when fans/media act as if athletic performance is a reflection of character. So much of what determines success on the playing field is just plain dumb luck. My point is emphasized this football season by Tony Romo and Eli Manning. Eli - who played very well this year - found himself on a floundering team with a bad defense and his team fell apart down the stretch. Romo, a favorite whipping boy despite his remarkable career, finds himself on a team getting hot. So, is Eli now a choke artist, low character coward and Romo is now a tough as nails cool customer? Of course not.
Sometimes guys do everything right in terms of preparation and still can lose. The other team is playing too. McNabb and Jim Kelly are good examples as well. They survive the ultra-pressure of Conference Championships, but "choke" in the Super Bowl? Very silly.


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