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Must Forget the Past
6/27/2008 11:29:32 AM
To have a brighter future.

I admit it. I've done what 8 billion people have done throughout the course of mankind. I had some success and thought I had it all figured out. This was around 2007, after winning the World Championship. Then I got body slammed back down to earth by Wil and Billy at the IL State, and then again by Wil and Tim at the US Open. Then a really bad tournament for me at the 2008 WC. These losses have really helped me realize that there is a very thin line between winning and losing at the highest level. If you don't bring your A game and your opponent is on, there is a great chance of losing.

Right now, I'm trying to figure out how to make sure that I bring my best game to every tournament. It's not a hard question to figure out. If you practice perfection on the table, once you step up to the table in a pressure situation, it will be second nature. When you're not in good practice, handling the pressure, having the natural instinct on what to do, how to react, isn't second nature. Finding the time to test out my skill on competition is tough in my area. That's probably the toughest obstacle at the moment.

Why am I feeling good at the moment? Because I don't really remember when I won last year, and that's a good thing. I want to go in hungry, feeling like the underdog. I think I need to feel this edge to bring out the best in my game. I am hoping not to make the same mistakes. Losing has really honed my game, and made it razor sharp on offense at the moment. I still need to find my defense, and continue to get better at it. Defense wins championships.

I want to win many championships, but the key will be for me to focus on one game, one point at a time to get there.

See you across the table.

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In Between 04 Jun 2012
Top 10 Shake Up 16 Nov 2011
The New World Order? 16 Nov 2011
Most Grueling Match 22 Feb 2011
World Champion Again, Really? 07 Feb 2011
Been Distracted on Way to 2nd Title 07 Feb 2011
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Post WC 16 Apr 2009
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#16 Nick Geoffroy 01 Sep 2008
#17 Updated Geoff Oidtman 01 Sep 2008
#17 Goran Mitic 11 Aug 2008
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#19 Don James, Jr. 11 Aug 2008
Top 20 Player Profile Countdown 11 Aug 2008
No one wants a piece of me 11 Aug 2008
Must Forget the Past 27 Jun 2008
Getting in Shape for the Colorado State 03 Jun 2008
2008 WC Review 20 May 2008
AHF's Nice New Features! 19 Jan 2008
Mitic Rating and Geometry 05 Jan 2008
New Year 30 Dec 2007
15 Days till 2007 US Open 20 Sep 2007
Catch up 06 Aug 2007
Charging Defenses 19 Jun 2007
Jeanne McCarthy Air Hockey League 09 Jun 2007
Blogging about Blogs 01 Jun 2007
Trophies and my AH Table 22 May 2007
Quote of the Day 19 May 2007
Illinois State/WSOP 13 May 2007
Drawing Inspiration 01 May 2007
Hunt for #1 27 Apr 2007
Still Searching 23 Apr 2007
2003 19 Apr 2007
1999-2002 19 Apr 2007
The Return 16 Apr 2007
How I Started(and ended the first time) 14 Apr 2007
A Pucker's Life 14 Apr 2007