|You really have to respect a guy that keeps beating people or nearly beating people, even when they pass the age of 80 or 90. Unfortunately, I've had to learn to respect Robbins the hard way. He's had so many match points on me the past several years that I've lost count. Somehow, I've managed to escape them all, with the help of the AH gods. Two of the match points popped in and out.
After all this, he is one guy that I can have some good naturedly fun with and not be worried that he will go all sensitive on me. I chide him about his age and everything else, supermotivates him, and he almost beats me. That's our story. Being left handed helps him as well.
Oh yeah, and he's still got a pretty darn good offense. Transition overs, cuts, crosses, time delay unders. His defense is kinda gimmicky and based on timing, but if you can't crack the safe, then it's tough to score on him.
Besides admiring him for being a 2-time World Champion, I believe his commentary is spot on. When I listen to his commentary during my matches, he still has a deep understanding about all the nuances, and what is turning the tide. Mark Robbins will outlive and outplay all of us.