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Davisl's blog
 
1 week to go till WC 2009
3/5/2009 3:13:06 PM
 
We are almost there folks. The moment that the hardest core AH players dream about. The 2009 World Championships in Las Vegas. I think competing in this Championship means a lot to me because we missed out on the Texas US Open last Fall. I was really hyped up for that event, and then when it didn't happen, it makes you realize how few opportunities there are for the highest level of competition.

Looking back on how I've improved, I'm happy the US Open didn't happen. I don't think that I'm anywhere close to being as prepared as I am for this upcoming tourney. I wouldn't say there are any monumental improvements, but even if it's only 7-10%, that may mean the difference in an even match with another top player. I would also say that I've gained confidence in new drifts and combos, and when to utilize which. It's sort of like a manager figuring out how to stack his bullpen, and which ones to use at the proper time.

I've been analyzing for the past year what I could do better at this year's tournament to improve upon my finish, or hopefully win it. My opponents that defeated me clearly outplayed me, but here are things overall that I could do better.

I imposed a lot of pressure on myself to perform last year. It is rare that an athlete can simply lift his performance to an ultra high level without the proper preparation. More common is that an athlete's performance will slip a little bit under the microscope, and that is why they train so hard, so when they slip, that level is still very high. Also, there were some high intensity matches being played, and I got sucked into the hype of thinking I had to have an intense demeanor to compete. I'm the opposite, I play better when it looks like I'm about to fall asleep. Anytime I've gotten in trouble the past year, I've just told myself to relax and execute, and that seems to do the trick. I'm focusing on executing on each possession this year, and the rest can take care of itself.

By simply executing and not worrying about monkeys on my back, the game will be more fun. I WILL NOT TURN MYSELF INTO A HEADCASE THIS YEAR. Just play and have fun.

I'm ready, and I'm not taking anyone for granted. Will you be ready to give me your best? I hope so, those are the challenges we are all looking forward to.

Blog History
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
Anthony Marino 26 Jun 2009
Post WC 16 Apr 2009
1 week to go till WC 2009 05 Mar 2009
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#11 Tim Weissman 20 Jan 2009
#13 Travis Luscombe 26 Sep 2008
#14 Mike Thomas 26 Sep 2008
#15 Joe Cain 01 Sep 2008
#16 Nick Geoffroy 01 Sep 2008
#17 Updated Geoff Oidtman 01 Sep 2008
#17 Goran Mitic 11 Aug 2008
#18 Mark Robbins 11 Aug 2008
#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