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Sunday, June 06, 2021

Play the miss

Forget despair. I'm not talking about that. Everyone understands that despair is worse than useless. What I'm talking about is a refusal to hope, which is entirely different. And the problem with a refusal to hope is this: you will not be in a position to act or take advantage of the situation in the event that things happen to break your way.

I've played soccer for a long time. Although it's been literal decades since I was a goal-a-game striker, I still score more often than I'm usually expected to, both in practice and in games, mostly due to my decades of experience in front of goal. And what primarily distinguishes the sort of scorer known as a fox-in-the-box is a form of anticipation.
The less experienced striker will always focus on the defender's actions. And when he's at a proximity disadvantage, he assumes that the defender, or the keeper, is going to succeed whatever it is that he intends to do. So, the striker slows down if he sees he can't get there in time to contest the ball, or if he's more aggressive, he moves toward where he expects the defender to move the ball or to block off a passing lane.
You can often identify a dangerous scorer when a striker looks as if he's lazy, or perhaps even a little bit retarded. As the defender clears the ball, he runs right past, looking almost as if he doesn't know what just happened. When the goalie leaps in the air to grab a high ball, he doesn't jump, or even try to get in the goalie's way. When his teammate shoots on goal, he doesn't run toward the action, but diagonally, away from the action and outside the posts.
It often looks clueless, but what the striker is actually doing is assuming that the other player is going to make a mistake and he is acting as if the other player isn't even there. If the defender misses or mishits the ball, the striker will run right onto it. If the goalie misjudges the height of the ball, the striker will have the ball in front of an empty net. If the shot is deflected, the striker will be in a position to get the rebound and possibly an easy shot on a wide-open net.
About seven years ago, I scored the goal that won the league championship for my team when a midfielder fired a fast diagonal pass on the ground toward the right corner of the 18-yard box. There wasn't much time left and the grass was wet, so instead of cutting left inside the last defender, which would have allowed me to have the first crack at the ball at the cost of a difficult first touch that would also bring me closer to the other defenders, I just ran toward where the ball would be if the defender didn't manage to block it and hoped that he would miss it, knowing that the wet grass was going to make the ball slide faster than normal. He slid to intercept it, as I knew he would, but he didn't quite manage to get a foot on the ball, (or on me, since I jumped as he slid to avoid getting taken out) which left me one-on-one with the goalie. The goalie was already coming out and moving to right, so I simply hit a low shot to the left with my first touch. Goal. Game. Championship.
When you don't play the miss, you're usually not in a position to take advantage of it when it happens. This is why you should always utilize hopium rather than deride it, even though you know perfectly well how low the percentages are. Because even if the percentages of a miss are low, the percentages of scoring when there is a miss are very, very high.

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Blogger John Rockwell June 06, 2021 9:13 AM  

The Resurrection requires us to have hope no matter what. As much as the avoidance of Despair.

If the resurrection and all that it entails is still in the future. Then why not take that chance?

Why not sail the distant seas even when there is a high chance of death?

Why not invent and so forth?

Perhaps this is the true motive force of the Faustian Nature of Europe.

As much as the ruling European culture's origin on the Steppe as Indo-Europeans which itself encouraged said Faustian Heroism.

Blogger RobertDWood June 06, 2021 9:30 AM  

And the opposition will make mistakes. Killing Jesus was an unforced error and it's the same opposition.

Thiss is a very good write up, that k you

Blogger Raker_T June 06, 2021 9:37 AM  

I guess airsoft guns are a big thing now, probably replaced paintball. The young men around here have epic games, this weekend is no exception. Their cousins came from out of state. They haven't started today's battles yet, so while some of them were sitting in the living room, i read this post to them. Good stuff, thank you sir.

Blogger By My Greybeard! June 06, 2021 9:54 AM  

Vox,
This is perhaps the best general advice post I have ever read!

I'm not exaggerating that praise, either.

This is the “base rule” or “level 0 rule” of all engagement in conflict.

As you have said not practicing this rule will leave you out of position when striving to win — but it isn't taught and no one mentions it.

All hope is in Christ, but He has said to be of good cheer b/c He has everything well-in-hand!

Everything!

Hopeium is the medicine which keeps our countenance up, energizes us, keeps us in good cheer and away from dispair. It is a powerful drug.

Like any powerful drug, one must not freely imbibe nor partake of unmetered dosing! Take a “teaspoon” at a time and becareful of the chaser!

Glugging Hopeium by the hogsleg will leave you as drunk, lethargic, and useless as would overdoing any narcotic.

But eschewing it completely will wither your spirit and drain you of liveliness and optimism.

Hopeium-free living converts living a life to a dreary unpleasant chore! Living not b/c The Lord has created us to be servants, living Life as a joyful concert while in our work to instead living that life as if it was an endless marathon to be trudged to the tune of a joyless durge!

Thank you, again sir!

Greybeard

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 06, 2021 9:56 AM  

"Certainty of death.
Small chance of success.
What are we waiting for?"

Blogger tuberman June 06, 2021 9:58 AM  

>> When you don't play the miss, you're usually not in a position to take advantage of it when it happens. This is why you should always utilize hopium rather than deride it, even though you know perfectly well how low the percentages are. Because even if the percentages of a miss are low, the percentages of scoring when there is a miss are very, very high.

Also, what if the 'defenders' are constantly acting odd and strange in numerous ways, as in some times doing the optimal defense, but other times they don't seem to have control of the 'ball?'

Blogger Daniel June 06, 2021 10:03 AM  

Thiz is good stuff

Blogger JD Curtis June 06, 2021 10:04 AM  

Re: Franco Harris and the 'Immaculate Reception'..

"He (Harris) was a star of the popular Super Bowl commercial last winter before his "Immaculate Reception" was named the No. 1 play in NFL history.

That stunning, game-ending catch-and-run still resonates deeply 47 years later. The Steelers only beat the Oakland Raiders for the first playoff victory in franchise history because Harris picked off a wildly deflected pass just before it hit the turf, then sprinted half the field for a touchdown..

Lessons from Penn State, Immaculate Reception stay with Franco Harris decades later..

"The connection and legacy of Penn State is something that will be with me forever. Just being a graduate of Penn State and people you meet across the world. It's a connection that changed my life ..."

But the man certainly has enjoyed a renaissance of popularity in conjunction with the NFL's grand anniversary. He was a star of the popular Super Bowl commercial last winter before his "Immaculate Reception" was named the No. 1 play in NFL history.

That stunning, game-ending catch-and-run still resonates deeply 47 years later. The Steelers only beat the Oakland Raiders for the first playoff victory in franchise history because Harris picked off a wildly deflected pass just before it hit the turf, then sprinted half the field for a touchdown.

'Go to the ball!'
Harris said he feels honored that the play still sends a message: "No matter how hopeless something appears ... you don’t ever give up. Anything can happen."

He was a rookie back then, just finished with college a couple of hours to the East.

He says the Immaculate Reception never would have happened if not for Penn State. Paterno's words were ingrained in him, like it or not.

"Go to the ball! Go to the ball!"

"I know it’s hard to believe that was in my head," Harris said this week. "That's one thing that I did when I first went to practice with the Steelers. When you hear things like that as a (college) player it kind of just goes through you. ... But when I got to the next level it was, 'What are the things I need to do now that will make me better, than can make a difference?'"

Harris said he feels honored that the play still sends a message: "No matter how hopeless something appears ... you don’t ever give up.'

Video of the Immaculate Reception

Blogger wreckage June 06, 2021 10:04 AM  

What's the difference between someone who's stupid optimistic and someone who anticipates the opening and scores?
Nothing. They're the same person doing the same thing.
Refusing to hope is for eunuchs and damsels.

Blogger Firewire June 06, 2021 10:17 AM  

This is why many European political parties run shadow governments when they are out of power. Instead of needing months to come up to speed when their opponents stumble,they have people and programs ready to instantly put into effect.

You can't beat something with nothing,even if their something is laughably weak.

Thus Seattle still has a Democrat mayor.

Blogger Firewire June 06, 2021 10:18 AM  

This is why many European political parties run shadow governments when they are out of power. Instead of needing months to come up to speed when their opponents stumble,they have people and programs ready to instantly put into effect.

You can't beat something with nothing,even if their something is laughably weak.

Thus Seattle still has a Democrat mayor.

Blogger Bill Henry June 06, 2021 10:21 AM  

Very well said Vox...

I was listening the other day to Doug Wilson, a pastor from Moscow Idaho. He was talking about God's exuberance for life. Very compelling. We should all model that.

Always have exuberance for life.

It is Godly.

Blogger Didas Kalos June 06, 2021 10:24 AM  

Apostle Paul has something to say about this. 2 Corinthians 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Blogger nbfdmd June 06, 2021 10:34 AM  

I agree with VD's point, but I have trouble putting faith in specifically Trump. DeSantis has demonstrated far more commitment and ability to actually fight.

Blogger Benzega June 06, 2021 10:39 AM  

"This is why you should always utilize hopium rather than deride it".

The rejection of hope is symptomatic of inexperience with failure generally. In choosing to hope, you will be victorious, or you will develop scar tissue and gain the information necessary to adapt. Your position is strengthened regardless. Blackpilling, despair and the rejection of hope (direct or indirect) is always evil, and never excusable on the basis of the odds involved.

Blogger crash June 06, 2021 10:49 AM  

If you weren't there, he would hit it. It's a self fulfilling issue. His brain simply can't compute the fact that someone is playing outside the expected program.
His subconscious overloads, his brain blue screens. He becomes a typical incompetent person.
People can't do the simplest things right, under the expected conditions. They buckle when faced with the unexpected.
He likely complained later "what was he even doing there?", unable to grasp that you weren't there by accident.

Blogger Shane Bradman June 06, 2021 11:13 AM  

You can't win a high stakes poker game unless you sometimes play like a complete retard and imagine that you're going to get dealt the right card, even if it's mathematically unlikely. You can't win Mahjong unless you have a long term plan, and the occasional hell-wait that nobody in their right mind would hope for. It's irrational and stupid, and maybe it will cost you big time, but if it pays off it's an unbelievable success.

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 06, 2021 11:17 AM  

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

Blogger lowercaseb June 06, 2021 11:20 AM  

This is why I read every day for the past six years.

If you're a GenXer, you know damn well that setbacks occur, the hero makes mistakes and gets his butt kicked. The secret is that they get back up again, learn from their mistake and start fighting again...smarter this time.

They also know that they will win, because evil is lazy and prideful. They assume that if they will win just because...and refuse to adapt until they are out of power.

The enemy is revealed themselves and is flailing after their "victory." They overcommitted themselves and have no plan for occupation afterward. The bed-wetters from the Trump threads want us to crawl away from the field for various reasons.

They're more than welcome to...go purity spiral under the rocks where they can lick their festering wounded egos. They are useless.

I'm getting up and kicking evil in the dick.



Blogger kerdasi amaq June 06, 2021 11:26 AM  

Malcolm McDonald, the Alan Shearer of the 1970's, would approve.

Blogger Cappuccinobear June 06, 2021 11:30 AM  

Every once in awhile, someone offers advice that makes me question more than a few of my thoughts, words, and actions throughout life.

Thanks for the free, yet priceless reminders and advice Vox.

Blogger TW9 June 06, 2021 11:31 AM  

'Soccer was invented by European ladies to keep them busy while their husbands did the cooking.' - Hank Hill

Blogger mh01701@gmail.com June 06, 2021 11:38 AM  

thank you Vox,
always have hope, no matter what, always hope, how else could we live without it?

Blogger Uncompliant June 06, 2021 11:40 AM  

Hope is important and necessary, but it must be based in realism. The analogy is excellent for any player in competitive sports. For politics and life circa 2021, not so sure.

Why? The analogy is premised on a world of rules that are known, respected and enforced. In politics, that sort of world died decades ago, killed off by globalhomo which wrapped itself in the skin suit of the dead order. For 2021, as an apt analogy for politics, the story is incomplete. This is how it would go: the player began to celebrate the winning goal, but almost immediately, the Officials nullified the goal based on oppression and the other team's feelings of victimization, marginalization and voicelessness. Honoring the sport's diversity, inclusion and equity mandates, the Officials granted the victim team reparations in the form of five no-goaltender penalty kicks. The victim team missed 3, but still won by two points. The media reported that the crowd cheered spontaneously and wildly for the victors.

Playing for the miss is not a good tactic or strategy in a world without rules or where the rules are made and changed at will by our enemies. Pres. Trump tried this in 2020.

For sure, we must be ready to exploit the mistakes of our enemies. But, to what end? What are WE trying to accomplish? In sportsball, because there are rules, the goal is simple: score a goal. In politics and life, it's not so simple anymore. The jokers that raised money for AOC's grandmother think they played for the miss and scored a goal. They did not.

It is easy for our enemies to exploit our mistakes since their goal is the destruction of everything true, good and beautiful. So, we take the obverse? We exploit their mistakes by seeking the destruction of everything false, evil and ugly?

Blogger tdcommenter June 06, 2021 11:42 AM  

This actually describes what the Prometheans have been doing to the civilized West. The West's responses have gone from "proportionate" to merciful to downright useless. What is the cost of getting caught when the parents & relatives of the murdered go out their way to forgive unrepentant murderers & rapists?

Between the low consequences & the number of disposable ticket takers, they are always pressing.

Blogger Linda Fox June 06, 2021 11:54 AM  

A large part of winning is preparing to win - to take advantage of your enemy's mistakes.
And, they WILL make mistakes.

Blogger Laughingdog June 06, 2021 11:54 AM  

Yeah.

This one is getting printed out and put on the wall.

Blogger markregan June 06, 2021 12:11 PM  

I assume you played at Bucknell then, Vox?

Blogger VD June 06, 2021 12:17 PM  

I really wish I had. My biggest sports mistake was listening to my track coach and focusing on track year round instead of playing soccer in the fall.

D1 coaches do not like their athletes to play multiple sports.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 06, 2021 12:19 PM  

The only problem with the all is lost scenario is that the enemy is running around like a crazy person.

They've lost their nerve. Confusion has entered their minds. As AC says, nothing makes sense.

With the Fauci emails, this is bigger than any leak in history. Bigger than the Pentagon Papers.

How could this have happened if everything was back to globalist normal.

You don't know how lucky you have it. I grew up in a house knowing these things, but never able to see how we could even make a dent in anything.

I knew how Col. House was when I was 6 years old. I knew what the CFR and TC were before GI Joe was my main go to. Only thing we didn't know was how we could ever win.

Whine about how Trump didn't do everything you wanted, but this much is true: he robbed the enemy of their usual cool efficiency and omnipotence. He ripped their nerve right out of them.

And now they've "won".

We'll see what happens. Personally I'm loving life for many reasons, no matter what happens. Roll in the mud of despair all you want.

Blogger Unknown June 06, 2021 12:31 PM  

Thanks.

Blogger Unknown June 06, 2021 12:35 PM  

Unless you want to criticize Israel.

Blogger lowercaseb June 06, 2021 12:45 PM  

Uncompliant wrote:In sportsball, because there are rules, the goal is simple: score a goal. In politics and life, it's not so simple anymore.

Sportsball...

Every Single Time.

Be careful your vape smoke doesn't trigger your asthma...but thanks for the advice.

Blogger Mauldication Bear June 06, 2021 1:06 PM  

Well put, Vox. Thanks for the perspective.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume June 06, 2021 1:43 PM  

"Sportsball"

Is there any other word that makes me want to punch someone in the face so strongly? I don't know of one.

And well said, Stg58/Animal Mother, regarding the aftermath of Trump. If he did anything right, he showed us how the enemy is vulnerable and how to exploit their weakness.

Blogger hysteropotmos June 06, 2021 1:48 PM  

For some of us, eternity in the Shire is a more disturbing thought than facing the dark hordes, win or lose. I want to play, and thus I want to play to win. Hope is powerful, and antidote to the venom of despair. Playing the miss is a requisite for playing to win, when the other team looks bigger. I would rather lose hoping for the spectacular than not play at all. And I fully expect to win.

Blogger sammibandit June 06, 2021 1:55 PM  

This is a great application of hope and knowing your enemy. I was never as good a striker but my best assists played out similarly. I'd count on wind or the defense being unable to spring to the ball. I could always count on my team mate being closer to the net so I'd shoot them a pass and because the defense and goalie were unprepared 95% of the time my team mate would score.

Blogger Canadian Warlord June 06, 2021 1:56 PM  

The more cash is involved in sports, likely the more crooked it is. But interest staying high on the local and amateur sports level shows that the major leagues can destroy all they want, 'own' all they think they can - people will still entertain themselves in ways that they can test the limits of risk, raw talent, and dedicated practice. The more a team drills and acts in sync, the more coordinated they will be on the field. And playing the miss is what every street hockey kid plays like, even though coaches say "don't cherry pick." Coaches play percentages - but every player going towards the goal partially expects the defence to panic and make a mistake. The aggressive instinct of the hunt?

Blogger kerdasi amaq June 06, 2021 2:02 PM  

The biggest losers, who were run over by the Trump Train, were Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. With Joe Biden, becoming President, the normal order of things has been restored to the American political system, or so, the swamp critters believe.

It'll be interesting to see what political forces have been released by The Donald for the next twelve years.

Blogger teemac June 06, 2021 2:07 PM  

vox, that is about as well put as you could get it.

Blogger Peter June 06, 2021 2:33 PM  

That happens a lot in chess, too. At least with human players.

Blogger VD June 06, 2021 2:33 PM  

The aggressive instinct of the hunt?

More likely it's because in hockey, you can't really stop, but have to go past the defender anyhow. It's also possible that I picked up the habit from hockey, since I played it for six or seven years.

Blogger wreckage June 06, 2021 2:33 PM  

@24 If there are no rules it is not sport but war, and in war playing the miss is even more critical to success. I am glad that I, metaphorically the sleeping dog on the porch of this intellectual clubhouse, could clear that up for you.

Blogger rumpole5 June 06, 2021 2:41 PM  

Bravo! Great post.

Blogger Thomas James Foster June 06, 2021 2:45 PM  

Your understanding and description of the striker is great; the classic number nine.

Blogger Azimus June 06, 2021 2:55 PM  

I think that in the long run, the gift that sports gives to humanity is that it is full of metaphors for life. This is a particularly adept one.

Blogger sammibandit June 06, 2021 3:29 PM  

There wasn't much time left and the grass was wet, so instead of cutting left inside the last defender, which would have allowed me to have the first crack at the ball at the cost of a difficult first touch that would also bring me closer to the other defenders, I just ran toward where the ball would be if the defender didn't manage to block it and hoped that he would miss it, knowing that the wet grass was going to make the ball slide faster than normal.
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More likely it's because in hockey, you can't really stop, but have to go past the defender anyhow. It's also possible that I picked up the habit from hockey, since I played it for six or seven years.

In the bolded statement I thought I saw the mind of a hockey player at work. It wasn't until you followed up that it was confirmed. Your natural athleticism never ceases to amaze.

The ride never ends like the puck doesn't stop. Great post on a Sunday to edify what God gives us.

Blogger MichaelJMaier June 06, 2021 3:29 PM  

Stg58/Animal Mother wrote:The only problem with the all is lost scenario is that the enemy is running around like a crazy person.

They've lost their nerve. Confusion has entered their minds. As AC says, nothing makes sense.

With the Fauci emails, this is bigger than any leak in history. Bigger than the Pentagon Papers.

How could this have happened if everything was back to globalist normal.

You don't know how lucky you have it. I grew up in a house knowing these things, but never able to see how we could even make a dent in anything.

I knew how Col. House was when I was 6 years old. I knew what the CFR and TC were before GI Joe was my main go to. Only thing we didn't know was how we could ever win.

Whine about how Trump didn't do everything you wanted, but this much is true: he robbed the enemy of their usual cool efficiency and omnipotence. He ripped their nerve right out of them.

And now they've "won".

We'll see what happens. Personally I'm loving life for many reasons, no matter what happens. Roll in the mud of despair all you want.


That's exactly why I know that the idea of Trump being "A PTB Plant" is total bullshit. He MOCKED them. They don't have the heart to ever allow themselves to be mocked, let alone set someone up to do it intentionally for four years.

Trump may have been blackmailed / coerced / whatever. But he was never part of any plan on The Swamp's part.

Blogger Taignobias June 06, 2021 3:31 PM  

Jesus told the tale of the virgin, who among many awaited the passage of the groom. But while others went away to refill their lamps and just generally nap, she waited and watched.

She alone, of all those who once stood by her, was ready when the groom passed by. She alone was taken into the feast.

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning, my brothers.

Blogger RedJack June 06, 2021 3:42 PM  

Animal mother.

As a married man, I NEVER look at what is said but how they act.

There are more forces in play. I suspect the Prometheans are losing the narrative. For instance, the vid was supposed to be the WORST THING EVER! Here in the midwest, we stopped playing the game (before Texas, which being Texas gets the press).

Remember, they are resorting to brides to get people to take the jab. Gates, Fauci, and others are being thrown on the fire to stave off... something.

We are heading into the next act, and it appears that the actors on the stage are not aware of the script.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia June 06, 2021 3:48 PM  

VD wrote
...the problem with a refusal to hope is this: you will not be in a position to act or take advantage of the situation in the event that things happen to break your way...


Sometimes it's about acting -- and sometimes it's about NOT acting to let things break for your team the right way.

This happened in a ManU game this year where the great Bruno Fernandes, was just below the restraining arc, and a Luke Shaw grass cutting square pass came whizzing toward him. The average player would have thought -- "Perfect, I'm right at the top of the box, I'll just one time it into goal."

But not Bruno. Because he knew, being the 'effin' great Bruno Fernandes, that all the defenders would collapse on him, he didn't do the obvious. Instead, he anticipated the "miss" -- that he would get all the attention, and instead dummied the ball through to a wide open Mason Greenwood on his right, unmarked, who buried the shot near post -- because the keeper too, had his eyes on Bruno.

It was sheer brilliance, but the announcers at the time, and the analysts in the studio later completely missed what Bruno had done!! He didn't even get an assist, because he never touched the ball, but the goal was just as rightly his as Mason Greenwood's.

Minimize your mistakes, but anticipate, then maximize, the mistakes of your opponents. A good principle in life as in soccer.

Blogger mgh June 06, 2021 3:51 PM  

Exactly what Auburn did in the famous 2013 ending against Alabama. They played the miss, sending out the fast guy to outrun everyone in case the field goal was missed. Many an unlikely outcome was the result of preparation, not luck.

Blogger Hugh Jass PhD June 06, 2021 3:52 PM  

That is brilliant. And it helps me summarize one of my observations.

A good striker has lots of hopium.
A good defenders has very little.

Blogger Ahărôwn June 06, 2021 3:56 PM  

Well said, Vox. Thank you.

Blogger xevious2030 June 06, 2021 4:06 PM  

“When you don't play the miss, you're usually not in a position to take advantage of it when it happens.”

There is a narrative going on. It means the enemy’s position of strength depends on a fabrication. Figuring that out, is the beginning to actually figuring out how to defeat them rather than only play a part in their story. It is, in Matrix terms, when you get flushed and have been picked up. Time for the electric shock acupuncture to get rid of the mental atrophy. Then learn. Then fight in an actually meaningful way. Hope? There is actually a chance now. Of course hope.

Blogger GAHCindy June 06, 2021 4:08 PM  

"Playing for the miss is not a good tactic or strategy in a world without rules or where the rules are made and changed at will by our enemies. Pres. Trump tried this in 2020."

You dummy. The rules are God's, we call them "reality", and they will assert themselves no matter how unaware the Enemy seems to be of the fact. This is a self-refereeing game. Just get into position and be ready.

Blogger jkmack June 06, 2021 4:15 PM  

This post reminds me of Mark Spitznagle's concept of the roundabout in Dao of Capital, and Taleb' Antifragile, profiting from disorder. In that positioning for lower probability outcomes that provide extremely high probability and high magnitude opportunities is a peoven viable method to operate. And more rarely used due to its' lack of sufficient edification to the ego.

Blogger captainofthegate June 06, 2021 4:55 PM  

‘Twas an ancient virtue in times of earls and warriors. Maintain hope, even in the face of certain death. [The Wanderer]

Blogger VD June 06, 2021 5:09 PM  

In the bolded statement I thought I saw the mind of a hockey player at work. It wasn't until you followed up that it was confirmed.

A lot of tactics can be usefully gleaned from other sports. One thing I've learned from the way cornerbacks play football when defending on the wing is to "chuck" the opposing wing just before he's about to make a run. It disrupts his first step and never, ever gets called because you do it before the ball gets passed and the ref is looking at the ball in the center of the field.

The first team's star midfielder even picked it up and started using it himself after experiencing how effective it was against him in a scrimmage one day.

Blogger Damelon Brinn June 06, 2021 5:13 PM  

I agree with VD's point, but I have trouble putting faith in specifically Trump.

How did you get from "play the miss" to "put your faith specifically in Trump"? To me, "play the miss" with regard to Trump means keep an eye on him and be ready to help if he strikes in the right direction. You can still be doing your own thing that doesn't depend on him. "Play the miss" doesn't mean just go stand by the goal and have faith that someone else will kick it to you, after all.

And if you don't like Trump or don't think he has any more tricks in him, then "play the miss" for you means watch for opportunities to score because our enemies screwed up. They're screwing up a lot, so that should keep us all busy.

Blogger Damelon Brinn June 06, 2021 5:32 PM  

That's exactly why I know that the idea of Trump being "A PTB Plant" is total bullshit.

Anyone who says that is simply gaslighting, trying to convince you your memory is lying to you. There are plenty of reasons to be disappointed in Trump, but the idea that he was an establishment plant all along is silly.

They're terrified of Trump because he's the one man who still, right now, despite the way he mishandled everything since the election, could lead a counter-revolution and threaten all their plans. As Jack Amok said in one of these threads, we need new Gen-X leaders to really do it right, but they aren't on the scene yet, so the only direct threat the Prometheans can see is Trump. That's why they're desperate to chip away at his support, even after months of his doing nothing.

If he gets actively back in the game, it will draw their attention to him even more, which should inspire them to make more mistakes, and could make it easier for others on the Right to organize and find leadership while the enemy is looking away.

Blogger The Observer June 06, 2021 6:22 PM  

Thank you. This came at a time when I needed it, and I fully admit to being someone not possessed of the strongest mental fortitude.

Blogger Daniel Heneghan June 06, 2021 7:03 PM  

Good exposition. You would be a good sportswriter.

Someday take a shot at writing about hockey, make the sport watchable for me.

Blogger Bigger Bunyip June 06, 2021 7:38 PM  

Related: play like they aren't there.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 06, 2021 8:23 PM  

I've been here a while

Blogger Unknown June 06, 2021 8:33 PM  

@24 Realism is trash because it ends up blinding you to very real possibilities by focusing solely on a very narrow view of reality that is prone to manipulation via normalcy bias.

Always hope and play the miss.

Blogger Dewave June 06, 2021 9:11 PM  

Playing the miss is particularly important if you are losing. If you are losing and play conservatively, you will continue to lose. If you are losing and want to win, you will need to take risks and seize opportunities.

Blogger Unknown June 06, 2021 10:05 PM  

If sports hadn't replaced nationalism, we wouldn't have these problems to begin with. Hating the out-group has been weaponized by the West's enemies into Team Red v Team Blue. It's part of bread and circuses.

Blogger teemac June 07, 2021 12:24 AM  

i know a guy who played the miss while running from third to home and broke the catchers arm. but that was a little over the top.

Blogger Avalanche June 07, 2021 8:05 AM  

@24"The analogy is premised on a world of rules that are known, respected and enforced."

Oh, that explains why, throughout history, 2nd Gen Warfare NEVER worked! And why assassins never succeed and why guerilla warfare is useless!

Are you suggesting that "someone" needs to be writing and enforcing RULES."

Playing for the miss is not a good tactic or strategy in a world without rules

You mean -- if 'we' put our guys into place with arms and preps AHEAD of antifa showing up to burn down towns, it would always fail? If our preps were: go fight, and then stand around waiting for the suborned cops to arrest us, then yeah; but that's not playing the miss -- that's playing BY THE ENEMY'S rules!

Currently the enemy OWNS many of the battlespaces. So, they have most of their team standing in front of the goal -- and running headlong into them is NOT playing the miss; it's participating in the set-up!

If, on the other hand. we prepped by identifying and GUARDING our escape routes, making sure not to bring cellies, being masked and 'unmarked': no fancy sunglasses, no patches on your black jackets, 'plain-old' sneakers and the like. Then, the "miss" would be our enemy showed up ready for an unguarded battlespace -- and found a guardian force in place!

Alas, that 'we' don't do that... but we could!

Blogger mrxsecrets June 07, 2021 10:07 AM  


100% agree... when soccer made its way to main street So. Florida in the early to mid 70's my father, who was given the task of coaching us even though he never played or even watched soccer, went to the library and checked out the three books they had about the game. After reading the books he gave me a soccer ball and told me I was not allowed to touch it with my hands or my right (natural) foot. When the season began, I was one of three kids in the whole city who could play the ball with their left foot. He then coached me to be the last man on the left wing in the offensive zone. I can't remember how many goals I scored as the ball made it's way through 14 players and onto my left foot. Success breeds success and I've been playing the miss ever since..

Blogger SirHamster June 07, 2021 4:06 PM  

KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia wrote:But not Bruno. Because he knew, being the 'effin' great Bruno Fernandes, that all the defenders would collapse on him, he didn't do the obvious. Instead, he anticipated the "miss" -- that he would get all the attention, and instead dummied the ball through to a wide open Mason Greenwood on his right, unmarked, who buried the shot near post -- because the keeper too, had his eyes on Bruno.

Damelon Brinn wrote:They're terrified of Trump because he's the one man who still, right now, despite the way he mishandled everything since the election, could lead a counter-revolution and threaten all their plans. As Jack Amok said in one of these threads, we need new Gen-X leaders to really do it right, but they aren't on the scene yet, so the only direct threat the Prometheans can see is Trump. That's why they're desperate to chip away at his support, even after months of his doing nothing.

A Trump "miss" may be far more important than a Trump win.

Build your nation. Let your enemies out themselves. Keep your eyes on the prize. Play like Trump ain't there.

Blogger John Rockwell June 08, 2021 1:41 AM  

@Avalanche

The only rules is Divine Law and the only true consequences are cause and effect and Divine Judgment.

Blogger John Rockwell June 08, 2021 1:43 AM  

@Azimus

Both sports and many video games involve approximations of conflict so by definition it is good metaphors for life.

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