Know how to win

Published: Friday, January 28, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 10:01 p.m.
There is an intangible asset that champions have. It is an ability to remain focused no matter what the pressure.
They take chances others wouldn't dare. They often risk losing it all to get the win. Simply put, some people know how to win.
In the NFL, the New England Patriots are an excellent example. They just know how to win. They have an intangible that allows them to defeat teams that seemingly should crush them.
What can you learn from the New England Patriots and other great champions? Become a flexible player. It means being able to play faster or slower depending upon the situation.
It means throwing away tiles sometimes that you might want to keep. It means using that S for a play of less than 20 points if it gives you a chance to make more your next turn. Ultimately, it means to have a game plan when you enter a match, but be able to change that approach if needed.
Winners do this. The best players have done all of the preparation. They have studied all of the lists and have played hundreds of matches. What separates them from the rest is their ability to adapt to the game they are playing.
Each match follows its own unique path. Champions approach each match with a road map for success. What makes them special is that if their map doesn't match the path they are on, they throw it away.
This flexibility puts them on the path to victory. It is another example of how some people just know how to win.
  • GAINESVILLE CLUB: Ralph King, 3-0, 371; Geeke Lossing, 3-0, 354; Jeff Cooley, 2-1, 379; Derek Lyons, 2-1, 376; Guerry Smith, 2-1, 367; Chris Medved, 2-1, 329; Ray Vunkannon, 2-1, 310; high series, Cooley, 1,136; high game, Cooley, 474; high play, Smith, 86(surmise).
  • LAKE AREA CLUB: Ellen Blottman, 3-0, 366; Irene Van Sise, 2-1, 342; high series, Blottman, 1,098; high game, Blottman, 400; high play, Van Sise, 85 (pointer).
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