You won’t read about it much here – because I really don’t write about it – but your intrepid blogger happens to be a bit of a basketball fan.
So when reading about the Neuroscience of Choking, I couldn’t help but think of LeBron James and the Miami Heat (perhaps because they are mentioned directly in the article), and the situation they have found themselves in: heading into Boston for an elimination game this evening.
They’re going to lose.
Not because Boston is the better team (they aren’t). Not because their star player is going to disappear at key moments in the game (though he will). But because, above and beyond all this, they’re piling extra pressure on the situation.
It’s more important, because it’s Boston. Because it’s in Boston. Because it’s an elimination game. And so on.
It seems like the stupidest strategy in sports: take a star who tends to wilt under pressure, and add as much pressure as possible, from as many angles as possible.
Foolish? I think so.
I guess we’ll find out in the morning.