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03-20-2007, 02:07 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mahopac, NY
You can never discount group dynamics and psychological factors. Athletes have tremendous pride in their abilities and hockey players, in particular, are very much caught up in the concept of belonging to a team.
Last year, when SI picked the Rangers to finish dead last, the Rangers used that as motivation and it helped them get off to a suprisingly good start. Hurt pride carried them well into the season.
Right now, I wouldnt doubt that the Ranger players are well aware of that little roundtable with Clement, Hull, etc. and that not a single one of the commentators picked the Rangers to make the playoffs. I'm sure that has partly motivated them to perform as they have. Just a little thing, but little things give you an edge.
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