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Thread: Playing With Nothing to Lose vs. Playing With Nothing to Gain

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    NOT SO FAST Playing With Nothing to Lose vs. Playing With Nothing to Gain

    I've heard the explanation that the team has been successful as of late because "they have nothing to lose, so they're playing very relaxed, without any pressure."

    For the people who believe that, I ask you: why does playing with nothing to lose inspire better play, when it's also the case that you're playing with nothing to gain?

    And if you're playing with nothing to gain, why wouldn't you play flat, with no fire, effort, or intensity?

    Please, someone explain that for me.

    There was a thread here last week that expressed concern that the team would give poor effort against Oakland, because with the loss to Dallas, the playoffs are all but out of reach.

    That concern is borne of the idea that, with nothing to gain, a team would give less effort.

    How could it also be the case that the team would play better because it has nothing to lose?

    Will the Green Bay Packers play poorly next week because they have something to lose, an undefeated season?

    Will the Denver Broncos play poorly next week because they have something to lose, the final playoff spot in the AFC?

    Does the pressure of having something to lose equal poor play?

    If it doesn't, then how can having nothing to lose equal good play?
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    I think we have played better although against mostly bad teams
    When death smiles upon you, the Infantry man smiles back. WV says Im not a patriot and Jeff Ireland is a Boss so it must be true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlockz View Post
    I think we have played better although against mostly bad teams
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    Great thread. Solid work everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shouright View Post
    Buffalo, Washington and Kc all have losing records
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    Quote Originally Posted by CedarPhin View Post
    Great thread. Solid work everyone.
    Great stuff eh?

    I suspect the position of "they're winning because they have nothing to lose and the pressure is off" isn't really defensible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shouright View Post
    Great stuff eh?

    I suspect the position of "they're winning because they have nothing to lose and the pressure is off" isn't really defensible.
    probably all kinds of reasons they are winning and plenty of reasons they started 0-7. Fact is this regime has not produced a winning team in the last three years and that is not defensable esp when Harbaugh has the Niners at 10-2 with more issues than we had.
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    Because when you play with nothing to lose there is no pressure. It's like going into any fight, the irony is the fighter who is most willing to die usually lives, it's because they've already accepted defeat and are just focused on the fight. It's when your undefeated and start thinking about other stuff is when you loose your competetive edge, just ask Tom Brady.
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    Also seriously where the f are all the haters, it's like nobody wants to talk about the Dolphins fairly. When were winning it's all sunshine and roses and when were loosing these idiots come on this board and talk about how Ireland has no idea how to run a football organization (like they do) even though he has a history of good scouting. Lets be fair people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DcDolfan420 View Post
    Because when you play with nothing to lose there is no pressure. It's like going into any fight, the irony is the fighter who is most willing to die usually lives, it's because they've already accepted defeat and are just focused on the fight. It's when your undefeated and start thinking about other stuff is when you loose your competetive edge, just ask Tom Brady.
    Why is pressure bad?

    Using your example, why is the pressure of wanting an undefeated season bad?

    Why isn't that the same pressure that motivates you to play your best and reach your goal?

    Personally, the times when I've had pressure in my life are the times I rose to the occasion and reached my goal.

    The pressure was what made me view the task at hand as a competition -- me versus whatever was between me and my goal.

    It brought out the best in me, my fire, my intensity.

    How can these professional athletes who have accomplished so much view it so differently, such that pressure is a "bad" thing for them, that they need "no pressure" to play their best?

    How is that possible?
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