In life, I like to think that I have been to the puppet show and seen the strings. I’m not a naive person. I have seen bad and I have seen great and much in between. While I am sure I have not seen it all or close to it, I have learned over the years that 3 things drive men and women more than anything else I have witnessed.
Inspiration, pressure and fear.
You can refer to it as motivation I suppose but just about everything we do in our lives fall into these three categories. Think about your own life and the great things you have achieved or the major fuck-ups that have resulted.
These hockey players are human, just like you. Their theater is simply on a different stage.
When you look at each of these, what do you see with this Los Angeles Kings team at this very moment before the playoffs.
It is hard to get inspired when where we are is where we are going to remain. Yes, they are professionals. However, even professionals understand that inspiration like energy comes in limited supplies. You can only muster so much and it is hard to fake it.
Pressure. Is there any? The pressure to perform is always there. We all like to think that we earn what we get. However, there is a much greater prize coming and the pressure that currently exists is to make sure nothing screws that up. The balls out style that the LA Kings play is not going to show itself until the playoffs. Now is not that time and there’s no pressure to do so now.
Fear. What happens if we lose? Not much. What happens if we don’t play well? Not much. There is very little fear driving these guys. Losing to Calgary or any of the games we have ahead are not going to affect playoff success.
The Anaheim game may be the only one that brings some of this out because it is very likely we will match up against them if we can eliminate San Jose. There will be a motivation to set a tone.
So relax. What you are seeing is human nature. It even happens to professional athletes.
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