Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, January 19, 2009

Icing the ankle and watching basketball


While I've been icing my ankle/foot, I've also been watching a DVD of the KU-Memphis NCAA Champs game from last year. Maybe some good feelings from watching the game will help heal my ankle? That'd be nice.

Of course, the highlight for a Kansas fan is the 3-point shot that sent the game to overtime:

One of the interesting things about the video clip is how the Kansas players got set up in a defense immediately. Clearly they were thinking about the next play (and clearly they were thinking - slow Memphis enough that they can't get the ball up the court for a good shot and don't foul).

The Kansas coach apparently emphasizes that idea - "think about the next play."

Getting back to orienteering, "think about the next play" is a lot like "orienteer 100 meters in the future."

Here's another parallel between basketball and orienteering from the Lawrence newspaper. The story is about college basketball, but I edited the quote to make it about orienteering...

Some orienteers are too consumed with making excuses for why they boomed a control. They are too busy flapping their jaws about the map, the course setter, etc., to concentrate on the next control.

Others spend too much energy blaming themselves to focus fully on the next control. That disappointment feeds on itself.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 10:05 AM


Great quote. It seems so real and could have come from any orienteering race.
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