Today I wanna talk to you about details.
In Tennessee Titans lore, Kevin Dyson is known for 2 things (And they both happened in January 2000):
- Running back the Music City Miracle in the Playoffs to forever torture Wade Phillips and Bills fans everywhere.
- Getting tackled one yard away from the game tying touchdown in Super Bowl XXXIV.
What you may not be aware of is “The Tackle” that ended the Titans Super Bowl hopes at the 1 yard line should never have even happened.
On that final play Kevin Dyson was lined up wide right behind Frank Wycheck.
Wycheck was meant to threaten the end zone, pulling the pursuing LB’er with him, while Dyson was supposed to run a skinny post with his break inside coming at 9 yards.
Dyson instead broke to the inside at 6 yards (3 yard shorter than he was supposed to), giving Mike Jones just enough time to tackle him one yard short.
Years later I watched an interview with my first bona-fide sports Hero Steve “Air” McNair where they were asking him about that final play:
“The break was supposed to come at 9 yards. I don’t know why he cut it short. He would have been able to walk into the end zone.”
McNair shook his head back and forth as he said the words, still in disbelief that his team fell one yard short.
They can make or break legacies in all competitive endeavors and poker’s no different.
What makes poker an amazing game is that the elite pros do not get any additional information than what you have to work with.
They’re just able to see that information in much finer detail.
Anytime you face a bet and don’t put much stock in the sizing your opponent used, you just overlooked a critical detail.
When you make a bet and choose a random sizing simply because it “feels right”, you’re lacking the awareness to zoom in to see the finer details of the hand you’re playing.
Observing and being mindful of the smallest of details can be the difference between transcending your current level of play or staying exactly where you’re at until the end of time.
The problem might already be apparent to you: It’s exceptionally hard for you to gain awareness of the things you’re missing all by yourself.
You simply can’t know what you don’t know.
This is the where 1:1 private coaching gives you massive value over the course of your poker journey.
You gain awareness of details you’re routinely missing so that you can make an effort to plug those hidden leaks. Without that awareness, you’ll just keep making the same detail oriented mistakes again and again.
If you’d like to apply for private 1:1 coaching so that I can guide you in discovering and plugging your detail oriented mistakes, here’s your link to schedule a free 30 minute consult:
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you on Monday.
P.S. Kevin Dyson is also known for one more thing in my mind:
He’s the only WR (Taken by the Tennessee Titans) taken in the 1998 draft before another guy you’ve read about in this newsletter:
Oh, what might have been…