Fade2White12 wrote:Your logic just seems so flawed. Since there have been so few able to do it, it must be luck. Was Bond's single season HR record luck, since no one else has been able to come close. Wilt's 100 point game? DiMaggio's streak? Untouchable records by Jordon, Gretzky, Emmit, etc? The perfect example is Brett Favre. You won't find one NFL player or reputable analyst or sports writer who will tell you his entire streak was luck, but rather toughness and diligence - attributes that aren't inherent but nurtured. The same holds true for Ripken.
I don't believe anyone is trying to argue that Ripken's streak is all
luck, however luck does play a great factor. Tom Brady had an impressive consecutive start streak of 111 games (4th best ever impressive) until Bernard Pollard came by. Brett Favre and Cal Ripken are lucky that they didn't encounter a Bernard Pollard, because if they did their streaks would have been ended also. The best physical conditioning in the world cannot stop a Bernard Pollard from ending your streak.
I'm not exactly sure about how health is considered a skill when freak accidents can occur. For example, Duaner Sanchez must be very unskillful in taxi cab accidents or he would still be pitching for the Mets. As the bumper sticker in Forrest Gump says, "**** happens." Some us of might be lucky
enough to avoid it, as did Ripken.
I suggest you look back to the posts that indicated it was "pure luck."
Is it really that hard to understand that health involves both skill and luck? Ripken was not JUST lucky. His behavior made sure that little injuries did not become big ones. His ability to concentrate beyond pain meant he was still able to perform well even when injured.
Certainly, he was lucky that he was not in an auto accident.
He was also skillful in making sure that he avoided any of the number of the long-term repetitive injuries that typically plague players because they do not exhibit the same training methods he (and many other players did).
Look across seasons. There are some players that frequently get injured and others that frequently play nearly every game.
Is that all luck? Or are some players better at conditioning themselves for the season than others?
Do you pick injury prone players in fantasy drafts figuring that the last few years they were just "unlucky"?
Or do you recognize that some players are more likely to be healthy than others? Unless you simply assume that those healthy players are purely blessed with genetic health (and I think any honest appraisal of health shows behavior is at least as important if not more important than genes), than you must admit that some of these players are more skillful in staying healthy.
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