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Old 02-06-2007, 11:10 AM   #31 (permalink)
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As much as I agree with that last post...I will add this: Crowd reaction may or may not give a fighter confidence. Most professionals ie: football,hockey,baseball etc...completley block out the crowd during gametime. Boo's can be heard, but cheers only build momentum in the WWE. If a fighter only fought with intensity when the crowd backed him, all stratagy would be thrown out the window. For example: Cote didn't rush into anything when he was boo'd, and the bears didn't play better when they were cheered.
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Old 02-06-2007, 11:47 AM   #32 (permalink)
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As much as I agree with that last post...I will add this: Crowd reaction may or may not give a fighter confidence. Most professionals ie: football,hockey,baseball etc...completley block out the crowd during gametime. Boo's can be heard, but cheers only build momentum in the WWE. If a fighter only fought with intensity when the crowd backed him, all stratagy would be thrown out the window. For example: Cote didn't rush into anything when he was boo'd, and the bears didn't play better when they were cheered.
Maybe some athletes have the mental ability to completely block out cheers\boos but over all i think they are few and far between. If even small subliminal images and sounds can cause one to make choices one normally wouldnt make, then how can massive negative/positive noise in your ears not affect you? Im not saying that when they boo/cheer you will loose you head and go completely nuts but it will definately affect the way you perform on some level.

Like i said very very few people have that ability i think...maybe the deaf guy from TUF3 could do it He was pretty cool, whatever happend to him?

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Old 02-06-2007, 12:29 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Don't get me wrong...It's not that they cannot hear the cheers/boo's. I just believe that when your seriously focused, it matters very little to a professional. I just don't belive that it affects the play/momentum of the game/match. If athletes are affected by these types of things, their career's wouldn't last long(as i'm sure it happens to some). All I mean is that the pressure of performing out weighs, fan approval/disapproval,in my expierence.
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When the fight is over, I'd rather hear a crowd cheering for their favorite fighters. The Japanese silence just seems plain weird. If the fighters circle for 1 minute and a half without throwing a single punch, they deserve what they get.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:52 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Don't get me wrong...It's not that they cannot hear the cheers/boo's. I just believe that when your seriously focused, it matters very little to a professional. I just don't belive that it affects the play/momentum of the game/match. If athletes are affected by these types of things, their career's wouldn't last long(as i'm sure it happens to some). All I mean is that the pressure of performing out weighs, fan approval/disapproval,in my expierence.
And do you think the pressure of performing can be made worse by fans booing and chanting stuff?
I have personally seen athletes, more specifically soccer players urging the fans to get behind them, i dont think they did this for no reason. Another good example would be the advantage of playing matches at home...IE home games. Why do teams win more regularly at home than away from home? If they did block everything out then it wouldnt matter where they played. The fact is that when u play home games the only physical advantage u have is maybe the exact size of the field that you are playing on and thus being more used to it than the other team. All the other advantages are things which according to you are blocked out...Namely First of all a larger amount of supporters than the visiting team, secondly a feeling of comfort arising from the fact that you are accustomed to the home ground's atmosphere and this list goes on. All these things add to your performance.

Another thing i can say is that a sportsperson focuses more on blocking out fan noise when its negative than when its positive. And you could also go into the question of whether, regardless of you being a pro or not, some brain power is consumed in the "blockin-out" process, which might also marginally inhibit ur performance. So negative crowd noise is never good.
But positive cheers on the other hand dont need to be blocked out. They tell the athlete he is doing good, generally speeking. Why should he block something making him confident, when winning is 90% confidence? Sportsmen feed off of positive crowd noise.

Basically if fans are cheering you, its a fact that you will do better than when they are booing you. Maybe only marginally better...but it definately has an effect and over a long period of time small changes accumulate and result in steady evolution.

Anyway i like your points.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:54 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:29 PM   #38 (permalink)
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it is such a weird thing..i was upset with the boo's the other night also, but then again i was upset with the quality of the card also..it was boring. If I had of paid 100's of dollars for a seat I might have voiced my displeasure also. I am not sure the UFC rules aren't somewhat to blame, maybe there are too many now and it is smothering the excitement? not sure what it is...just seems every time I tune in lately I am let down.
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