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Sports Teams...Come From Behind

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Sports Teams...Come From Behind Reply with quote

One of the things that fascinates me in sports is a come from behind victory or even just a catch up.

I see say a basketball team, leading in a quarter by 16 or 20 points, and then just as easily the opposing team catches up. I would have to say, though I am not a voracious spectator of NBA games, I have seen a few, and it seems that the general case is for teams to close gaps rather than widen them...though the classic "blowout" occurs.

Assume that what I my observations tell me is correct...or that it even happens regularly. I ask myself how. It would seem to me that a team that leads would simply compound its pattern and increase its lead using the same technique that put it in front to begin with.

You may say -- well, that other team figures them out and then defends. Yes, ok, but then that should make the teams even, but the initial difference would remain.

Other factors could be tiredness. The winning team bursts with energy but slows down. I guess so...but it seems that pro teams are designed to last a whole game...with substitutions and so on.

I don't have an answer. I wonder if perhaps there is something about humans, because of our group behavior, where we naturally let other people "catch up" to us if we are the leaders. What is the point in a group of being so advanced the others cannot follow or compete? Therefore, the winners/leaders may play back to let the losers close the gap. This is not something you'd want in pro sports...but maybe it's happening unconsciously.
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