Sorry I haven't had my usual biweekly update but I've been busy and the like and a little sick so I just haven't had any good trains of thought lately. Today I watched my alma mater and University team the University of Saskatchewan Huskies win the mens basketball national championships. This is actually the first time my team has taken the title and it was sweet for a few reasons. First off the team had won 16 of the last 17 and was on a twelve game win streak but only ranked fifth in the nation going into nationals even though they defeat the UBC Thunderbirds for the Canada West title who were ranked in the top 3 all season and number one for awhile. It wasn't hard to see who the best team was however as in all three national games the boys took 20, 12 and 15 point leads into the half.
What also made it better was our point guard Showron Glover who was the leading scorer in the CIS this year who didn't win the player of the year award(which he should have) showed up the guy from UBC who did win big time. Showron had 27 pts, 9 assists, and 7 steals. He is a big time player as were all our boys today. It was also sweet to see my buddy and old roommie from my college days Clint win a Nat. gold with his brother also on the team and their dad Art in attendance win. They are all great guys and deserve this win. Below is a link to the highlight reel from TSN.
So this got me to thinking how did these guys get there. Skill alone never can win you a national title. And this got me thinking as to what else makes champions a topic I wrote on earlier. Part of being the best is being surrounded by the best. People who push you to the extreme. And if you look at any high stakes player they have surrounded themselves by the best on their way up the ranks. It was well known that Phil Ivey, Daniel N, Mike M and many others used to travel around to tournies and push each other to be better. This is why me and Zimab get along so well, we are able to push each other but we also try and surround each other with the best possible people and players who can help further our game.
So I hope this thought spurs you guys on to help surround yourself with the best people you can, and being apart of Poker Curious is a great step. We have many great players and resources for all of us to take advantage of to help further our games. Be apart of the forums and get involved. Even write a blog, it will help keep you honest about what is going on in your game. All things considered being involved will take you farther than you would ever believe.