Williams's Cliche Might Be Wise Approach
In what was the final question of Gary Williams's postgame press conference Saturday night, he was asked if he felt good about his team's prospects for the rest of the season.
"I feel good today, right now," Williams said. "I feel real good. But, you know, it’s a long battle. It’s 15 games, but you never look past the next game. And not because you won’t prepare for Miami; it’s because you put everything you can into getting ready for Miami. And then after that, you go play the next game. See, if you look at the 16 games, given the fact we play Duke, Carolina twice, Miami twice, that could look really tough if you looked at it on paper; that’s really a tough schedule. But if you look at it as we have to play this next game; that’s all we have to do. That’s all we can do between now and Wednesday night is get ready for the next game. So that’s what you do. That’s how you handle it."
We've all heard this mantra countless times before from coaches and athletes from a variety of different sports. Just take it one game at a time. It's a cliche that's been around for a long, long, long time. In some cases, the people who use that particular cliche simply are operating on auto-pilot. They might mean it. They might not. But it sure sounds like the right thing to say, so why not throw it out there?
But given the composition of this season's Maryland squad and all of its apparent vulnerabilities, the one-game-at-a-time mindset would be a good idea. For this team, it's not so much a tool for remaining focussed as it is a method for survival.
Now, I'll turn the question over to you. One game into ACC play, do you all feel good about Maryland's prospects for the rest of the season?
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