Crio’s Question: Who missed their moment?

I have never been a chess player but, like most people, I understand the game as a byword for strategy – the calculation of risk/reward and the mental strength to outwit an opponent.

“Who dares, wins” is a rather simplistic cliché that can be used to justify recklessness (believe me I have seen it too often with punters!).

But it is surely true that to win sometimes involves risking loss….in sport, in love, in finance. Choosing the moment is the key.

Cricket critics are this morning dumbfounded by the draw played out between South Africa and India, with both captains being accused of fearing loss more than chancing victory.

What do others think of their decisions?…and are there other moments when athletes, to their cost, failed to “seize the day”?


  1. The (nameless) Almanac editor/s who forgot to tick the ‘allow comments’ box on Crio’s posts. Some questions just defy simple answers.
    The Dockers were great in 2014, but the day certainly seized them in the end.
    Phillip Hughes has had more second chances than me (and that’s saying something), but in India and England his feet still resolutely refused to move. Unlike St Mitch.
    Sean Tait – remember him? I read recently that he was making a comeback for the T20 World Cup in 201x? Be still my beating heart. He does look like Eric Bana. Is there a stunt double future for our Sean?

  2. There’s a suspicion that Jose and Arsene Wenger were content with 0-0 this morning

  3. Peter_B
    I still remember Sean Tait in a test at Perth, fastest bowler we’ve seen since Tommo, Got tossed the ball and didn’t want to bowl….at PERTH. I’m still dumbfounded.

    On another note, failing to seize the day, how about Selwood…all of them, ducking the chutney instead of going for it…makes me feel sick that I didn’t think of doing it years before

  4. 1989 NRL Grand Final. Balmain lead 12-2 against Canberra at half time, then lead 12-8 when coach Warren Ryan decided to defend the lead rather than look to keep scoring. He replaced ball playing prop Steve Roach with tackling paddle pop lion/Chad Kroger lookalike Kevin Hardwick, then as the match tying try was being scored, he replaced another attacking forward in Paul Sironen with ultra defensive minded (and ill disciplined) Michael Pobjie. By the time Pobjie was replaced at half time of extra time by Pom Shaun Edwards, game was just about gone even though it was only 15-14 to Canberra.

  5. The Kiwi America’s Cup team this year missed their chance, what 5 times?

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