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Remainder by Tom McCarthy
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Jun 09, 11

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"This was good advice. You could see the ones who got the balls in breaking their movements into segments, really concentrating on each one. It wasn't that they took more time than the ones who missed - rather that they made the same amount of time expand. That's what all good sportsmen do : fill time up with space. That's what sprinters are doing when they run a hundred metres in less than ten seconds: they're expanding every second, every half-second, as though the moment were a cylinder around them and they were pushing its edges outwards so it takes in more track, more for them to run down before they reach the second's edge. A boxer who can duck, feint, twist and lunge before his opponent ever sees him move, or a batsman who can calmly read, decode and play the swing and bounce of the hurtling ball: they're filling time up with space too."
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