Shattered dreams

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  1. Fedorgasm

    Fedorgasm Silver Belt

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    No, this thread is not about Golddust's finishing move. It's for sharing your stories of the dreams of people in your lives being shattered.

    I'll start. (cliffs at bottom, you lazy bastards)

    My father-in-law, who is a super nice guy, was apparently a stud golfer when he was young, but marriage, kids, and a pretty severe back injury forced him to focus on other priorities.

    Fast forward 30 years or so, and he starts to get back into it. He dominates local competition in the seniors division so he starts entering any tournament within reasonable driving distance. I don't know how amateur golf works but apparently he wins enough of them that he gets an invite to a tournament that can land him a spot on the PGA senior tour if he does well.

    So here he is in his 50's, with a second shot to make his dreams come true. A lot of the competitors there are guys that he's beaten before, so we're all pretty confident.

    And what does he do? He gets up to the first tee and shanks it right into the trees. His next shot is even worse, and the next, and the next. At one point he turns to his daughter and lifts his hand, "I can't stop my hand from shaking."

    She tries to get him to do some deep breaths and calm down, but he continues to play terribly. Once he was far enough behind that he had no shot at placing in the top half, then he was able to calm down and get his swing back and finish out strong, but it was too late. The pressure just got to him and he choked.

    The following year everyone was encouraging him to get back out there and earn another shot, but he wasn't doing as well in the small tourneys. It was like he was defeated mentally, which is like the worst thing that can happen to you in golf. Then he started to have back problems again, and could only manage to play sporadically, on good days when he wasn't in too much pain.

    This was years ago and he's been just a sporadic golfer since. And every year his back gets a little worse and he gets a little older. We all held out hope that he'd be able to make another run at it, but it's becoming obvious to all of us now that he'll never get another shot.

    A few years later his business failed and he went through some major financial troubles. Today, and no, I'm not kidding, he works as a janitor, and probably will continue to do so until his back finally gives out completely and he can't work at all anymore.

    I feel so bad for the guy every time I see him.

    cliffs:
    1. Awesome golfer never gets shot to turn pro when young
    2. Gets 2nd chance to turn pro when he's old
    3. Completely chokes. Utter humiliation
    4. Never recovered mentally, now works as janitor



    Anyone got shattered dreams stories? Share 'em!
     
  2. dc007

    dc007 mr. white belt

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    Jesus that's rough.
     
  3. LionExMachina

    LionExMachina There are No Pacts between Lions and Sherdogs. Banned

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    Can't share. Too painful.

    Some day though..... There HAS to be a black man who climbs atop the world of curling....Some day....

    But that day will never be mine....








    (Smh)
     
  4. ThinkGreen

    ThinkGreen Der Übermensch

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    That sucks. I'm sure he could get over the mental block if he worked at it.
     
  5. Here's one...

    Baby Jay got run out of the WW division not once but twice (first by GSP then Rory);
    He got run out of the LW division (by Frankie); and
    He got run out of the FW division (by Frankie)

    Within 12 months of returning from ACL surgery, GSP defended his title as many times as Baby Jay did throughout his entire career.
    Prior to UFC 94 Baby Jay asked "GSP, what legacy?" Now he knows.

    Prior to UFC 94 Baby Jay asked "GSP, what legacy?"
    Then he was defeated 4x by natural 145 pounders while Georges went on to triple Penn's title defenses and the number of title fights he won at LW

    The fact is, Baby Jay only won 11 fights at LW, never won more than 3 fights in a row in the UFC, and lost in his own weight class 3 times to natural 145 pounders. That says a lot.

    The last time Baby Jay tied his all-time best UFC win streak of 3 fights in a row was over 7 years ago! Baby Jay's entire career has been inconsistent. He has never strung together more than 3 wins in a row throughout his entire UFC career dating back to 2001.

    Here’s a synopsis of his winning percentage since returning to the UFC in 2006:
    Won 6 of his last 15 fights for a win percentage of .400!

    Won 3 of his last 10 fights for a win percentage of .300!

    Won 1 of his last 7 fights for a win percentage of .143!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Kühle Hand Luke

    Kühle Hand Luke Mr. Cool Hand Luke Ice

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    i have dreams like this, generally about baseball and golf.
     
  7. 22k

    22k ベルセルク Yellow Card

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    Tonycpa, if he isn't ejaculating GSP stats, he's ejaculating BJ Penn's.
     
  8. DoctorTaco

    DoctorTaco Breadhead

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    Decided to take an ammy mma fight, got matched up against a guy of comparable experience.

    Dude backed out day of the fight. I was ready to go so agreed to fight the last minute replacement.

    Dude was 8" shorter and a HS wrestling coach. Lost 27-30 via dry humping in front of my teammates and friends.

    Never fought again
     
  9. Da Speeit

    Da Speeit Plutonium Belt Platinum Member

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    One of the greatest sherdog posters ever
     
  10. LionExMachina

    LionExMachina There are No Pacts between Lions and Sherdogs. Banned

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    Wow....
    Just gonna run to the cold beer and wine store before I settle into this thread.
     
  11. HelloJapan

    HelloJapan Talking loud and saying nothing. Platinum Member

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    Had a chance, couldn't cut it, be greatful for that chance, now has a job where he can get baked and check out sweet asses all day. First world problems.
     
  12. ventrue

    ventrue <img src="http://i52.tinypic.com/245zjwo.gif"> Platinum Member

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    Not gonna lie, this was a real tearjerker.

    Kind of reminds me of the movie, "The Last Emporer". That sucks, TS. Man, I wish he could have made it on the Senior Tour.
     
  13. bandicoot

    bandicoot Silver Belt

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    Stopped reading after that.
     
  14. Jellis31

    Jellis31 Green Belt

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    Thought that's what this thread was about. Was disappointed.
     
  15. Fedorgasm

    Fedorgasm Silver Belt

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    LOL are you talking about me?
     
  16. bandicoot

    bandicoot Silver Belt

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    LOL no. Shattered dreams.
     
  17. Anung Un Rama

    Anung Un Rama Idol of Millions Platinum Member

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    The Gold Dust move?
     
  18. Jellis31

    Jellis31 Green Belt

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    Shattered Dream*

    Gosh people still can't even get it right.:rolleyes:
     
  19. Fedorgasm

    Fedorgasm Silver Belt

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    Ah, that makes more sense. Not familiar with him though. Perhaps I'll do a search later.
     

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