On ‘Clutchness’

This paragraph contains a surprisingly intelligent observation considering that it’s sports reporting:

And finally, there’s Roberto Luongo, one of the league’s most talented goaltenders, but also a guy with a tendency to get blown up on the national stage. Luongo’s biggest issue is that people constantly hear he’s an elite goaltender, but when they tune in for the big games, about half the time he gets shelled. He has the appearance of not being clutch in a culture that celebrates clutchness like it’s a characteristic and not just a narrative device. That doesn’t compute.


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