Originally Posted by kajonie
While I'm with you on this, there's a difference between simply recognising the truth and internalising it. I'm sure we've all been in situations where we were in the wrong (and we knew it), but still tried to find some justification or excuse.
It's only with a little more time/maturity/hindsight that you really realise just how wrong you were and that there wasn't anything to justify it.
I think Andy may have been in the first stage for a while (since last years USO), hopefully this loss will be the catalyst that really gets him to think about things and seriously be able to turn them around.
Like someone said, Andy still has a few winning streaks in him yet - he's only 23 so he has time to work this through.
Well, that was my point, I guess. he's being told the truth but it's either not sinking in or he's not doing the right things to rectify it, etc. But I'm convinced on an intellectual level, he is being told by John and others. They're just simply not that dumb, none of them.
This has been going on way longer than last year's USO. USO 2004 maybe!!!! It's just really really reared its head this year. He still won lots of small titles and went deep in some slams so people didn't notice the really awful losses he had, but us observant fans did and we've been talking about this since the 2004 USO and shortly thereafter.
It's nice that he's hopeful and stuff but this "I'm just gonna keep working hard hoping something good will happen" attitude is a little passive I think. Bringing his brother back really was a good thing I think, but it hasn't really come to fruition yet, and it's been several months. I think Jimmy is a bold and gutsy step, but it might be what he needs.
Ultimately, I think he knows what's wrong, and doesn't how to fix it.