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In Their Heads: Is Jimmie Johnson Really Winning the Mind Games?

I remember back in the early 1990s when the Chicago Bulls were winning everything, the body language on some of these players told the story better than the game recaps on ESPN. It is tough to walk out on the court, the field or track with swagger when at the end of the day, you’re getting beat by the same guy. Jimmie Johnson is that guy and he knows that. In fact this is exactly what he wanted, to be in his competitors heads. "Man, I've always wanted to be that guy that frustrated the field, frustrated the garage area. I was fortunate enough to watch [Dale] Earnhardt do that during his run and [Jeff] Gordon during his” Johnson said. The question remains, is it really working? Or does what Johnson calls mind games, others see as...

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