Originally Posted by long island leprechaun
I disagree. Psychology, motivation, will to win, not coming out flat... there is no doubt that teams fluctuate in regard to their edge and focus. It's more complex in team-driven sports than individual, where psychology can be absolutely the difference between winning and losing when the athletic skill level between opponents is a wash. How many fights did Ali win due to a psychological edge and unwillingness to go down? There are literally hundreds of examples on the professional level.
Motivation can lead to better execution.