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Old 09-24-2012, 11:07 AM   #226
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Originally Posted by lawrencejin View Post
I think Ace makes a fair point. We should agree to disagree, since at the end of the day, we're only speculating and presenting our own opinions.

For example, Ace said: "...I wouldn't question a valid retrospective opinion of [Sampras]"
BP said: "I would because Sampras is clearly wrong"

To me, both statements are much stronger than what we can substantiate with evidence. Is Sampras' retrospective opinion unquestionably valid? No, as BP argued. But then, does that mean Sampras is clearly wrong? Again, no. The answer is: we don't know, so we cannot rule anything out in such a confident manner.

I wish we could somehow turn the time back and conduct an experiment: let Sampras play with a larger head, and see how many slams he wins. Since we cannot do that, we'll never know the answer... and I guess we'll continue to have entertaining, heated, and opinionated debates on this forum
I didn't mean that Sampras was clearly wrong that he couldn't have done as well or even better with a bigger racquet during his pro career. He may or may not have. What I'm saying is that his logic is clearly wrong because it's flawed logic. You can't say AFTER the fact that you would have done better if you had switched to a bigger racquet because the truth is that you just don't know. You may have done better but you may have also done worse. So it's Sampras's logic that was clearly wrong.
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