What Is It, and do the Chiefs have it?
Webster’s definition :
1: the strength or force that something has when it is moving forward momentum. The wagon gathered/gained momentum [=it moved faster] as it rolled down the hill. The wagon lost momentum [=it moved more slowly; it slowed down] as it rolled up the hill.
2: the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes.
3: physics : the property that a moving object has due to its mass and its motion.
4: unstoppable force [as EFOX’s ex-wife rolled down the hill she continually gained momentum, becoming an unstoppable force, all due to the magic of momentum] | hoosierchief.
Understanding momentum in sports: Momentum is considered a cornerstone of physics and has been defined as the ability of an object to continue moving because of its mass and velocity (2). Now, think of a snowball rolling down a mountain side – what starts as a small, slow moving object, can easily become a forceful fast-moving and larger object that could do some real damage to anything in its way.
The concept of momentum appears ingrained in sporting culture and research evidence clearly shows that athletes’ perceptions of momentum do exist, and shift in response to gaining or losing ground in competition (1). Momentum sequences can be very brief or even roll over from one match to the next. There is also evidence to suggest that changing perceptions of momentum are linked to changes in athletes’ thoughts and feelings, which could influence performance (8). However, it should be noted that very few studies have found hard evidence to link changes in perceptions of psychological momentum with changes in performance and outcomes. | sportsperformance
“The reason momentum is so powerful is because of the heightened sense of confidence it gives us — the most important aspect of peak performance. There is a term in sport psychology known as self-efficacy, which is simply a player’s belief in his/her ability to perform a specific task or shot. Typically, a player’s success depends on this efficacy. During a momentum shift, self-efficacy is very high and players have immediate proof their ability matches the challenge.” | yahoosports
Momentum is real, you can feel it in the stadium at One Arrowhead Dr. You can feel it from your chair sitting at home. You hear announcers every day mentioning it, who’s got it, who’s gaining it, and who just lost it. Commonly referred to as a momentum shift or swing. Momentum can come and go at anytime like the swinging of a pendulum, the great teams seem to find it, hanging onto to it longer than others. One thing we do know is that momentum is fickle. It doesn’t seem to care which team has it, nor does it care if your team needs it. Now do the Chiefs currently have it going into the playoffs. It’s possible, because it can be carried over from one game to the next, from one quarter to the next, and even from one year to the next. In this season alone we have witnessed it many times, momentum being gained, lost, and switching back and forth between teams at will.
The Chiefs hope to continue their momentum that they have going, and to hopefully gain some more along the way. A big win over Pittsburgh would be a great start, a chance for the offense to gain a little, and for the defense to get back some of what it has lost, and then to carry that forward to the AFC Divisional game, and beyond.
Ask 100 people to define it, and you’ll likely get 100 different answers, but absolutely everyone who has spent any time around sports innately understands the sensation. Show people all the data you want — and it won’t compare with that tingling sensation in their gut, that adrenaline rush as a team marches down the field for a winning TD, that absolute certainty that destiny is on their side. You know momentum when you feel it.| espn
Let’s hope our Chiefs keep whatever momentum they have, and gain all the additional momentum they need. For momentum can create confidence, a positive attitude, a higher energy level and what we are all hoping for that championship swagger.