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By Jeanette Lee
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July: Getting a Break
July 2009
Q. I'm not one to brag, but I've been playing awesome for the last few weeks. But now, it seems that other players in my league think I am a sandbagger ... which I'm totally not. I'm just getting every break, roll, whatever. Is there a way I can stop other teams from thinking I'm kind of sort of cheating?
Chris D.; Oakland, Calif.

A. If you truly aren't sandbagging, and you are confident of this, then you should trust that your "breaks and rolls" will run their course, and the players in your league will see your true game again. What people think is not what you should be worried about when it comes to this. There are a lot of critics in this game, and you will never please all of them. You can only trust yourself and your own integrity. And if you are truly acting in good conscience, then take peace from that. But looking at the other side of this, perhaps you have improved in the last few weeks and really are better than you said. This doesn't necessarily mean that you are or have been sandbagging, but you just might have underestimated yourself. People make mistakes. Either way, be honest with yourself, do your best and always act with integrity. If you do this, people will have a tough time criticizing you.