Will Carlin

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Will’s World Peer Power

By Will Carlin We all want to belong. Perhaps in high school no one feels totally comfortable; I was no exception. I loved learning. It almost didn’t matter the topic; if there were a great teacher, the subject automatically became interesting. I did lots of the extra reading, and I sometimes met with faculty members after school […]

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Will’s World One More Point

By Will Carlin I was hurting. Badly. It was a summer tournament, and it was hot. My soaked shirt clung to my torso, and the grip of my racquet was so slippery that I was having trouble keeping it from twisting in my hand. My shoes were beginning to squish as my sweat had saturated […]

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Will’s World Seven Faults

By Will Carlin In the fall of 1962, John McPhee got a phone call from his father. McPhee was not yet the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer he would later become; in fact, he had not yet written his first book. McPhee’s father, on the other hand, was already retired from his career as a physician to college athletes, mostly at Princeton University. He knew athletic talent […]

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Will’s World Two of a Kind

By Will Carlin Amr Shabana was walking away from me. The Maestro, as he is called by PSA Squash TV commentators Joey Barrington and Paul Johnson, had just won the semifinals of the 2014 Tournament of Champions, and I was supposed to jump on court and interview him after his win over James Willstrop, but he was too quick and he was already off court and […]

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Will Carlin’s Experience With Being Hit

At the request of Randy Kahn in the Southwest SRA, Will Carlin was asked to write an open letter to their membership two years after he suffered a devastating eye injury in court. Below is an edited (for length) reprint of that letter: October 20, 1994 As many of you know, in May 1992, I was […]

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Will’s World The Simpson Paradox

By Will Carlin Nicolas Mueller is the best Swiss squash player ever. This past April, he became Switzerland’s highest-ranked player ever (No. 20 in the world) and, a week later, won his seventh consecutive Swiss National Championship. In 2013, he had wins over Ong Beng Hee, Marwan Elshorbagy, Tom Richards, and Arturo Salazar. He played Amr Shabana three times, Gregory Gaultier twice and Ramy Ashour once, […]

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Will’s World 37 Days

By Will Carlin In May of 2009, a Google engineer named Matt Cutts sat at his desk and had an inspiration. By itself, this wasn’t odd; after all, Cutts was a specialist in explaining the nuances of Google’s search engine to web­masters around the world. But this one was different. For some time, Cutts had […]

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Will’s World Go Mental

By Will Carlin The target for competitive shooters is incredibly small. The fifty meter rifle target has a diameter roughly equal to the length of a dollar bill. The 10-point bull’s-eye is 10.4mm wide (a dime, by contrast, has a diameter of 17.9mm). It’s tiny. Match scores are the cumulative scores of a certain number […]

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Will’s World Underdogs

By Will Carlin My opponent was simply better. That’s why I was down 1-0 in the finals of the then-called MSRA (now NY Squash) Boys 18 & Under division. I had lost the first game 15-8, but, to be honest, it hadn’t been that close. During the break, my pro at the Heights Casino, Baird […]