"The harder they cry, the higher they place."
There's one guy that we always burst into theatrical sobs whenever we see him, because he's always boo-hooing about his food or the terrible mishaps that befell him during the cook.
I get being realistic about your product, but the most I want to say anymore is either "the [meat name here] just didn't have it today" or "we gave ourselves a chance" because damn, it seems either way I'll be proven wrong!
Don't practice until you get it right; practice until you can't get it wrong.
Don't overthink or undercook.
700 Club, Grand Champion Sam's Regional Las Vegas 2015 -- 702.8576
180 Brisket -- Sam's Club, Salt Lake City, UT 2014
180 Chicken -- The Great Vegas Gridiron Grill-Off, Las Vegas, NV 2014
180 Chicken -- Sam's Club National, Bentonville, AR 2013
Rhythm 'n QUE