Here's a bit of jockspeak that begs to be addressed. It is so wrong, but continues to exist due to our self-esteem culture. I call it Pete Rose Syndrome. Self-righteous athlete believes that good intentions trump stupid gambles.
The other night on SportsCenter, I watched a short post-game interview with a mediocre infielder known more for his scrappiness but not as much for his crappiness. Maybe he plays in the NL East, I don't remember.
When asked what the story was behind his latest bout of poor judgment, the infielder replied with confidence, "I made an aggressive mistake."
Translation: "Hey at least I tried. I'm a spaz. I can't help it."
A mistake is a mistake is a mistake. Ask Princess Di what she thinks of aggressive mistakes.
You screwed up. It doesn't matter what your motivations are. It's still a "1" under the "E" column. Now put a bowl on your head and cut your hair.