Seems to me an awful lot of time is spent on this board pissing and whining about market makers and specialists and how difficult it is to win against them, etc. etc. etc. My question is: why in the world would you choose as your competitor a pro, when the market is full of novices, neophytes, and plain old vanilla idiots who are more than willing to give you their money? Come on guys, there is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat. If what you're doing isn't working, try something else. Because you know what? There is a group of traders out there that made a lot of money, even on a day like this. And I'll guarantee you they didn't expend their energies on finding excuses for their results. They just did what they had to.