It’s official ...

Bombers ban plastic-beer-cup creature By: Melissa Martin Winnipeg Free Press With a long face and a solemn mien, Blue Bombers president Jim Bell stood before the cameras in the Blue Bomber head office and intoned the words that fun-loving fans had been dreading. The plastic-beer-cup snake is...

Enlightenment – Worl...

Just in time for the final, the 21st Floor’s World Cup special podcast.  We chatted with two psychologists, Dr Richard Lustberg and Dr Clifford Stott about some of the psychological aspects to football and big-scale sport in general.  We also have a prediction for the final from our own...

Unearthing superstit...

By Wesley Mayberry The well-known phrase “the luck of the Irish” is used throughout the country, but it’s not just the athletes from the University of Notre Dame who are affected by superstition. In fact, superstition permeates the entire sporting world. The Psychological Influence of...

Put your best foot f...

In the June 2, 2010 L.A. Times, sports columnist Bill Plaschke wrote about what he called “one of the most majestic, maddening statistics in sports:…When Phil Jackson’s teams have won the first game of a postseason series, they are 47-0 in that series.” The Celtics seemed less...

Recalling Simpler Pl...

Written by Vic Zast horseraceinsider.com One of the tragedies of progress is the passing of a way of life that accommodated etiquette and subtlety and elegance for an existence that is greedy and obvious and loud. Perspective has become a prism that no longer allows an individual to value the...

Tiger Woods a Sex Ad...

Sex Addiction Might Explain Golfer’s Many Alleged Affairs, Offer Way to Redemption abc News Reports of alleged sexual encounters in a church parking lot, after watching a Tom Hanks movie, and with two porn stars, a lingerie model and a breakfast waitress — among others —...

Changing colors: For...

By Jodie Valade CLEVELAND, Ohio — When Katie Williams recently celebrated her birthday, her parents were just as confused as she is. The first present the Ohio State cross country runner opened from them was a Buckeyes T-shirt. The second present was University of Michigan bedsheets....

Why do sports turn u...

As Yankees and Phillies fans show, games can bring out some ugliness By Ethan J. Skolnick NBCSports.com contributor Sometimes their team wins, and sometimes it loses. Sometimes they cheer. Sometimes they curse, scream, even cry. But there’s something the New York sports fans almost never...

Grappling with demon...

By Ken Berger CBSSports.com Senior Writer For reasons that we may never fully understand, Delonte West was spending one of his last days of summer vacation cruising around his home state of Maryland on a three-wheel motorcycle. In his possession was one loaded firearm for each wheel. As...

Rob Oller commentary...

By Rob Oller The decline of a rivalry is a rotten thing, which is why Ohio State should be happy to be mocked in Daytona Beach and laughed at in Orlando. Just as Coke needs Pepsi and Fox News needs CNN, the Buckeyes need Florida to fill the rivalry void momentarily vacated by Michigan, which...

What’s the fus...

Alex Rodriguez is a canvas, and we paint on him our angers, frustrations and imperfections BY RICHARD LUSTBERG February 15, 2009 The events surrounding Alex Rodriguez this past week were nothing short of a psychological feeding frenzy and pile-on. One did not have to look far to find yet...

Superstitions help a...

by Jordan Caine Filed under Sports Former NBA player Michael Jordan, widely regarded as the best basketball player of all time, religiously wore his blue University of North Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform. NBA player Mike Bibby has a superstition to match Jordan’s. Formerly a...

One-year wonders are...

Emin avakian / staff reporter As the great Earvin “Magic” Johnson once said: “You play this game to win, to have fun, and to make people happy.” With all due respect, Mr. Johnson, allow me to add the No. 1 reason: to make millions and millions of dollars. The amount of money that athletes get...

Rivalries exploited ...

BY HANNAH PURKEY Dallas Stars left wing Sean Avery is paid to be annoying. He is paid to make obnoxious comments to opposing teams and to be in all the right places to give an opponent an extra shove when the referee is not looking. Avery, along with teammates Steve Ott and, to some extent,...

Superstitions may no...

Jen Chick Issue date: 10/30/08 Ever wonder why most people say “God bless you” after someone sneezes? Well it all came from a superstition. According to legend during one of the plagues around 500 A.D., Saint Gregory I the Great ordered people to say “God bless you”...

Crew members often s...

Side gigs are helpful in alleviating NASCAR’s daily grind By Raygan Swan, NASCAR.COM Lowe’s Motor Speedway will be hosting a burnout contest later this month. However, burning out in the figurative term is a condition those in NASCAR try to avoid at all cost. Here, the key word is...

Commentary: Fan supe...

By: Connor Ramey Throw away the razors and any shred of cleanliness, it’s Stanley Cup playoff time and time for the playoff beard. The beard is a practice by players, coaches and fans to not shave until their team is eliminated from the playoffs or wins the NHL championship. The...

Hargrove might have ...

By GREG JOHNS P-I REPORTER Three days into the season, a tiny fraction of the way through a 162-game marathon, Mike Hargrove had just finished his pregame interview with the local media and was getting ready to sit down with FSN television.”I’m tired of this (blank)...

ED GRANEY: Accepting...

A diet of gunpowder and hot sauce is intended to cause ulcers, which makes the dogs more ferocious. So does starving them and sewing razor blades under their skin. There are also those training routines of more treadmill miles than someone preparing for a marathon and hanging the animal by...

Act like a human bei...

BY JOHN JEANSONNE john.jeansonne@newsday.com April 22, 2007 Buy one ticket, get the license to misbehave free. Or so a few chuckleheads at Monday’s Islanders game believed, as if the price of admission authorized them to answer tough calls against the home team by hurling bottles and...