Brains Count: Belichick and Patriots Win Today Feb05

Brains Count: Belich...

After reading a ton this week about the Super Bowl and related articles I have come away emboldened.  I have not read or heard a thing I did not know. What does that mean? Maybe the writers and pundits are not so smart as they are the experts and if I can figure it out… well you can draw your...

The Super Bowl Psychology-Bigger Than All Feb05

The Super Bowl Psych...

The Super Bowl has become such an important event in our society that it has taken on the stature of many of our religious and national holidays and has become embedded in our family traditions. As a stand-alone two week event it seems bigger than any religious holiday– and well it...

Odell Beckham Jr. What Needs To Be Done Jan13

Odell Beckham Jr. Wh...

Odell Beckham Jr. has struggled emotionally since he came to the Giants three seasons ago. At the tender age of 24 Beckham as many are saying is still young and he surely has room for growth, maturity and further development on and off the field. .  Don’t we all? There is no reason not to...

Giants Lay Egg In Green Bay-Predictable Jan08

Giants Lay Egg In Gr...

All week long I heard and read about how when the Giants get into the playoffs they are a dangerous team.  Memories of 2007 and 2011 were being thrown about like disposable diapers. Well they were disposable diapers as the Giants put up a stinker against Green Bay! First, memories are just...

NFL Week 6 Can’...

Week 6 Can’t Miss NFL Picks Been asked to do it so… At The Psychology of Sports We Like The Bills over the 49ers (Rex Ryan lives another season?) The Eagles over the Redskins (These two teams were rebuilding?) The Titans over the Browns The Ravens over the Giants (A near must win for...

Petyon Manning Retirement Talk Takes On Presidential Importance Feb13

Petyon Manning Retir...

Is Peyton Manning retiring or is he going to come back? Only Peyton Manning knows for sure although it seems that his professional career is as important to some of us as it is to Manning. My goodness what is all the fuss about? More media space and or thought has been given to Manning’s...

Why Super Bowl Game ...

If I were other coaches, players, organizations, or fans after watching what was a dreadfully played Super Bowl by both the Panthers and the Broncos I would be feeling really good this morning. I saw two flawed and incomplete teams make it to the Super Bowl. I saw the Broncos with absolutely...

Browns Should Have Taken Vontae Mack Over Johnny Manziel Feb05

Browns Should Have T...

One of the major tenants of psychology is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior unfortunately that research finding was not taken into account when the Cleveland Brown’s drafted Johnny Manziel. They surely should have taken a page out of Sonny Weaver’s play book who was...

NFL Coaching Vacancies Information Needed Jan10

NFL Coaching Vacanci...

After the firing of so many NFL head coaches on Black Monday immediate speculation began about who would fill the new head coaching openings. And rampant speculation continues—for good reason. Rumors play important roles in our psychological and emotional lives–so much so that we cannot...

Rex Ryan Manic To The Core Jan02

Rex Ryan Manic To Th...

Brash, bombastic and full of bluster Rex Ryan marched into Buffalo much the way he marched into Jet land and the NFL coaching fraternity and once again proclaimed that there was a new sheriff in town. Predictably proclamations followed, predictions were incessant, taunts were common and with...

Chip Kelly, RGIII, T...

In this audio segment of the Psychology of Sports Dr. Lustberg discusses what Chip Kelly has brought to the NFL, the status of RG3, Colin Kaepernick, why the Giants are out of touch and his thoughts about why people are prematurely anointed status to those who did not deserve it....

New York Giants Majo...

http://psychologyofsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Psychology-of-Sports-Giants.mp3 The New York Giants are at an end of an era. The Coughlin-Manning and possibly Reese era is coming to an end The Giants are a loyal organization who values loyalty and continuity appreciates what Coughlin...

Jason Pierre-Paul As...

All that Jason Pierre-Paul proved by his ill-fated July 4th fireworks accident is that he is as dumb as the rest of us. That is there are times in everyone’s life when they do something stupid, dumb, less than enhancing, (add anything you want here) and JPP had one of those moments. It cost...

Tom Brady: 10 Things About Deflategate Desperation Cheating- More May24

Tom Brady: 10 Things...

1-Tom Brady cheated because he probably had been doing it for quite some time and had not been caught. 2-Given the talent Brady has there is no reason for him to cheat. Why did he cheat? 3-It suggests a mindset that cheating is condoned within the organization which from all reports it is....

Picking the Super Bo...

Anyone who has a decent knowledge of sports or even life for that matter can figure out what it takes to win. It is just doing it that is hard!! Using the Super Bowl as an example. 1-Off field preparation is paramount this includes both physical and mental preparation 2-The team that executes...

Deflate Gate: Belichick and Brady In the Cross Hairs Jan24

Deflate Gate: Belich...

There is no way around the fact that the Patriots violated the rules if they under inflated the balls. There is no condoning or excusing it if in fact they did it!!  And at this point it is not clear that they did. I could certainly see how teams that were beaten by the Patriots would be very...

Ray Rice: More Attention Needs To Be Paid To The Victims Sep15

Ray Rice: More Atten...

The outrage over Ray Rice’s behaviors has brought renewed national attention to the abuse of women-as it should. To date the focus has been mostly on Rice, and now Roger Goodell is being scrutinized for his handling of the Rice affair, as well as several other players who have committed...

Johnny Manziel: All Is Up For Discussion Aug11

Johnny Manziel: All ...

I recently wrote an article which created quite a stir. The crux of the article spoke to how and why people achieve fame, fortune and notoriety in our society, which has changed considerably over time. It also spoke to people’s work ethic and what can be achieved from hard work and...

Johnny Manziel Famous For Nothing Jul28

Johnny Manziel Famou...

We have created a culture where people are famous for being famous.  There are people who have accomplished nothing yet they are notables. Johnny Manziel and Kim Kardasian are two perfect examples of this phenomena. The football season has begun as training camps have opened and the games are...

Michael Sam: Homopho...

Michael Sam the first openly gay NFL player was drafted by the Saint Louis Rams in the seventh round.  Sam was the 249th player to be selected– and that says it all. When his named was finally called, Sam got a kiss from his partner much in the way girlfriends kiss their boyfriends when...