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BY AUSTIN FAX ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multi-source sports analysis from Newsy. Remember the ol’ Johnny Cash song about a boy named Suh. Well life aint’t easy...for the latest Suh -- Ndamukong. Tuesday, the Lions Pro-Bowl defensive tackle sat down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff to discuss his rap as a dirty player. The NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora says it was a win-win for both sides. “Really it’s just some more edification for Ndamukong Suh about where the league’s going. There has been mandates against hits to the head, rules that protect quarterbacks. So as much as we are going to talk about Commissioner Goodell, this meeting was more about Ray Anderson and Merten Hanks, guys who dole out this discipline on a daily basis.” Suh racked up fines on three separate occasions for dirty hits the past two seasons -- totaling more than $40,000. The Detroit Free Press’s Drew Sharp says Suh should be applauded for taking the initiative to meet with the ‘commish.’ “[It’s] an example of an intellectual curiosity not often associated with bruising behemoths...Suh's inquisitiveness shows he's a young star who takes his craft very seriously. If he's missing something the league sees, he wants to know what it is.” “Intellectual curiosity?” A blogger from The Root says, c’mon-- we all know what this is really about. “Suh probably changed some impressions among fans, players and around the league. He might not change his style of play one bit. But he's more likely to receive the benefit of the doubt and see officials cut him some slack on close calls. Brilliant.” Last week, the Lions game against the Denver Broncos was billed by the NFL as ‘Good vs. Evil.’ ESPN’s Skip Bayless wants to know why Suh is so quick to shed the bad guy image. Embrace it, big man! “I like his reputation as a borderline dirty player. I think it’s the greatest thing to happen to the Detriot Lions in a long time. I don’t want him to undercut this by getting down on bended knee in front of the commissioner to say, ‘what am I doing wrong?’ You’re doing nothing wrong! Just play. Finally, the Detriot Lions have someone you won’t mess with!”
5 Nov 2011
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Avoid Dehydration in Sports *******www.mentaltoughnesstrainer**** A few of you may have heard of Korey Stringer. He was a standout football player at his high school, leading his team to the Ohio State Championship. Later while playing for Ohio State University, he was named Big Ten freshman of the year. He was drafted into the NFL by the Minnesota Vikings and quickly became a starting offensive tackle. He married and had a child and was picked for the Pro Bowl in the 2000 season. He had seemed to have it all. "Stringer was an incredibly valuable player, one of those men who thoroughly knew the game and what was happening at every position, on every snap of the ball," wrote Washington Post writer Michael Wilbon Unbelievably, it all ended on July 30th 2001, when Stringer died suddenly of heat exhaustion from practicing in the hot summer sun. His widow, Kelci Stringer, has since made it her mission to make sure that athletes from the Pros all the way down to pee-wee league players drink enough water while working out. We also, at the Mental Toughness Academy want to honor Stringer and get the word out about how important drinking water is as well. I'll bet you didn't know, that a study by the Exercise and Sports Science Department at UNC found that even before Stringer's death in 2001, 19 high school and college players died from heatstroke since 1995. Dehydration and heat stroke are a serious problem in sports that is not often talked we want you to make sure your athletes are drinking enough water! What a lot of people don't know, is that if you are feeling thirsty you are already dehydrated. So it is important to drink before you are feeling thirsty and even if you are not! It's obvious, of course, when it's hot outside, your sweating and working hard playing your sport that you need to drink a lot of water, right? Well what's not obvious is drinking when it is cold out or when you are not thirsty. Far too many athletes wait until they are really thirsty and their performance suffers due to brain fog from dehydration. You see, our bodies are made up of about 60% water and your brain is actually 70% water! Water is also the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation. So water is what allows your brain to work correctly. If it is not fully hydrated, you lose mental concentration and focus, as well as strength and stamina. Drinking water is one of the easiest thing we teach that will help you optimize your brain to achieve your top performance. Many people make the mistake in thinking it only applies to outdoor sports. However, a recent study on indoor sports, conducted at a large university concluded: "91% of professional basketball, volleyball, tennis and soccer players are dehydrated when they begin their training sessions." Another little known fact is that the most common cause of daytime fatigue is due to dehydration, as well as being the cause of many types of headaches. So are you getting the picture here? You have got to keep your body hydrated in order to perform at your highest level and to THINK your best. I understand sometimes it's tough to get enough water when you are in the middle of practice or a game, so it's important to give yourself a head start by making sure you drink plenty of water beforehand! A word of caution though, drinking too much water too quickly can lead to hyponatremia, a serious medical condition where the concentration of sodium in the blood gets too low. This usually only happens with athletes in extreme situations. The best thing to do is to keep a bottle of water handy and continue drinking before, during, and after your workout or game. Keep your mental edge by staying hydrated! Visit *******www.teenmentaltoughness**** to download FREE: "The 10 Commandments For A Great Sports Parent" ebook and "Master The Pressure" a GAME-CHANGING guided visualization for teen athletes.
21 Nov 2011
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Famous benchwarmer - Matt Cassel www.MentalToughnessTrainer**** Look I know it is no fun being a benchwarmer, but let me tell you a story... It's the 1st game of the 2008 season for the New England Patriots of the NFL and their MVP quarterback, Tom Brady gets injured. Famous benchwarmer, Matt Cassell is put in the game even though he has never even started one game during the 4 years of being a backup! During those years, he played a total of only 4 quarters in 65 games, only being put in when the game didn't matter. Well if you missed the game, they ended up winning that game and starts the rest of the season. He went on to lead the Patriots to an 11-5 record only 3 months after sportswriters predict that he would be cut from the team! He left the Patriots to go play for the Chiefs and there he was named to the 2010 Pro Bowl. Now I bet you expected Cassell to have at least started during his college years, but his story is even more incredible. You see, Cassell, was also a backup quarterback all through college! He never started a game his entire college career and didn't start a game in the NFL for 4 years after that! There are many stories of famous athletes who were benchwarmers for quite some time, before they got their chance and all of them had one thing in common...they didn't give up! It's also a fact of team sports that there are always going to be more players than can play at any given time. Backups are necessary! Pro basketball is one of the few sports that officially recognizes the best player coming off the bench with it's yearly 6th man award. In recent years, Lamar Odom of the NBA LA Lakers has been given a lot of credit for the Lakers back-to-back championships coming off the bench. Quarterback Steve Young sat the bench for 4 years, before he got his chance and now he is in the Hall of Fame. The list is endless... they all had one thing in common.... THEY DID NOT GIVE UP! Go to the next video to learn what to do if you are a benchwarmer. Visit *******www.teenmentaltoughness**** to download FREE: "The 10 Commandments For A Great Sports Parent" ebook and "Master The Pressure" a GAME-CHANGING guided visualization for teen athletes.
21 Nov 2011
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Aaron Rodgers and DeMarcus Ware highlight an NFC Pro Bowl roster full of size and strength, while Darren Sproles, one of the NFL's smallest, was one of the team's biggest snubs.
29 Dec 2011
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski highlight a Patriots-heavy AFC Pro Bowl roster. The biggest snub? It may have been a Patriot too, with Aaron Hernandez falling short of the cut.
29 Dec 2011
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Both wide receivers are coming off disappointing 2011 seasons in which neither player's team made the playoffs, but to DeSean Jackson's two Pro Bowls make him more overrated than Santonio Holmes?
8 Feb 2012
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If Matt Kalil turns out to be as anything like his Pro Bowl brother Ryan, the Minnesota Vikings will be ecstatic. But Kalil isn't the only Day One starter among the Vikings' draft picks.
8 May 2012
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The Pro Bowl hasn't been fun to watch recently. In fact, fewer people are watching it every year. But now that it'll officially be played at least one more year, we asked our staff if it should be.
3 Jun 2012
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After two productive NFL seasons, including a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham is poised for a breakout fantasy season in '12.
4 Aug 2012
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He could very well end up there as an alternate, but the PFW staff saw Seahawks CB Richard Sherman as one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs. See who else the staff thought was snubbed.
28 Dec 2012
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