Archive for November, 2009

Sneakergate pt 2

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Well it appears that Adidas will not continue to sponsor the University of Central Florida after this year. The whole issue started because Marcus Jordan, son of Michael Jordan, wanted to wear his fathers shoes while playing with UCF. Apparently the university is allowing Marcus to wear the shoes much to the chagrin of Adidas. Click the following link to find out more: UCF loses Adidas sponsorship

More on Slow Runners-NYT Article

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Last week in these blogs we debated the issue of slow runners and whether they should be allowed to compete in marathons. Today, a favorite columnist of mine in the New York Times chimed in with her own story as a slow runner. Tara Parker-Pope gives a very unique and interesting perspective on this debate. She her column at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/health/03well.html?_r=1&ref=science. She presents not only her own personal perspective, but brings in compelling facts and some interesting opinions from surprising sources. Check this out.

Dr. John E. Mayer

Great Steroid Article

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Very well written article on steroids in the Ny Times today. Be sure to check it out! With Series Fever, Steroids issue fades to the Past Do you think it is a good thing that steroids are taking a back seat to the World Series? Is it okay that players such as Alex Rodriguez are forgiven so quickly?

It’s Good to be Old!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Back in July Lance Armstrong, then 37 years old, came in third at the Tour de France. The Tour de France is one on the toughest bike races in the world and boasts one of the most competitive fields in the sport of professional cycling. Armstrong was eleven years older than race winner Alberto Contador and thirteen years older than second place finisher Andy Schleck. Brett Favre, 40 year old quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, finds himself ranked fourth (based purely on stats) among all NFL quarterbacks this season. Perhaps, even more important than numbers Favre has his team rolling along with a 7-1 record with their sights clearly set on the playoffs. The NFL is a tough league and even young players are chewed up and spit out by the dozen. Favre, who is 40 years old, excels even though he is many years older than the average NFL quarterback.

Science tells us that over time the body begins to slowly deteriorate. We lose muscle tone and our motor skills are not as sharp as they once were. How then can Armstrong and Favre compete at such a high level when they are many years older then their peers? Undoubtedly, both of these individuals are incredibly gifted athletes. One could make the argument that they are among the greatest to ever engage in their respective sports. Genetics play a large role, but I would like to think it is more than just winning the genetic lottery. I would like to think that it is heart that allows both of these athletes to continue to excel. Obviously, both athletes are still paid large sums of money; but they have already made their fortunes. I find it hard to believe that money is driving them to be so great at this stage of their lives. Ego? I am sure ego has something to do with their desire to compete, but is it enough to drive them to the pinnacle of their respective sports? No, I would like to believe that heart is what keeps them at the top. In an era when players only seem to rise to the occasion when their contracts are due it is refreshing to see two great athletes who have nothing to prove excel. What do I mean when I say “heart” keeps them at the top? Armstrong and Favre give their all to their sport. They play with a determination and passion rarely seen at any age. If only we could bottle their spirit and give it to all athletes. Armstrong and Favre show us that you are never too old to be great.

Justin Mayer, Executive Director-ISPA