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Joel H. Fish

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 9:28 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Joel H. Fish
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As they prepare for the Super Bowl, one thing that the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have in common is that both teams overcame the odds in their respective championship games. Both were the visiting teams and had to perform in an environment where over 60,000 rabid fans were rooting against them. The 49ers fell way behind in the first half, while the Ravens entered the game expected to lose by more than a touchdown.

Yet when the pressure reached an intense pitch in the 4th quarter, both the 49ers and Ravens made the plays that were necessary to win.

There are different psychological aspects to being the favorite or the underdog. The feelings and thoughts that an athlete has when he or she is expected to win are different than when the expectations are that they will lose. The same is true at the team level.

POSTED: Sunday, December 9, 2012, 6:00 AM
In this Feb. 19, 2012 file photo, Philadelphia Philllies' catcher Carlos Ruiz, from Panama, attends spring training in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

By Joel H. Fish

The Steroid Era in baseball is supposedly over, but in the past year 18 professional baseball players failed drug tests. Meanwhile, 21 professional football players have missed time because of taking banned supplements. The Lance Armstrong story continues to shed light on the intricate way that drugs have been used in the sport of cycling in recent years.

As a follow up to the 2012 London Olympics, 21 athletes have been provisionally suspended for failed drug tests. Various studies of American high school athletes estimate that 5.9 percent of boys and 4.6 percent of girls have used anabolic steroids to help them build muscle.

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