Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday Morning S--t Storm

Last week we talked about sports cliches, and I'd like to go ahead and piggyback off of that idea.

Usually we have to listen to experts talk about absolutes in sports. You could almost call them myths. "You always need an Ace pitcher" "teams that pass are soft" you get the idea.

My old favorite was "you need to set up the run to pass." Which is funny because this one guy BILL WALSH had the exact opposite philosophy.

However, this weekend I picked up my new favorite myth. I was talking to a guy about that whole dodge ball thing, And I thought that schools should hire strength and conditioning coaches instead of normal PE teachers. They could bring some legitimacy to physical education, but they could also overlook S&C for every sports team.

This is what I got in reply: "Well that would work for the football team, but strength work will screw up your jump shot and do terrible things to your throwing motion."

Let's go with Basketball first. I could go to the NSCA archives and cite studies, but I'm busy. So let's just go to the pros.

Interesting, some of the best players in the world seem to utilize strength work.

But surely the greatest of all time never lifted weights...


As for baseball. There must be SOME reason all of these great players inject steroids in their ass. Maybe it has to do with strength and conditioning. I don't know, that's just me.

For the shit storm give us your favorite sports myths. You can argue for or against them, and maybe we can debate a few while we're at it.

Shit Storm begin.


  1. SEC is the best football conference.

    It works sometimes.

  2. Here's an example of one I agree with. In football, I really do think it's hard to beat the same team twice in one season.

  3. Yeah arguing that any conference is better is tough. You almost have to pick and choose what information you're using.

  4. "Eli Manning is a good quarterback."

    I don't buy it.

  5. "You've got to want it."

    Bullshit. You've got to want it and be better than the other guy. Man, I really want to beat Icehouse in a game of 21; Me, with my 5'3" stature and no basketball experience whatsoever and he, with his towering physique and college-level experience. I want it. He doesn't. He wins.

    Stop feeding me these lies, Coach.

  6. Also, another personal reference:

    "He's a power-hitter," in baseball, means this kid is fat, and if he has any hope of success in America's past time he had better hit the ball a long ways away so he can safely hustle his rolls to, at most, second base.

  7. "It ain't over till it's over"
    Thanks for this Gem of inspiration Yogi

  8. Lets not get into cliche territory.

  9. Defense wins championships.

    I never, ever wanted to believe this. However, with age and maturity, I have come to realize that not only is this myth/theory true, but there are literally zero examples to the contrary.

  10. Losing Coach: "I'm proud of you."

  11. Dirk Nowitzki was the most valuable player of the 2006-2007 season.

    Definitely a myth. And this myth has been BUSTED.

  12. In reality, lifting weights does throw off your shot. But you know what else does? Fatigue, any pain in your fingers/hands/arms/shoulders/torso/legs, fadeaways v. runners v. set shots, etc.

    Essentially, the argument is valid, but short sighted. You practice, your shot self-calibrates. In the middle of the season you don't try to get stronger, you maintain, which still requires lifting.

    Put it this way: Shawn Bradley didn't lift weights, Shaq does.