Tag Archive for sports

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

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NFL player makes claim regarding the healing properties of fancy, “sciencey” nano-bubble water. Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game  At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from…

I correctly predicted sportswriters would out-guess psychics in the Super Bowl

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Okay, I admit I didn’t go on record with that prediction.  But trust me. Twenty-five psychics were asked by HuffPo to predict yesterday’s Super Bowl, in which the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28 to 24.  Bookies had given generally even odds between the two closely matched teams, with sportswriters leaning toward New England. A…

Pseudoscientific technology for Australian rugby team

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This piece that appeared in the Australian media is full of errors, false assumptions and credulity. Just awful! A National rugby team is using controversial new technology to up their game. Or not. Revealed: Sports science secrets of the South Sydney Rabbitohs as they head into grand final. THIS is the top-secret sports science technology…

Footballer states he did not kill his friends to further his career

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Talk about bad press! Sports star Asamoah Gyan had to have a press conference to clear up allegations that he was responsible for the deaths of his two friends in what looks like a jet ski accident. Ghana media and local reports suggested he had committed some ritual sacrifice. BBC Sport – Asamoah Gyan denies…

Ronaldo’s injury supposedly the work of a witch doctor

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You can always count on sports to be connected to silly superstitions. A World Cup star is cursed! Ghanaian witch doctor claims he caused Cristiano Ronaldo’s knee injury. Ghana’s most influential witch doctor has claimed he is responsible for the knee injury that is threatening Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation at the World Cup. Nana Kwaku Bonsam – whose name translates…

Oooh, fancy magic tape for athletes

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This is old stuff but people still think it actually works. Did Magic Tape Help Li Na Win The Australian Open? – Forbes. When Chinese tennis star Li Na won the Australian open final this weekend, she had two long, wide strips of black tape criss-crossing her right knee. And in the semifinals, Poland’s Agnieszka…

Thank God he let us win today

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I never understood why God would care about the outcome of a sporting event. With all the strife in the world, he’s going to listen to your fervent wish for your “team” to win? Half Of Americans Say God Plays A Role In Super Bowl Winner: Survey. Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half…

Zimbabwe soccer team blames other team for using witchcraft to win

Sore losers? Wait, it’s OK if the ritual is Christian? ‘Juju’ Dispute Flares in Zimbabwe Soccer League – ABC News. […]the CAPS United team in Zimbabwe is calling foul after their rivals, a team called How Mine, allegedly used “juju,” or witchcraft, during a key match this month. CAPS United said its officials checked out…

God cares about football?

I always found this idea quite amusing. I bet the deity does too. Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins Sporting Events. Because it’s Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample…

Sports woo illustrated: Catch up on the latest athletic gimmicks

The new sports WOO! Power balance pseudoscience repackaged. Same exact stuff. S.W.A.T.S. — Sports with Alternatives to Steroids Tracing the involvement of NFL, college football players with S.W.A.T.S. – NFL – SI.com. Key began by telling the players that there would be thousands of cellphones in the Superdome the following night and that frequencies from…

Flogging Power Balance in the golfing world

What a GREAT piece on how athletes endorsed Power Balance magical bracelets but then scientific trials showed they were useless. Also a mention of the “bogus” scientific claims called out by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Golf Spelled Backwards*: ‘Magic Bracelet’ Power Balance Back in Business, with Stacy Lewis’ Help. The annual PGA Merchandise Show…

The week in sports: Lies and hoaxes

You could be forgiven if you lost faith in sports this week. Between the Lance Armstrong doping admission and this front page mess of a story, it was a disaster. Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax. Did you enjoy the uplifiting story, the…

Kinesio – The colored sports tape without backing

BBC News – Why are athletes wearing coloured tape?. In the Euro 2012 Championship, Italian striker Mario Balotelli was sporting three tramlines of blue sticky tape on his back. And at Wimbledon, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has had his elbow patched up with the same stuff. So what’s behind this latest sporting fad? The…

Oracle hog

In a follow up to the psychic llama, we have a psychic pig. Every day, I miss Paul more… ‘Psychic’ pig to make Euro tips A psychic pig is set to take over where Paul the Octopus left off at the 2010 World Cup by predicting the results of matches at the European championships in…

Seau’s death fuels legend of San Diego curse

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Untimely death of former San Diego Charger Junior Seau is fuel to the legend that San Diego is the victim of a sports curse. Seau’s death cruelest blow of all to ’94 Chargers There is something out there called the San Diego Sports Curse, and it’s supposed to refer to the city’s inability to capture…

The Madden jinx is regression to the mean

The Madden Cover Jinx: is it real? The Sports Network. Forget the “Saw” movies and “Paranormal Activity.” They should make the Madden Cover Jinx into a Hollywood horror series. As a fantasy owner, there’s nothing scarier than seeing your player on the cover of the famous video game series. It’s like seeing your daughter grow…

Witchcraft beliefs are stumbling block for Ghana football team

Ghana coach says witchcraft is reason for team split Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has revealed deep divisions within the squad, saying some players used witchcraft against their own team-mates. The Serbian made his claim in a leaked report on the Black Stars’ failure at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where they were beaten by…

Devices and cures for concussion unsupported

More Sports – The Globe and Mail. Parents who rushed out to buy football helmets this year on claims that the head gear could prevent concussions were buying promises that couldn’t be kept, says Toronto neurosurgeon Charles Tator. “Thank God the manufacturers had to withdraw that claim. I’ve talked with a lot of very talented…

The “talent” rubs off on you: Contagion of celebrity stuff

The Case of the Haunted Golf Club How can you make people better at sports? Tell them they’re using equipment that previously belonged to a professional athlete. No, really. A new study finds that golfers significantly improved their putting ability when they believed the putter they were using belonged to a celebrity golfer. In sports,…

Baseball players sport titanium necklaces

NPR.org » Baseball’s New Bling Is Made For Believers. Shouting “Your pitcher wears a necklace!” sounds like the kind of remark that could start a brawl in a major league ballpark. But if you watch this year’s playoffs, you may notice most players do. Not pearls — pearls would clash with most uniforms anyway —…