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It’s Important for Us to Understand Why So Many Athletes Turn to Drugs

May 19th, 2015 at 2:37 PM
By Sports Media 101

Once one understands what goes into playing the game at a professional level, one fails to be shocked that many players end up on drugs. The real shock is in discovering any players who have not succumbed. Persecuting athletes is not only uncalled for, but ultimately, unproductive.

If we really want to do something about sports-related drug addiction, we must start by gaining a better understanding of why it happens in the first place:

Real Pain

At some point, all professional athletes experience real pain. But even real pain can be tolerated in short bursts. What’s worse is chronic pain: the kind that doesn’t go away with 800 mg of Ibuprofen. No one, not even athletes, can ignore chronic pain as if it weren’t there. The amount of pain they’re in all the time is on a scale far greater than the one by which your daily experience is informed.

The folks over at NERDFL calculated that getting hit by an NFL linebacker is the equivalent of getting hit by a 150cc motorcycle. Now, think about getting hit by two of them at the same time, with your back turned to them. Ironically, it is no picnic for the linebacker, either.

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September 28th, 2013 at 8:19 AM
By Sports Media 101

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Ogando comes up lame in 5-0 win

June 10th, 2012 at 7:50 PM
By Mike Zink

The Texas Rangers busted out the lumber Sunday against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants with 11 hits on their way to a 5-0 win at AT&T Ballpark. The Rangers bullpen was used early when starter Alexi Ogando suffered a strained right groin legging out a bunt in the top of the fourth inning.

The 6’4 Rangers starter took the bump in his first starting appearance since September 2011 retiring the first nine Giants batters on just 39 pitches before giving way to Robbie Ross (6-0) for the Giants home half of the fourth.

Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus opened the top of the third connecting on a laser to the right-center field gap that rolled all the way to the wall for a stand-up triple followed by a double past the outstretched arms of third baseman Pablo Sandoval for a double scoring Andrus from third for the early 1-0 lead.

Mitch Moreland jump started the Rangers offense in the top of the fourth taking a 91 MPH fastball from Lincecum for a single to left field. Moreland went to second on a dribbler off the bat of Craig Gentry handcuffed Sandoval putting runners on first and second with Ogando coming to the plate.

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Cape Night Turn Giants into Super Heroes in 5-2 Win

June 9th, 2012 at 7:37 PM
By Mike Zink

Texas Ranger pitcher Scott Feldman was on the wrong side of a 5-2 decision against the San Franciso Giants at AT&T Ballpark in Saturday's action.

Feldman's performance was better than the box score would show giving up just four hits in 5 1/3 innings behind a defense that was more a "comedy of errors" rather than the solid defense that the Rangers are expected to put out their day in and day out.

The Rangers and the Giants Interleague match-up billed as a rematch of the 2010 World Series going into the series but instead was more like and Abbott and Costello slapstick routine.

The loss Saturday served as the 11th out of the last 12 at AT&T for the visitors. The Rangers have seen thier struggles continue on the road loosing eight of the last 11, and three of six in the last 10 games.

The Rangers committed three errors in eight innings behind just two singles against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.

Feldman gave up a one out knock to Giants pitcher Vogelsong who was previously 0-20 on the season coming into Saturday.

Vogelsong the advanced to second on the first balk of the season by a Rangers pitcher.

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Gentry’s Career Night Sealed Giants Fate

June 9th, 2012 at 5:44 AM
By Mike Zink

Texas hurler Mat Harrison ran his record to an impressive 8-3 mark shutting out the San Francisco Giants 5-0 Friday night at AT&T Park.

Harrison tossed his third career shutout, and his first since 2009.
“He had a great night,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “He stayed ahead of hitters all night, pounded the strike zone and the defense was outstanding. They were picking the ball up all night.”

Harrison (8-3) dominated hitters with an arsenal of off-speed pitches that seemed to have Giants hitters baffled and frustrated all night. His sinker was especially effective allowing only five singles and no walks while striking out four.

“It felt good,” Harrison said. “A lot of games I’ve run into trouble in the sixth and seventh innings, bad walks, and it’s knocked me out of the game. Tonight I was able to pitch through it.

“That’s the best stuff I’ve had this year, considering throughout the game everything felt right. My fastball was down, my sinker was moving and my changeup was really good. I can’t say enough about the job [catcher] Yorvit Torrealba did. We were on the same page all night and the defense was outstanding. It was unbelievable how great they were behind me.”

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