KEY ROLE THAT OFFICIATING PLAYS.
(2009) William Schmidt,
Role of Testosterone
Home team advantage, it turns out, in football
and maybe in other sports may be due
to the fact that scientists have discovered
that football palyers paying before a home
crown have a bigger rise of natural
testosterone than when they play in front of strangers.
) Winning the admiration and respect of ones acquaintances is more important
than winning the same from strangers.
Could that be why I got my highest bowling score,
225, playing before my girl friend and my
High levels of testosterone, is. of
course, linked to alpha male behavior, aggression,
boisterousness and a determination to
dominate. Did you know that it was also linked
to success in short-term trading in the stock
market! More muscle mass does not help.
But competitiveness, willingness to take risks,
vigilance and quicker reactions do help
a professional trader. And these are
attendant to high levels of testosterone. ( Source.)
Before rushing to the doctor, you might want to
know that elevated levels of testosterone
can also increase kidney damage and worsen high
blood pressure, even if one avoids
unnecessary bar room brawls and road rage
incidents. ( Source. )
Psychology of "Identification"
In college my Sophomore year, our team was not
only undefeated, it was unscored upon.
It had a virgin goal line for the first six
games of the season. On the seventh game,
I recall having imvited my favorite girl friend
to the game, hoping some of the team's
proud exploits would make her think more of me.
In the third quarter, our team was
scored upon. I actually cried! What
she must have thought about this display! I had
identified very closely to the team.
Soon I was to understand what had happened.
That semester I took a course in international
relations. I chose to write a term paper
on the pschological roots of nationalism.
My professor even suggested
Extreme nationalism, aggression and an
exclusivistic loyalty to the flag I discovered,
and I got an A on the term paper, can occur
when individuals, lacking in personal
self-esteem, sometimes because of poverty or
unemployment, enlarge their egos by
identifying with a social entity, like an
imperial nation state or a college football team!
Lessons of Football
Football practice I remember for the
muscle pains it brought each new season. Football games
I remeber for the tension before the snap of
the ball, more than I remember for the blocking
and tackling. But there were two plays I
repeat in my mind over and over. Besides playing
on the line for offense and defense, I
kicked extra points. Once we were comfortably ahead
in the last quarter. We had just scored a
touchdown. The center, quaterback - who normally
held the ball when I kicked it - and I
devised a special play that the coach knew nothing about.
The quarterback had always wanted to catch a
pass in a game and I had always wanted to throw
one. So, instead of kicking a regular
extra point, the football was to be centered over my head
as extra point kicker, as if by mistake, and I
would go back after the ball and then throw
the ball high in the air in the right
flat, where the quarterback would be to catch the ball for
the extra point. Amazingly, it worked
perfectly. How I wish I could have a video tape of that.
In high school, before games, each of the
players would put a dollar in a pot and write
down what he thought would be the score of our
game. Before one game, I recalling
picking our team to win 27-0. I figured
that I would miss one of the four extra point attempts.
Back then, the goal posts were placed much more
closely together than now. Sure enough,
in the game when we were ahead 20-0, I kicked
the ball but it hit one of the goal posts. But
not to worry. In the game's last few
minutes, we got another touchdown. And I went back
to kick the point after touchdown. If I
made the kick, I would win the pot, having picked exactly
the final score, 27-0. But I did
not get a chance to kick it. The ball was centered and place
down perfectly. But our left guard
deliberately, so he proudly explained afterwards, his man
in so that he could block my kick. You
see, the guard had bet 26-0 and wanted to win the pot.
Years later he became the Vice-Mayor for
Cincinnati. He certainly knew how to make deals
with the opposition when he stood to gain.
The last story is just that as defensive
tackle I used to hold my hands together and then bring
them up very quickly to blunt the block
of the lineman I was playing against. I used this
technique well all season. I
employed it for six straight games without anyone ever
complaining. In the seventh game,
the player opposite me complained and the official called
a 15-year penalty on me. The
moral was that officiating is subjective and the fellow I played
against was smart enough to tell the
referee to watch my use of my hands. Umpires have a
lot of power. This was a good
preparation for life. Life - like football when badly officated -
is not fair. We can sit back
and watch the politicans and bankers take all our money or
we can complain and try to get the
officials to see things differently.
Here are two Blogs I wrote earlier about
9/15/2008 Pro Football's
Dirty Little Secret. Are AFC/NFL Pfficals on The Take.
Two Truly Horrible
Calls Give Denver Two Touchdowns and Cost The San Diego
Chargers A Certain
1/16/2008 Antonio Comartie, Master at Open Field Running.