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|The Other Football Can Kill You, Too|
According to a Scottish study, the Edinburgh Royal
Infirmary treated 151 patients for soccer-related
problems during the 1998 World Cup. Among the
• A fan who suffered a severe asthma attack after Morocco took a 3-0 lead against Scotland.
• A fan who needed treatment for self-inflicted deafness after yelling at his television.
• Eight fans who suffered chest pains, two who suffered hyperventilation, one with palpitations and three with alcohol-related seizures.
|Does Domestic Violence Really Go Up During The Super Bowl?|
Yes. An Indiana University study of 14 NFL cities
found that there were an average of 244 additional
cases of domestic violence on Super Sunday. However,
the game itself might not make a difference, as
researchers noticed a similar spike on every major
holiday save Valentine's Day.
Oddly enough, the study also found an inverse relationship between domestic violence and the point spread -- that is, the more a team was expected to lose, the greater the number of domestic violence dispatches in that team's home city on game day.
Perhaps being the underdog isn't such a good thing.
Want to stay healthy on Super Sunday? Dr. Kathleen
Hall, a stress management expert, offers the following
• Spend 3-5 minutes meditating before the game. Come up with a short mantra -- Steelers cover the spread, Steelers cover the spread -- that fosters a sense of peace. Make sure to catch the halftime show.
"Listening to music releases chemicals in your body that will calm you," Hall says. "And if you start singing along with the Rolling Stones, you'll get an immune boost."
• Laugh at the commercials. Don't sweat the actual game. "Laughing increases the diameter of your arteries by 22 percent," Hall says. "But when you're chronically stressed, it reduces the diameter by a third."
• Get some exercise. Put a 3- to 5-pound ankle weight around each can of beer you drink, cozy-style. Place your beer cooler on the back porch so that you have to walk back and forth between refills.
According to Dr. Charles Emerman, chairman of the emergency medicine department at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic, however, the latter might not be a good idea.
"In the E.R., we see people getting into fights over who won, people getting into car accidents on their way home from the sports bar," he says. "But most commonly, it's people just tripping and falling. They're usually not sobered up by the time we see them."
|Take The Over (Eating)|
Page 2 asked Anthony Munnelly, a senior analyst at
the online sportsbook Sportsinteraction.com, to come
up with odds for America's Super Sunday consumption.
Here are the over/unders:
• Total number of barrels of beer consumed: 11 million.
• Total amount of popcorn consumed, in pounds: 3.8 million.
• Total amount of potato chips consumed, in pounds: 11 million.
• Total number of pizzas consumed: 2 million.
• Odds on wine outselling beer on Super Sunday: 5 to 1.