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  1. December 28, 2009 at 9:27 am | | Reply

    First, I think it is wrong and Manning didn’t like it. At least that’s what I thought when I saw him. Although, I am going to play devil’s advocate here;

    There was a study done in the past with 3 basketball teams. They were each given a task; 1 was to take free throws every day, the other was to “think” about making free throws every day and the last was to not do anything.

    As expected, the practicing squad has the highest percentage (which shows you need to play to stay in the game) but the surprising thing was that the team that was supposed to think about it was right behind them. I think it was 86%, 78%, 60%.

    So, if you are a numbers guy you could try and talk your guys into practicing in their heads and keep your starters healthy. BUT, your starters have to believe it and practice in their heads.

    1. December 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm | | Reply

      That’s extremely interesting Jim. I never heard about it, but myself as well as many other guys I played in college with ran through the plays in our head often.

      Adam, we both know that benching their starters was an awful idea. If the past repeats itself, the Colts will lose in the first round of the playoffs like they did when Dungy rested his starters for a week 17 game. Don’t forget, they have a first round bye as well. That’s a lot of resting/down time.

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