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Examiner.comDr. Stankovich is a national Sports Culture & Psychology Examiner, where he regularly contributes articles pertaining to sport psychology, sociology, and philosophy, and how sports are experienced in American culture today. Always timely, these articles focus on contemporary issues and trends impacting American sports fans and provide a unique psychological perspective.

Junior Seau's suicide is another example of the difficulties of sport retirement

May 2nd, 2012

It's been reported that former NFL great Junior Seau committed suicide earlier today, prompting NFL fans worldwide to mourn the loss of one of the greatest players to ever play in the NFL. While we can only speculate what prompted Seau to take his life, we can assume with some degree of confidence that life after football was a difficult... Read More »

The NFL draft preparation by teams is quite curious to say the least

April 26th, 2012

The 2012 NFL Draft begins tonight, prompting millions of football fans worldwide to begin discussing what player their team should go after. The question is no different for NFL owners and GM's, as they also must decide who to make long-term investments in through multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts. Interestingly, after the first couple of picks (that are usually safe bets, but not always), the draft becomes... Read More »

Tiger Woods and the ESPN media factor heading into The Masters

April 2nd, 2012

Tiger Woods is regularly making headlines again, but this time it is ESPN promoting Woods similar to how they once did prior to his marital transgressions of 2009. In just the past week, Woods has been consistently featured on Sports Center as we approach The Masters, even though he has just one win in the last three years. Rather than talking about the growing number of successful young golfers... Read More »

Greed is the word in college athletics these days, not integrity

November 11th, 2011

With the Penn State athletic department in the news for what might be the biggest college cover up ever, and Ohio State receiving additional penalties from the NCAA this week stemming back to their own problems of covering up information, many people are talking today about how out of control “amateur” sports have become. At Penn State, it looks as though a number of high-ranking officials... Read More »

The new and unique pressures sports figures face with increased media coverage

August 16th, 2011

It seems like only a few years ago when ESPN first launched (those of us over 40 can remember when ESPN had to routinely schedule Australian rules football to fill time). It wasn’t until several years later when cable television began to regularly carry more mainstream sports (like American football, college sports, etc.), providing fans a little more... Read More »

The X Games are morphing from obscure to mainstream right before our very eyes

July 27th, 2011

Tomorrow the 17th annual X Games will get underway in Los Angeles, providing fans an up close look at many non-traditional sports that are actually becoming mainstream before our very eyes. While Moto X, BMX, and skateboarding may still be foreign to many parents, in all likelihood their kids have at least heard of these sports – if not participated in them directly. With fewer kids playing traditional pickup games of backyard ... Read More »

What do your favorite sports teams say about your unique personality?

April 25th, 2011

How did you become a fan of your favorite sports teams? For most people, the selection of a favorite team begins with geography (you root for the home team). Similar to the ascribed status of religious views we receive from our parents when we are young, sports fans often become fans through interacting with those who are most readily around – in most cases family “homers.” Assuming... Read More »

NCAA hoops psychology-bracketology

March 16th, 2011

As we head into the 2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament season, fans across the world are feverishly working to fill out their bracket sheets with the hopes of being crowned champion of the office poll. The sixty-four teams will go into battle soon, and people everywhere are developing unique prediction-making methodologies that include everything from statistical analysis to superstitions. And in some cases, people simply flat out guess.... Read More »

Boys competing against girls in sports may not be such a great idea

February 17th, 2011

A very interesting gender and sports story broke out of Iowa this week when high school wrestler Joel Northrup refused to wrestle his female foe Cassie Herkelman at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. By refusing to wrestle, Northrup accepted an automatic forfeit - eliminating any chance he had for winning a state title. Sadly, neither kid is wrong or responsible for this unfortunate situation, but it is instead a result of... Read More »

Power Bracelets may not be so powerful after all

January 5th, 2011

Sport superstitions that seemingly “cause” good things to happen on the field or court will always be under close scrutiny by sport scientists, as evidence by recent developments relating to the hugely popular Power Bracelet and the company's promise to refund customers who thought the bracelets really had true magical powers. The question about the efficacy of the bracelets centers around... Read More »

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