One of our favorite sports quotes of all-time is NFL head coach Lou Saban’s “they’re killing me, whitey – they’re killing me,” which was famously captured by NFL films way back in the 1960s.
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Believe it or not, evidence is emerging that tough losses by sports teams may actually be killing people.
A new study published in Clinical Cardiology (we subscribe, don’t you?) found that cardiac death rates in Los Angeles County increased after the L.A. Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. Those rates then decreased four years later when the Oakland Raiders won Super Bowl XVIII.
Yup. Researchers say that an emotional sports loss could serve as a “trigger” for heart-related death – particularly if someone has a preexisting heart condition.
Wow … we suppose we better monitor our founding editor closely whenever his beloved Indianapolis Colts are playing. Seriously, after shedding man tears in the wake of the Colts’ victory in Super Bowl XLI, Sic Willie still hasn’t recovered from last year’s loss to the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.
In fact, he still gets angry and throws things at the television whenever he sees clips from the Saints’ big win.
Issues, issues …
Incidentally, Saban died at his home in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. two years ago. He was 87 years old, and prior to his death had been experiencing … heart problems.