“Finding the balance” seems to be the rallying cry of the Chicago Bears offense. It’s strange how terrible the team is at putting that plan into motion.
We all know the solution. The coaches “know it.” The players definitely know it. Bears fans know it. Fans of the colors navy and orange, bear hunting enthusiasts, and even regular people who just like the way the letter “B” looks on the Bears sideline baseball caps… yep, they all know it, too:
Give the ball to Matt Forte.
Problem is, they don’t give the ball to Matt Forte.
John Kiefer has got me thinking. He has a tendency to do that.
For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a physicist-turned-nutrition expert responsible for the hugely controversial (yet highly effective) diet protocols Carb Nite and Carb Backloading.
If you’ve never heard of these plans, and you’re interested in improving your body composition and health in any way, I strongly suggest you click on both of those links you just passed up.
I’ve been following both plans on and off for the past few years … for better and for worse (but that’s for another blog post… or two, or three).
He recently released a new product as an adjunct to his plans, and being a member of his super exclusive, extra top secret VIP inner circle, I’m happy to say a few bottles are en route to my doorstep as we speak.
The new supplement is called Carb Shock, and it’s intended to give you a huge insulin spike without having to resort to carbs. If you buy the insulin hypothesis, a big spike is highly beneficial at times, especially after a workout. Keeping insulin as low as possible the rest of the time would be optimal.
Scanning the ingredient panel, I would’ve never guessed that some of the ingredients would send your insulin higher than Amanda Bynes on a bender. Licorice root? Simple protein enzymes? I’ll be damned…
And that got me to thinking: are there any other ingredients not included in here that could amplify this effect? I think I may have found one, and I didn’t have to look very far at all.
Optimism. It’s a lot like alcohol.
In moderation, and at the right time, it can take an experience from average to epic. Too much of it, and you become oblivious to the world. You might even wake up the next day feeling like someone pulled the rug right out from under your feet.
Heading into the second half of their conference season, Loyola Women’s Volleyball (7-11, 3-6 MVC, t-6th place) has given me a reason to knock back a shot of optimism.
Flash back to 1985. Wham! owned the airwaves, gas was $1.20 a gallon, and the Monsters of the Midway were roaring their way towards a Lombardi Trophy.
Flash forward to 2014 and those same Monsters are looking more like stuffed teddy bears. The team couldn’t have laid a bigger egg in their home opener, dropping an overtime heartbreaker to the lowly Buffalo Bills, 23-20.
Now, the Bears will hit the road to visit one of the NFC’s best, the San Francisco 49ers, to help them christen Levi’s Stadium.
Why did I mention 1985 to start this post? Well, like any other Bears team since, this team can learn quite a bit by studying the ’85 team. That was obviously the last time the Bears won the title.
But there was another significant thing they did nearly 30 years ago that hasn’t been repeated since. Therein lies the key to getting their season back on track in Week Two for the Bears.
Implementing the designated hitter in the National League could reverse some downward trends in Major League Baseball.
“March Madness” already spills over into the month of April; let’s not put May in jeopardy by expanding the field for the NCAA Tournament again.
Let the “Peyton Manning Legacy” discussion rage on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as tired of debating Manning’s merits as anyone else is. But if it means I don’t have to talk about the New England Patriots being in the Super Bowl, I’m all for it.
The name's Joe. Some people call me JoeFlah. Die hard Chicago fan, sans the Sox, through and through. When I'm not injured, I like to lift iron repeatedly. I do way too much research on exercise and nutrition for my own good.