Not every guard with a headband can shoot, not every linebacker with muscles is a monster on the gridiron and, no, you won’t always be perfect just because you practice.
Time to retire these archaic, “sounds good” sayings.
We’re on a mission to debunk cliché sports myths one at a time; so every week we’ll catch up with an athlete who knows from experience that the cheesy “facts” about their sport they’d always heard coming up from coaches to playground has-beens aren’t exactly gospel after all.
This week we caught up with John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) wide receiver Malachi Dupre and had him expose the myth about the pregame warm-up receivers who don’t drop balls and the correlation between their unguarded beast mode and their on-field production.
The Myth: Pregame warm-up all star receiver = Beast
The Breakdown: “Every time we are warming up before the game we definitely, at some point, look over at the other team to checkout their players. I almost always spot the receiver who’s running the routs real crisp and making all of these acrobatic catches. I mean he doesn’t drop any of his balls. Then I look a little later and he’s still catching everything. Immediately, we all start thinking he’s the guy that we’re gonna have to watch out for. I mean the guy looks like a monster in warm-ups!”
The Debunk: “Most of the time I’ll forget about the big time receiver from the pregame then I’ll remember and start to look for him later in the game. I’ll find him and realize he hasn’t caught anything. Either he’s easy to jam-up at the line of scrimmage or he can’t get open. Those guys in the pregame warm-ups that catch everything, you can’t trust that. I mean that’s definitely thrown me off a lot, but I’ve learned to wait and see if they can make it happen in the game. Well, I try but it’s hard not to be fooled by that guy!”
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