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Since86
01-11-2007, 02:30 PM
Indiana's Armstrong on a coffee buzz
Veteran point guard finds pregame beverage helps keep his energy level up
By Mark Montieth
mark.montieth@indystar.com
January 11, 2007


BOSTON -- Darrell Armstrong placed his customary pregame order with a ball boy before the Indiana Pacers played Boston at TD Banknorth Garden on Wednesday. A coffee. "With about 10 packs of sugar," he added.
So that's how a 38-year-old point guard manages to play like a toy that's been wound too tightly every game. Armstrong said he began drinking a pregame coffee during a West Coast trip in the 1998-99 season. Orlando's coach at the time, Chuck Daly, told the players they looked tired and to find a way to get their energy up. Armstrong, already a coffee drinker in the morning, decided to expand his habit and liked the results. "Sometimes it seemed I was falling asleep on the West Coast when the games started," he said.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle, noting Armstrong's consistent energy level throughout the season, wonders if that isn't the secret. "You know what, I'm not a coffee drinker, but I might switch over from Mountain Dew," Carlisle joked.

Carlisle has his own method for getting "up" for games. He sniffs an ammonia capsule shortly before the start of the game. Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson often stop by for a head-clearing sniff.

Painfully embarrassing

This is how a team knows things aren't going well.
Boston guard Tony Allen managed to injure himself -- perhaps seriously -- while attempting an unnecessary dunk after the whistle had blown the play dead in the Pacers' 97-84 victory.

Drawing a foul from Jackson at the top of the key, Allen drove the lane for a just-for-fun slam. He banged it off the back of the rim, landed awkwardly on his left leg, and crumpled to the floor.

He had to be carried off the floor and was taken to a local hospital.
Another Celtic, backup forward Brian Scalabrine, injured his knee in the first half and sat out the second.

They follow injuries to three starters -- Paul Pierce, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West. "This is just terrible," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.

O'Neal plays on

Indiana's O'Neal, who sprained his ankle in practice on Monday and struggled in Tuesday's win over Atlanta, got through the game with no noticeable problems.

"There was a lot of icing the last 48 hours," said O'Neal, who finished with 23 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. "I probably iced my ankle 22 times. I was surprised when I woke up this morning that I wasn't limping, after I limped through the game (Tuesday) night. "I tip my hat to the training staff; they did a great job."

Etc.

Danny Granger came off the bench to score 16 points and grab eight rebounds for the Pacers, while Sarunas Jasikevicius had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Jasikevicius helped keep the Pacers afloat in the first half, when he scored 11 points. They were the only Pacers reserves to score. . . . Al Harrington scored just seven points on 1-of-10 shooting, and grabbed just two rebounds. He was pulled from the game in the fourth quarter in favor of Granger.
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070111/SPORTS04/701110455/0/SPORTS04

It was posted in the RSS feed section, but since I don't read that part, I dunno if anyone else truly does either.

Kind of weird, but it must be doing something right. Some people can handle it, but most can't. I'm on the other end of the spectrum. Anything other than water or a sports drink an hour before I play makes my stomach cramp bad. Anything other than the already mentioned or milk makes me get sick. I'm not sure why, but I can't eat or anything as well.

vapacersfan
01-11-2007, 03:08 PM
What is a ammonia capsule?

maragin
01-11-2007, 03:30 PM
What is a ammonia capsule?

Smelling salts.

From Wiki:

Smelling salts are also known as ammonium carbonate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_carbonate), a whitish, crystalline (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystalline) solid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid) ((NH<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub>CO<sub>3</sub>.H<sub>2</sub>O).

When placed in water, it is called "aromatic spirits of ammonia."
Smelling salts are used to arouse consciousness because the release of ammonia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia) [NH<sub>3</sub>] gas that accompanies their use irritates the mucous membranes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mucous_membrane) of the nose and lungs, and thereby triggers an inhalation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inhalation) reflex (that is, it causes the muscles that control breathing to work faster). One such smelling salt is ammonium carbonate (NH<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub>CO<sub>3</sub>---
Also from wiki, about Jim Mora:

In 2006 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_NFL_season), the national media and the Falcons fans had high expectations. However, Mora led the Falcons to a 7-9 record, losing his final three games, including two at home, and missed the playoffs for a second straight year. In his second season as Falcons coach, when he was playing the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch from the 2004 NFC Championship, Mora was seen smelling ammonia capsules (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smelling_salts) on the sidelines during a Monday Night Football (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monday_Night_Football) broadcast. John Madden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Madden_%28football%29) noted that some coaches use the capsules during games, although they are mostly for players' use.<sup id="_ref-0" class="reference">[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_L._Mora#_note-0)


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SoupIsGood
01-11-2007, 04:28 PM
Carlisle has his own method for getting "up" for games. He sniffs an ammonia capsule shortly before the start of the game. Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson often stop by for a head-clearing sniff.

So that's what it was... I saw them doing this on TV and was like whattha????

lumber man
01-11-2007, 04:44 PM
What is a ammonia capsule?
they keep them in the first-aid box at my job. they really work if you need a quick wake up, but it doesn't last long.

LoneGranger33
01-11-2007, 05:38 PM
My dad always drinks a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee before we play 1 on 1...he then proceeds to get stomped on.

I always liked Shawn Kemp's pregame pick-me-up.

Los Angeles
01-11-2007, 05:52 PM
No wonder every time they show RC at the beginning of games, he's always wiping or picking his nose.

:tmyk:

ChicagoJ
01-11-2007, 06:03 PM
NBC did a feature on Darrell Armstrong's coffee habit back when he played for Orlando (and back when NBA television coverage was tolerable).

It enhances his hyperactivity, I guess.

Shade
01-11-2007, 07:22 PM
I'd hate to see Red Bull's sugar crash after the game. He probably naps on the team bus.

maragin
01-11-2007, 07:29 PM
I'd hate to see Red Bull's sugar crash after the game. He probably naps on the team bus.

After a game, he collapses in the lockerroom. Usually some assistants place him back in his sarcophagus to rejuvenate, to be born again next gameday.

Hicks
01-11-2007, 07:31 PM
After a game, he collapses in the lockerroom. Usually some assistants place him back in his sarcophagus to rejuvenate, to be born again next gameday.

:laugh:

CableKC
01-11-2007, 07:41 PM
After yesterday's rather lathargic start in the 1st QTR..I think that the rest of the team should drink a Caramel Macchiato with a triple shot of expresso before the start of every game.

Naptown_Seth
01-12-2007, 07:10 AM
After a game, he collapses in the lockerroom. Usually some assistants place him back in his sarcophagus to rejuvenate, to be born again next gameday.
:D Man is that good stuff right there.


As Jay mentioned, I thought this was a known issue with Armstrong, it's been talked about for years. Not sure why it was article worthy at this point. In fact after the trade I suggested that his icon be this combo...
:morning::woohoo:



Now RC pulling a Jim Mora Jr. on the other hand. :-o I had no idea.

Of course he also chews. And apparently is a Mt Dew drinker. For all that he sure doesn't seem anything close to hyper or excited. Go figure.

JJ DYNOBYTE
01-12-2007, 12:48 PM
RC chews tobacco??