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Urban Meyer, the Bear Lady, the Truth About Fear

Been meaning to do this for a while, but here’s a transcript (lightly edited) of the talk I gave to the incoming freshman class at my alma mater, Barton College. (There’s a video of the talk itself at the end of if you’d rather just skip ahead and watch that.)  There’s some advice in here that...
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The Conspiracy

“This isn’t just about sports. This is about the good of humanity. I mean, we’re getting into some next-level shit here.” — Dr. Andy Walshe, Director of Human Performance, Red Bull Adapted from HEAD IN THE GAME.    “‘Ello, mate!” Wearing a long, loose white T-shirt, black skinny jeans, and flip-flops, Andy Walshe, Ph.D., an...
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Cristiano Ronaldo Scores a Header in the Pitch Black Dark

Here’s a video mentioned in Chapter 13 of HEAD IN THE GAME, “Gaming the Brain,” wherein someone kicks a soccer ball at Cristiano Ronaldo‘s head, whereupon someone else kills the lights and all the world goes dark, whereafter, a thud, wherethen the lights come back on and we all see the ball in the net. NeuroTracker...
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‘I’m Not The Lone Wolf’

Originally published 09.13.2016. Re-posted to celebrate: this story was just shortlisted for the 2017 Livingston Award for National Reporting, recognizing the best work by writers and journalists under 35.  A million thanks, all over again, to Urban and Shelley for opening up.  Chasing Ambien with beer to sleep. Forty-pound weight loss. Chest pains. To stay...
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The Psychology, Neuroscience, and Pure Magic of Being Killer in the Clutch

Down three in the final seconds of Game 5 during the Western Conference semifinals, James Harden juked left and then went right, burning past Manu Ginobili and then pulling up for the open three—and he got stuffed. Ginobili’s hand came from behind him like the Angel of Death. Game over. Clutch. Clutch like
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The Performance Enhancer For Your Brain: How Elite Athletes are Using EEG to Get a Mental Edge

Many thanks to Sports Illustrated for running this excerpt from Head in the Game. It’s about how great athletes are using EEG technology to study and train their brains, much like they use film, personal trainers, and the like the study and train their bodies and their skills. Beyond their sports, too, it is having profound...
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Steph Curry’s Secrets to Success

Brain Training, Float Tanks, and Strobe Goggles for B/R Mag at Bleacher Report (a Head in the Game Excerpt)
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Head in the Game launch party

  Head in the Game (Dey Street Books) is my first book from a big publisher. It comes out on Feb. 28. Thus, a party. If you’re reading this, you’re invited, however you happened to stumble across it. Said party shall take place at the Carolina Ale House in Greenville, North Carolina–my hometown!–on Friday, March...
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Books I Read to Figure Out the Brain

When I started working on Head in the Game, I knew next to nothing about the real science of the brain. Biology and science were my least favorite subjects throughout school; I slept through the one biology class I was required to take in undergrad. So when it came to understanding the brain and how...
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The Daily Dawn Shot

Or, my new goal for 2017—taking a picture of the sunrise every morning and uploading it to Instagram—and why.
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Deleting Twitter and Facebook

As a belated Christmas gift to myself I am deleting Facebook and Twitter from my phone for at least three weeks. Twenty-one days. The time it takes to break and build habits. Call it an experiment. Starts yesterday, Jan. 2. My goal: Make it 21 days without downloading the apps back onto my phone. My...
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Head in the Game and Beyond: Welcome to the Ride

Many of the athletes and scientists featured in Head in the Game say that what they are doing has the potential to change the world. I am generally averse to such grandiose claims, but in this case, they are more right than they are wrong. I am humbled and awed by the work being done in the...
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Introducing Head In The Game

My new book has a full title, official description, and, to my immense gratitude, some very nice things said about it by other, smarter, more successful people who seem to have enjoyed it.
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The Strikeout

Hey folks, here’s something that got cut from the Urban Meyer story that I think you’ll like …    One of the players involved on that crucial fourth-down play—Urban doesn’t want to use his name, so let’s call him Bill—ended up suffering a great deal of emotional fallout. Urban urged Bill to visit the team...
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You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 3

  Hi again. You doing well this week? Hope so. I’m good. Here is Part 3 of the You’re Not the Lone Wolf series, a collection of notes and emails people have sent me after reading my Urban Meyer story for B/R Mag at Bleacher Report, “I’m Not the Lone Wolf.” James says: Thank you...
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You’re Not The Lone Wolf, Part 2

Hi again, everyone. How are you? I am well. Last week, I posted “You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 1,” sharing notes from people happy to hear Urban Meyer say he’s not the lone wolf when it comes to mental health problems, because that showed them that they are not lone wolves, either. So let’s jump right...
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You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 1

  The reaction to “I’m Not The Lone Wolf,” my B/R Mag story about Urban Meyer and his struggles with mental health has been overwhelming. I hoped, maybe even expected, that the story would touch a nerve with some folks. I had no idea it would reach as far as it did. I’ve received emails, messages,...
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