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7/13/16 – Tim Duncan announces his retirement

He recently announced his retirement after 19 seasons in the NBA. We’ve written about him time and time again, telling you that he is the quintessential #2 BEAR when it comes to Brain Type. Mellow, thoughtful, down-to-earth, and fun-loving, Tim Duncan gave his inborn design a good name, and he will be dearly missed on the basketball court. Duncan finishes his career with five NBA championships, two NBA MVP awards and three Finals MVP awards, making him one of the most decorated players in recent NBA history. Regarding his personality, he once said of himself, At this point, if I were to psychoanalyze myself, I’d have to say I am a clown, cleverly disguised as a regular person. And again, I enjoy jokes, smiling, and making people smile. I may be a little different, but that’s OK, who wants to be normal anyway?

Tweets Lebron James (#1 FEAR):  “Timmy D you know how I feel about you, what you did for me and for the entire NBA. Thank you for an amazing career!”

Tweets Dirk Nowitzki (#10 BCAR):  “Timmy D. Say it ain’t so!!! Greatest power forward ever!”

Says Pau Gasol (#15 FCIL, Duncan’s opposite BT) on Instagram: “My biggest respect and admiration for #TimDuncan. I’ve had the privilege to play against him in many occasions and I’ve always enjoyed the challenge to face the best power forward in the game. Thanks for being an example to follow!”

Nineteen seasons isn’t too shabby, yet not surprising given the BEAR‘s tendency to last long in their respective sports. They are the Methuselahs of sports. Since EAs are gross motor dominant, they rely on their large body muscles more than the other 12 Types (EIs, CAs, and CIs). Robert Parish hung around for 21 seasons in the NBA, while Gordie Howe, who we wrote about just a few weeks ago, made a brief game appearance at age 69 to become the only pro in hockey to compete in six decades! Remember Warren Moon in the NFL? In 2000, the 44-year-old quarterback played his 24th year in the league!

So as Timmy rides off in the sunset, only one active NBA player exceeds his years…  Methuselah Andre Miller (age 40). Not surprisingly, he’s a #1 FEAR, and bests Duncan by only 37 days. Also, it’s only Kobe Bryant (another #2!) that surpasses Tim in most years with same team, numbering 20!

Yes, it has been a commendable ride, Mr. Duncan. Thank you for the great memories, but most of all, thank you for your great attitude on the court!

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7/7/16 – It “hurts” Cristiano Ronaldo to see Lionel Messi cry

Their rivalry is legendary in the game of soccer, but their great respect for one another is equally mutual. Still, not everyone believes it, so when Cristiano Ronaldo said it “hurt” to see Lionel Messi lose in the Copa America final, and to watch Messie announce that he would retire from Argentina’s national team, people were thinking, “Yeah, right, Ronaldo!”

“He has made a tough decision and people should understand,” Ronaldo said. “He is not accustomed to defeats and disappointments. Finishing second and missing a penalty does not make you a bad player. It hurts to see Messi in tears and I hope he returns to play for his country, because he needs it,” Ronaldo continued.

One author at Fox Sports writes, “Do any of us really think it hurt him to see Messi fall like that? Does Ronaldo really feel any sympathy for a guy who’s bested him so many times? Maybe that’s the case, but we should probably take his words with a Ballon d’Or sized grain of salt.”

Well, we did tell our viewers of Cristiano’s Brain Type long ago, so his sympathy comes as no surprise to us. After all, Ronaldo shares the same #9 FCAR design as boxing’s Oscar De La Hoya, or the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. As Niednagel writes in Brain Types and Parenting, “With a high does of Front-brained ‘extraversion,’ the FCAR feels concern for others and the need to help and affirm them.”  Perhaps, just perhaps, Ronaldo was doing just that. After all, Messie was in tears, and unless full of vengeance, Animates (especially CA ‘doves’) typically do not enjoy seeing others cry.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll notice we left out Messi’s Brain Type. That is because he is our new Guess Their Brain Type” test case. Head over there now, and we’ll reveal his inborn design on the 15th of this month. Good luck!

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7/5/16 – Jake Plummer and medical marijuana

He’s a #5 FEIR that Niednagel recommended to teams years ago. A great college player, he went on and did well in the pros before retiring. He was a bit wild, however, and a loose cannon at times, but could still play the game of football. We’re talking about Jake “The Snake” Plummer, and throughout his career he was never one to be bashful … and he still isn’t.

Medical marijuana has become a hot topic not only among the general populace, but professional sports. In football, it’s particularly at the forefront, as players seek to ease their chronic pains that this violent sport incurs. Many have come out in favor of marijuana use, and Jake is no exception. However, unlike these other players, he doesn’t mince his words.

“Like Jerry Jones, who says it’s ‘absurd’ that there would be a link between brain trauma, football and CTE,” says Plummer. “Shame on him for saying that, that billionaire [expletive]. It’s the worst thing in the world for a guy like that to say. That’s where we’re sitting; grown-[expletive] men are asked to go out there for millions of dollars — which, yeah, it’s a lot of money — bang themselves around and completely [expletive] their lives over for their 40s and 50s. So yeah, poor football players is what I say. If you’re a grown-[expletive] man, you should be allowed to make grown-[expletive] decisions.”

In other words, these grown men should be allowed to use marijuana if they want to, in his estimation. Plummer says they’re better than prescription pain killers.

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7/1/16 – The lovable Marcus Willis

He’s described as the “lovable underdog,” and after watching his interview, you can see why. Tennis’ Marcus Willis is one funny, down-to-earth guy, and yes, he’s a #13 FCIR. Marcus went up against fellow #13 FCIR Roger Federer Wednesday at Wimbledon, and beforehand he was bonkers, though realistic, about it. “I’m not sure he can play on grass, so that’s good,” he said sarcastically. “No, obviously it’s a dream come true. This is what I dreamed of when I was younger. I’m gonna go out there and try to win the tennis match. I probably won’t. I might not. I’m just gonna give everything like I have the last 7 matches.

“I’m still living with my parents at home. Living the dream,” he also says, to the crowd’s laughter.

As many #13s are, he’s also a bit superstitious. “I’ve been staying in the same hotel, eating the same meal every night. It’s killing me. But I’m gonna keep doing it.”

Willis lost 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 to Federer, but had a blast. “It was amazing, I wasn’t really that nervous – it was just awesome.”

Enjoy the interview.

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6/28/16 – Goodbye to the legendary Pat Summitt

Her eyes could seemingly pierce through one’s very soul, her glare bring the toughest player to tears. Yet, she was not a monster, but simply a #6 BEIR who knew the game of basketball like few others, becoming the winningest coach in the history of women’s college ball. We are talking about the female equivalent of Bobby Knight (#6), the legendary coach Pat Summitt, who sadly passed away on Tuesday after battling Alzheimer for 5 years. She battled the disease with “fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced,” her son, Tyler Summitt, said.

As Niednagel wrote years ago, BEIRs approach coaching as they do any other sporing interest – with unparalleled zeal and intensity They are master tacticians and attack the opposition as BEIR Norman Schwarzkopf did in Operation Desert Storm.”

Pat coached at Tennessee for a staggering 38 years, winning eight national titles and 1,098 games, the most by any Division 1 basketball coach, male or female. When she was first diagnosed with the disease, Pat approached with typical #6 determination. “This is not a pity party. We’re not going to sit here and feel sorry for Pat Summitt.”

A host of stars came out to pay their respects, one of which was football’s Deion Sanders (#5 FEIR), who Tweeted, “#RIP Pat Summit & Buddy Ryan, architects of their prospective sports. They epitomized hard work & tenacity. I pray Peace over their families.”

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6/27/16 – The death of Sean Rooks

It came as a shock to many. I’m heartbroken,” says Mark Cuban (#13 FCIR), owner of the Mavericks. “I literally just talked to him two weeks ago. He was such a good guy.

When I heard about it, it was shocking because he used to always get out there and play and shoot with us, says Ish Smith (#13). He’d always say, This is what a real shooting four is. And he could stroke it.

A few weeks ago saw the death of former NBA player Sean Rooks, the talented and competitive #6 BEIR who was coordinated as a big man. It was only hours after interviewing for an assistant-coaching job with the New York Knicks (meeting with #8 BEIL Jeff Hornacek and #16 BCIL Phil Jackson) that Rooks suddenly collapsed and died in a Philadelphia restaurant, according to reports. He was only 46 years old.

Off the court, Rooks was no mean and gritty #6, like some in the sports world. Rather, he was considered “a warm and engaging gentleman within the basketball community.”  Smith went on to say, “He was always caring. He loved his children … he was always, always challenging me to get those guys (players) going and keep them happy. If I keep them happy then they’re going to set screens for me, they’re going to rebound, they’re going to run the floor, they’re going to do everything it takes for our team to be successful.”

Yes, it certainly seems the #6 Rooks learned the art of tact and friendship to make for a better basketball team. He will be missed by many.

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6/20/16 – Goodbye to hockey’s graceful Gordie Howe

The world of hockey is one we rarely touch upon, but the NHL recently lost a true great when Gordie Howe passed away two weeks ago. Gordie was a unique #2 BEAR, and was one of the first hockey players to be able to “shoot the puck with his left and right hand equally strong, or with one hand and whip it up in the top corner. That’s how strong and powerful Gordie Howe was,” says Terrie Crisp, who played in the league from 1965 to 1977.

The New York Times wrote only this week:  He was a smooth-as-silk skater, a DiMaggio on the ice, effortless, it seemed. And yet he played all out, and played. In 17 seasons he never missed a game. In two other seasons he missed only one and yet he played his last 20 years with a permanent twitch as a result of a concussion. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/sports/hockey/gordie-howe-and-his-sons-were-the-power.html?_r=0

Do you recall BTI’s long-reported DiMaggio Brain Type? You guessed it, sports fans, not an uno, tres, or cuatro, but numero dos! No small wonder, genetically, that this NY Times comparison between Howe and DiMaggio is spot on. As all BT aficionados know, even a #2 who’s never played a minute of sports has the same inborn, Right brain dominant gross motor giftedness. Yet, it must be developed to bring out this latent beauty.

Howe set NHL records with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until a young player by the name of Wayne Gretzky (#6 BEIR) came along. Gretzky tweeted that Howe was the “greatest hockey player ever and the nicest man he ever met.” Howe was indeed kind, soft spoken, and self-effacing, true to his inborn design (though we needn’t remind readers of the those #2s who are a bit more arrogant largely due to nurture). People in Michigan flocked to his funeral to pay their respects, and “to talk to those in line was to realize that Gordie Howe must have met everyone in Michigan at some point. They all had a story.”

As another author put it, “On the ice, his game face fixed before the puck dropped, he was mean, fierce, unrelenting.” However, “off the ice, he was everyone’s favorite uncle. Built like a boxer, he was startlingly polite, humble, self-deprecating, and gracious. He smiled all the time.”

And lastly, “Gordie Howe was a singular talent, imbued with a grace and dignity, a manner and serenity all equally unique as his playing excellence.”

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6/13/16 – Lebron James and Draymond Green get heated

Lebron James and Draymond Green share more than just the same jersey number (23). They share the same #1 FEAR Brain Type, and in game 4 things got heated between the two, leading to a suspension for Greene and technical foul for James. “As the Warriors created separation down the stretch Friday night, tempers flared when James attempted to blow up a screen Green was setting for point guard Stephen Curry (#13 FCIR). The two then exchanged words after Green fell to the floor and appeared to make contact with James’ groin area.”

There’s that groin area again.

Anyway, Green later commented that it came down to disrespect. “James stepped over me and I felt like that was disrespectful. I don’t disrespect you on the court. Don’t disrespect me. There’s no love lost. It is what it is. It’s a battle out there. I’m going to battle with whoever it is.”  James, in turn, went on to say, “Draymond just said something that I don’t agree with. I’m all cool with the competition. I’m all fine with that, but some of the words that came out of his mouth were a little bit overboard. Being a guy with pride, a guy with three kids and a family, things of that nature, some things just go overboard, and that’s where he took it, and that was it.”

After Green’s karate kick to the groin of Steve Adams (#13 FCIR) a few weeks back, perhaps it’s best he does sit out to learn a small lesson. The Warriors are now up 3-2 in the series, and could close it out tonight.

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6/8 – The legacy of Muhammad Ali

He was the most widely-known #1 FEAR on planet earth. He jabbed with his mouth, and with his fists, but which was quicker is difficult to say. Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) was a boxer, a civil rights protagonist, and simply “The Greatest,” but after three decades of battling Parkinson’s, the machine of a man could not dodge the final curtain, as Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications. He was 74 years old.

In every way, Ali was the quintessential #1 Brain Type, most notably seen in his amazing body control and dexterity. Remember that the FEAR potentially has the quickest reacting gross motor skills, and their vision is uncanny (among the top 2 BTs). Ali’s first boxing coach, Joe Martin, saw him win AAU titles, Golden Glove Championships, and his Olympic gold medal, stating, “His secret was his unusual eye speed. It was blinding… when he started fighting, Cassius was so fast with his eyes that you could give a guy a screen door and he wouldn’t hit Cassius 15 times with it in 15 rounds. He was different. Quick as lighting for a big man, the quickest I ever saw.”

Want to take a peak at his quickness? Watch the video below showing Ali dodging 23 punches in 10 seconds.



As stated earlier, Ali had a knack for talking, often in verse, and it earned him the dismissive nickname “the Louisville Lip.” As a boy, we also see a glimpse of his verbal, fun-loving nature. “He was just a playful person. He had a lot friends. We’d eat in the cafeteria, and he’d come in and crack his jokes and say little silly things and have all the table laughing.”

Old-timers may well remember Ali’s loss to Joe Frazier (#6 BEIR) back in the early 70s in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd. Titled, “the fight of the century,” the match went 15 rounds, and it was Ali’s first defeat as a pro. They met again in 1974, however, where Ali won in a unanimous decision, making him the lead challenger for the heavyweight title.

Of course, one of the #1‘s greatest pitfalls can be their need for attention, fame, and being noticed. “I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” he wrote in an essay in 2009. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.” While there is certainly nothing wrong with believing you can accomplish something with hard work and discipline (which Ali certainly did), it’s always good to remember the word’s of “The Greatest” king to have ever lived, Solomon. “A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.”

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