The Super Bowl is this Sunday and Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks corner back has created a media firestorm with his comments after their win in the NFC Championship game over the San Francisco 49ers. As with most sports, emotion and passion is on display during each game. Was this post game interview just a cocky player talking smack to his opponents or was it a testosterone induced rant?
Testosterone and the Super Bowl
Winning equals higher testosterone
A study conducted by a graduate student at the University of Utah found that testosterone levels rise in the fans of winning teams. Just watching your favorite sports team compete stimulates testosterone surges similar to those experienced by the players themselves. While this study didn’t look at players and their testosterone levels while playing, or soon after the game, you have to speculate that their testosterone levels are at an even higher level than just the fans watching the game on TV.
The effect is even more positive when your team wins. You receive many of the testosterone boosting benefits of an NFL player without the risk of injury, so it really is a winning situation. If you’re an extremely loyal fan, you can experience a rise in testosterone simply by anticipating an upcoming game.
Losing equals low testosterone
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the effects of your team losing a game. Even being a half-hearted fan instead of a die-hard loyal can lower your testosterone. During a normal day, your testosterone levels peak shortly after you wake up and decrease as the day goes on. Add into that equation watching a game where your team loses and your testosterone sinks lower than your basement “man cave.”
If you take a look at the bench of the losing team you can also see this phenomenon as heads are lowered and conversations are muted as the losing team heads to the locker room.
Regardless of if you think Richard Sherman is a pompous jerk or was just passionate after earning a Super Bowl berth, it’s obvious that testosterone levels play a major part in sports and not just for the fans and spectators. Players get an even bigger rush when their team wins and a bigger low when they lose.
Who are you cheering for this weekend? Peyton Manning and the Broncos or the recently vilified Seahawks? It should be a great game.. and I can’t wait till the post game interview with Richard Sherman I the Seahawks win! It could be much better than the winning QB saying they are going to Disneyland.