Fear and Hard Work Keep 40-Year-Old Jagr Ticking

Fear and Hard Work Keep 40-Year-Old Jagr Ticking

Jaromir Jagr turns 40 years young today and NHL.com caught up with the Flyers veteran to talk about what keeps him working so damn hard to be the absolute best player he can as his career winds down. We've heard about the legendary work ethic and extremely late night practice sessions Jags likes to employ, but I learned a few more nuggets that make me admire the future Hall of Famer even more.

For instance, having around the clock access to the Flyers training facility was written in to his contract with the orange and black. Basically, the guy didn't want to sign with a team that wouldn't allow him to work hard enough. Amazing.

He's also lives a very healthy lifestyle with no boozing or smoking. However, we do happen to have one thing in common with the hockey legend: he's addicted to Diet Coke. Even drinks it during games. Somebody get that guy an endorsement deal pronto.

The best part of the post by Adam Kimelman was when Jagr simply talks about what keeps him working so damn hard after all these years.

"You have to practice a lot harder. I know that," he said. "You've got
to love the game so much that even if you're tired, you still have to go
there. Sometimes I don't want to go run at night, but I know if I don't
do it, tomorrow I'm going to feel worse than I did the night before.
That's what's pushing me.

"When you don't fear anything and you think everything is going to be
OK, then what's the reason to do it? When there's fear that you're going
to feel a lot worse, that's pushing you. And I know if I don't do it
today, tomorrow's not going to get better. There may be a five-percent
chance you're going to feel better (by taking a day off), but there’s a
95-percent chance you're going to feel a lot worse ... and you still
have to do it the next day anyway. I understand that, and it's tough to
do that, especially when you struggle. You have to have the will to do
it, even if your body doesn't want to. You still have to push yourself
and work even harder. If I'm not able to push myself, I think I'm going
to quit. When you feel tired and you don't push yourself, it's time to
retire because you're not going to get better. There's no miracles.
You're not going to wake up the next day and feel 10 years younger."


I think Jack Nicholson said a beautiful women made him want to be a better man, but damn it if Jaromir Jagr doesn't inspire you to work a little harder.

>>Clean living and hard work secrets to Jagr's success [NHL]

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.