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]

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.