Mouthpiece Can Help Your Golfgame? Yeah, Right

Imagine a dental appliance that could improve athletic performance. It sounds ludicrous, doesn’t it? Well, don’t laugh, because a mouthguard invented by a Nova Scotia dentist is gaining popularity as a panacea for athletes who rely on focus for results. Now two golfers who use the Pure Power Mouthguard — PGA Tour members Scott McCarron and Steve Elkington — have signed endorsement deals with the company to have its logo emblazoned on their bags and make the eponymous corporate appearances that come with such celebrity endorsement contracts.

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(Manny Ramirez chomps on one, but do you need a PPM?)

The customized mouthguard was developed by Dr. Anil Makkar, who designed the device for a fisherman who was suffering from extreme headaches. According to this archived story from the READING EAGLE, Makkar was inspired to broaden the scope of his device’s use when the fisherman came back reporting increased strength when lifting lobster traps while using the mouthguard. Naturally, that got Makkar thinking, and after tweaking the device, he started pushing the Pure Power Mouthguard on athletes.

“Who would ever believe,” Makkar said, “that putting something in your mouth and getting the right jaw position would produce all these effects?”

Well, we wouldn’t, for one. Makkar claims there’s legitimate science behind the device, but we’re not convinced that wearing a mouthguard can really improve performance that much. What, are McCarron and Elkington suddenly going to drive the ball 100 yards farther because they’re chomping on a mouthpiece? They going to start making the puts that keep them in 10th place at the Honda Open?

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Can US Ryder Cup Team Win One For The Tiger?

Publicly, Tiger Woods is saying there is no chance he will be attending this weekend’s Ryder Cup matches in Kentucky, even as a spectator. The DAILY TELEGRAPH is reporting that Woods might be planning a surprise appearance to give a speech and fire the team up. The question I have is simple: Why would that matter?

Ryder Cup team

Last time I checked, Tiger was on the last Ryder Cup team, the one that was blown out by the same record margin as the team in 2002. Hey, Tiger was on that team too? I thought he never lost, ever. If having him actually play last time (and earn a third of the team’s points) wasn’t enough, how much of a difference is him giving a “rah-rah” speech going to make?

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Candice Houlihan Now Dubbed The ‘Yankee Skank’

A-Rod’s stripping seductress Candice Houlihan reports that some Red Sox fans have now christened her the “Yankee Skank“.

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• Reserve infielder Tony Pena Jr. might be the perfect antidote to the Royals’ pathetic pitching woes.

• The Boston writer who broke the story on the Pats’ videotaping the Rams before the Super Bowl is apparently now out of a job.

Charles Barkley helps out a busboy working his way through college.

• It only took 34 years for anyone to notice the scoring error etched on the Steelers’ NFL Championship rings.

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Faldo Recruits Maiden Drummer To Help With Irons

I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t read it myself: The SUN (UK) reports that European Ryder Cup team captain Nick Faldo is bringing in Iron Maiden drummer (and golf nut) Nicko McBrain to “help motivate the team.”

Eddie and Nick Faldo

The SUN’S Gordon Smart apparently caught Faldo mentioning it during his work commentating on the British Open for the BBC.

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