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02-23-2013, 03:41 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North Jersey
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Its definitely mental. Richards was never that great physically anyway.
His strength has always been his hockey IQ, and hes overthinking and trying to do too much right now. With that, come boneheaded passes and turnovers.
He looks old out there? He looked old out there last year.
That's fine, and I agree Brad has always relied on his hockey IQ, the problem is when you get older being out of shape can hinder you very quickly, and you can no longer rely on just your instincts and intelligence alone out there. Physically you have to stay on top of your conditioning as you get older, if you don't it's something that can make you age even faster in sports.
Being in ok shape or even out of shape when your 25 or 27 is not preferred but is doable, but as you start getting into your 30's as an athlete you better start watching what you eat and commit yourself to a workout regime to stay on par with some of the younger bodies around the league. As far as I'm concerned with an older athlete if you're not trying to get ahead, you're essentially falling behind.
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