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Mangini Likes His Tunes: This Style is Music to our Ears

Eric Mangini hopes that his new regiments in minicamp will pave the way towards that wonderful trophy pictured above in the next few years. It is a long road, but what's a few more years in the lives of some of us most patient fans in sports?

Mangini's music has helped create a new atmosphere at on-field workouts. The music is not constant, however, it is loud, varied and strategically played at certain times at the direction of the Sheriff. The players seem to enjoy it as several, including our Left Tackle Pro Bowler Joe Thomas, have expressed a preference for certain styles of tunes. Mangini is largely responsible for the playlist, although he has said that he is open to suggestions.

Music is nothing new to professional sports. It has long been recognized as a good source of motivation for athletes of all shapes and sizes. The link below includes a good piece about motivation with an excerpt on music as a tool to improve passion and spirit.

Mangini is somewhat unique, though, because he is not using the tunes simply for the ordinary purposes: avoid boredom during practice, simulate noise during game situations especially on the road, and to improve communications between players. He is also employing the music to specifically motivate his players to work harder and get more out of the drills themselves, in other words, to run faster, corner tighter, throw farther, hit harder, and so on. The science of sports, if there is such a thing, recognizes the utility of that approach. Even if it is all hocus pocus, at least Mangini has brought some passion and excitement to camp.

Hey Eric: no Queen for now - let's not get carried away. We can play that tune in a few years.

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