Band wagon

Sports guys have their superstitions: former Astros infielder Craig Biggio, for instance, never washed his batting helmet until the season was over.

George Hill of the San Antonio Spurs wears something called a “balance bracelet,” and he swears by it. The rest of the team? Not so much:

“Have you heard of a placebo?” Manu [Ginobili] asked.

Hill didn’t follow.

“It’s a Spanish word,” Richard Jefferson chimed in, jokingly.

This might not matter so much, except that the manufacturer, a firm called Power Balance, is reported to be the high bidder for the naming rights to the (soon to be) former Arco Arena in Sacramento, so we may be hearing more about these little confidence-builders.


  1. McGehee »

    12 January 2011 · 9:25 am

    It would be ironic if they named the place after their product just in time for it to collapse in an (off-season, after-hours) earthquake.

  2. CT »

    12 January 2011 · 9:44 am

    Maybe Biggio could’ve use one of those bracelets, placebo or not. It might have kept him from getting beaned so much:

  3. fillyjonk »

    12 January 2011 · 12:05 pm

    “Have you heard of a placebo?” is so wonderful, on so many levels. I’m still chuckling about it.

  4. nightfly »

    13 January 2011 · 11:05 am

    Heh. So announcers will call the Power Balance Arena “the Placebo” for short. The only trouble is, watching Sacramento Kings basketball is unlikely to make anyone feel better, ever.

    Besides, didn’t I read something about the company being forced to admit that the silly things don’t actually have any clinically-proven health benefit?

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