What Do Scientists Say About Aaron Rodgers & Olivia Munn’s No-Nookie Gameday Routine?
December 13 / Henry McKenna / SportsGrid
We learned Friday that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his girlfriend Olivia Munn have lots of sex -- except on gameday. It's not a policy, but Rodgers and Munn are abstinent when Rodgers is getting up for football. Munn attributed their sexual temperance to Rodgers' laser-focus on footballs.
“I will say that all the good luck charms are on the field and in the stands so it has nothing to do with me,” she said, via US Weekly. “No we don’t. Not on game day. There’s not a rule, but it just doesn’t happen because there’s other things to focus on.”
So Rodgers doesn't appear to have the Muhammad Ali complex, where Ali feared sex might zap his performance. It's just that Rodgers has more important things to do on gameday.
Rodgers has been fantastic this season. But is it possible that sexual activity can stimulate better on-field performance? Could he be even better?
Juan Carlos Medina, general coordinator of the sports department at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, a Mexico university, told CNN an anecdote he'd heard about how common it was for elite soccer players to have sex prior to their matches -- even Pele.
"It helps you feel relaxed and sexually, mentally and physically satisfied," (Medina) said. "This contributes to reduce the athlete's anxiety levels before an important match."
"The Netherlands national soccer team, at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, is an example of this," Medina said.
"Another example is Elias Figueroa, a Chilean soccer player, who once said that his coach advised them to have sex the afternoon before an important game, and he even repeated the encounter after the match, because it was relaxing."
According to Medina, sex helps to distract the mind from the competition and that helps sweep away mental fatigue, which is more dangerous than physical fatigue.
"Even Pele confessed that he never suspended sexual encounters with his wife before a game, I mean, that thing about sex helping to relax is a verified truth," he said.
It seems, however, that gameday is all about confidence. And if we're throwing a yellow flag at this no-nookie situation, then the instant replay evidence in inconclusive. If Rodgers feels more confident when he doesn't mess with his routine -- which includes abstinence -- then so be it. Let the baller ball when he wants -- on and off the field.