Jan 24, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Islanders backup goalie Rick DiPietro (39) stirs a cup of coffee on the bench against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Islanders beat the Maple Leafs 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Talking athletes’ mental health, media follies & the Cliche of the Week


The Sports Omnivore returns to take an unconventional look at the world of athletics.

Jan 24, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Islanders backup goalie Rick DiPietro (39) stirs a cup of coffee on the bench against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Islanders beat the Maple Leafs 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

City of Champions co-editor Matt Gajtka digs into issues from outside the arenas and stadiums in this week’s episode, starting with the mental health challenges of being an elite athlete. Recent comments from Michael Jordan and Rick DiPietro remind us of the difficulties competitors can have when the lights shut off, whether due to injury or retirement.

Also, the presence of Manti Te’o at the NFL Combine renews the discussion of major sports leagues’ readiness for gay athletes, but teams must be careful in their pre-draft screenings. Matt also asks if any publicity is good publicity for the NHL, plus he exposes the first Cliche of the Week!

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