sports psychologist & clinical psychology

NEW 10 MONTH STUDY WILL DETERMINE BEST SUPER BOWL TEAM

Feb 20, 2007 – For Immediate Release

Was it the Steelers, Redskins, Raiders or Cowboys? New 10-Month Study to Determine the Most Dominant Team in Super Bowl History. Weekly Game Reports Begin Sunday February 25 with the 1967 Clash Between Packers and Chiefs.

Who says football is over? The Biggest entertainment and sporting event in America just got a little better. Dr. John F. Murray, a Palm Beach based clinical and sport performance psychologist (aka the “Football Freud” by the Washington Post), will use his popular Mental Performance Index (MPI) scoring system and share analyses of every play in Super Bowl history in an ongoing 41 week study to determine the winner of the Super Bowl of Super Bowls.

One game report and summary will be provided for each game in history at http://www.MentalPerformanceIndex.com. Ratings begin on Sunday, February 24, with the Green Bay versus the Kansas City game of 1967, and all game reports will be presented in chronological order thereafter, one game a week. Analyses will determine the most dominant team of all time, and how the 82 teams compared in many other categories including best pressure performing team, best offense, best defense, best special teams unit and more.

Palm Beach, FL (PRWeb) February 20, 2007 — The inventor of the Mental Performance Index(TM) (MPI(TM)), Dr. John F. Murray, who has accurately forecast team performance in the past five Super Bowls in the national media (by including mental factors in scoring) is embarking on a new 41-week study to determine the winner of the Super Bowl of Super Bowls. His data will be used to determine which team was the most dominant in the 41 year history of the Super Bowl.

This applies to all sports really, said Murray, and the established accuracy of the MPI is a great way to showcase the importance of psychological factors in performance.
Beginning February 25, he will present MPI statistics and game summaries at http://www.MentalPerformanceIndex.com with one game report every Sunday for 41straight weeks. ” What is exciting about this study is not only that the MPI is more accurate than a final score in rating overall team performance, but that it standardizes scoring on a scale of .000 to 1.000 so that any team can be compared against any other team in history,” said Murray.

Debates rage every year about which team was the best ever. “Whether the most dominant Super Bowl team was the perfect-season Miami Dolphins of 1972, Bradshaw’s Steelers, Montana’s Forty-Niners, Jimmy Johnson’s Cowboys or the Brady’s Patriots of recent years will be made crystal clear in this study. It should also be fun for the diehard football fan who is upset about the season ending and cannot wait for the Fall.”

Dr. Murray’s Super Bowl forecast for 2007 reached near perfection, and the pre-game report was published in a headline front page story of the Palm Beach Daily News at: http://www.smarttennis.com/pbdailynewsfrontpage020407.htm. As Dr. Murray predicted, the Colts won easily and performed better than the Bears in all 7 MPI categories and especially in pressure situations.

Dr. Murray has long asserted that coaches minimize the importance of the mental game at their own peril by not evaluating mental performance or training mental skills as seriously as they should. “This applies to all sports really, said Murray, and the established accuracy of the MPI is a great way to showcase the importance of psychological factors in performance.”

For the past five years of the NFL playoffs, the 45-year-old Ph.D. has entered data into his computer program by assigning points on each play for “focused execution,” “pressure management,” and “reduction of mental errors.” Scoring at .600 on the MPI is excellent,” said Murray, but that is still a long way from perfection.” As NFL coach Herman Edwards once said, “On every play somebody screws up.”

Many good football coaches encourage their teams to place their focus on one play at a time. The MPI measures how well a team does this. Its power comes from the number of plays in a game (approximately 150) and the inclusion of mental factors in the scoring. While MPI scores almost always predict to game outcome, the scores show which teams are performing better, in precisely which specific areas, and regardless of which team won. This gives coaches great insight before their upcoming games. They are able to more clearly see not only how their own team is performing, but to anticipate the fine differences, strengths and weaknesses of their opponents in a scoring system that standardizes performance like a baseball batting average.

The MPI accurately forecast the blowout upset win by Tampa Bay over Oakland four years ago (in Arizona Republic), and forecast “extremely close games” the next two years, beating the official spread each of the first 3 years it was used and broadcast in the national media. Last year, in its 4th public use, the MPI accurately forecast that Seattle would perform better on offense and defense and worse on special teams than the Pittsburgh Steelers. The MPI indeed showed that Seattle would perform better, but for the first time in the 4 Super Bowls, the lower performing team on the MPI won the game primarily due to three rare big plays that altered the outcome. There was also some heavy criticism about the referees. This shows that sometimes even the best data available will occasionally not predict outcome … even while predicting to performance as the MPI has done each of the previous four years. Since the Colts won by more than the official spread of 7.5 points, the MPI forecast has beaten the official spread 4 of the first 5 years.

The MPI has been featured by ESPN The Magazine (December, 2002) and Murray has appeared on hundreds of radio and television stations to discuss the MPI and sport psychology. Last year, Dr. Murray discussed the MPI on ESPN Canada, ABC television in West Palm Beach and CBS television in Sacramento. Previous appearances include Westwood One national radio, ESPN Radio affiliates (e.g., Dallas, TX and Blacksburg, VA), Ron Jacober’s award winning “Sports on Sunday Morning” on KMOX in St. Louis, Mo., numerous radio programs in Canada, and Bloomberg Radio. He made multiple media appearances leading up to the game this year and his system was featured in the Los Angels Times and on the front page of the Palm Beach Daily News … See Story Here among many others.

Murray provides lectures, mental coaching, and sport psychology services to athletes and teams in many sports and he has worked with NFL players. He authored “Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental Game,” endorsed by Lindsay Davenport, and Vincent Spadea credited Murray for helping him overcome the longest losing streak in tennis history. Dr. Murray just returned from the Australian Open where he was the official coach of Vincent Spadea who got his first win in eight years of this tournament.

The weekly MPI reports on every play and game in Super Bowl history will be available beginning on February 25 at the website: http://www.MentalPerformanceIndex.com

Dr. Murray is available for interviews.

John F. Murray, PhD
Licensed Sport Psychologist
340 Royal Poinciana Way Suite 339J
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Telephone: 561-596-9898
Web: http://www.JohnFMurray.com

Dr. John F. Murray is a sports psychologist and clinical psychologist providing sports psychology and counseling services based in Palm Beach, Florida.

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