The Ultimate Sports Tryptophan

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The Ultimate Sports Tryptophan
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Remember tryptophan?

It's that amino acid found in turkeys that people blame for the sleepy feeling they experience after every Thanksgiving dinner.

"It's the tryptophan!" your aunt crows as she lies on the couch. "It makes you sleepy!"

This is a misnomer, as it turns out. Tryptophan does not make you feel tired—eating pounds of rich food like a starving Kodiak bear makes you tired. And while the tryptophan myth doesn't hold up, the following sports phenomena have been scientifically linked to fatigue and/or sleepiness in fans.

These athletes, teams and occurrences are the tranquilizer darts of sports—and unlike tryptophan, they've proven their ability to put fans to sleep.

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