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Game results can have negative health impact

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Game results can have negative health impact
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It's a big weekend for sports fans with the Syracuse game against Duke, and the Super Bowl. As Brad Vivacqua tells us, the outcome of a game can have a negative impact on your health.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's a big weekend if you're a Syracuse basketball fan, or an NFL football fan.

On Saturday, the Orange battle Duke in the Dome for the first clash of the new ACC rivals.

"All eyes are on the game and everyone's calendar has been marked for a while, and now it's here," said Jack Moriarty, a Syracuse University student.

If the Orange lost, it would be disappointing for many people.

"I would be devastated if they lost, because it would ruin our record," said Nicki Wergiles, a Syracuse University student.

However, one expert reminds sports fans to relax if the Orange lose, or if our Super Bowl pick doesn't win.

"There's a direct relationship between how close the game was, and the closer the game, the team that lost, there's more heart attacks," said Dr. Kevin Antshel.

He is a sports psychology expert and says studies show close game losses make fans more susceptible to heart attacks, binge eating, or traffic accidents after a game.

"With a surge of testosterone, people are attempting to assert their dominance, and they make more impulsive and reckless decisions," explained Antshel.

There's not too many people who think Syracuse will fall to Duke on Saturday, but if it should happen, experts remind you to not get bent out of shape.

"It really is a game that you don't have a lot of control over, and I think the more you remind yourself of that, the better things will be," said Antshel.

Morarty added, "The outcome is a big factor, but I have faith they can pull it off and fans aren't too disappointed."

Although fans can hope for the best, it's important to remember that it's only a game. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP