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Steroid-stained slugger Jose Canseco revives MLB dream

LAS VEGAS – Jose Canseco sits at one of the two long poker tables in the living room of his Las Vegas home, his massive biceps bulging through his tank top, and he’s ready to take a swing at any topic thrown at him.

His perceived banishment from the game? He’ll give you chapter and verse on that.

Regrets over writing the book that made him a pariah in baseball? Yes, plenty.

Do steroid users belong in the Hall of Fame? Hell, yeah, and there are some in there already.

His chances of one day managing in the majors? Better than zero.

Blowing through the $46 million he made as a player? It’s easier than you think.

His choice of attire – tank top and skull cap – on his TV appearances? Fans love it.

Through a good portion of his 52 years on this planet – and some may suggest he belongs in another one – Canseco has earned a reputation for speaking his mind, and he did so for more than an hour in an interview with USA TODAY Sports.

His outspoken nature is part of what made Canseco attractive to the Oakland Athletics and their TV partner, NBC Sports California, who hired him to do pre- and postgame analysis on 25 of the team’s games this season.

This is his first job in the majors since, he believes, being forced into early retirement after the 2001 season at age 37 when no team would offer him a contract, even at the minimum salary.

Canseco is convinced he could have played another five years but was blackballed from the game because of his strong links to performance-enhancing drugs, which he chronicled in the 2005 book Juiced. He went down swinging, accusing big stars like former teammates Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez and Jason Giambi of using steroids. Many of his claims were later confirmed.

Canseco didn’t envision the day he would return to baseball’s good graces – he doesn’t think his current gig meets that description – but the A’s saw their former slugger as a great fit for their needs.

Some advice for people taking finals

This is just stuff I’ve learned over the past, either from professors or from my own experiences. I hope this stuff helps!

-Don’t try to learn something you didn’t get earlier in the semester. For example, say in a physics class you didn’t get how to calculate the hinge force on a static problem. Don’t try to teach yourself to do it in just a few days time, you’re not going to get it. All that time you’re spending trying to learn how to calculate hinge forces, you could spend it studying the stuff you do know. The stuff you do know is all in your brain, all you have to do is refresh it. 

-Take breaks while studying. Don’t study for hours on end without taking breaks. The brain can only take in so much information before it reaches a maximum. Taking breaks lets your brain fully absorb the information that it had just taken in. One of the best studying methods is studying for 20-25 minutes at a time with 5 minutes breaks in between, and a longer break around 20 minutes every third break. It’s been studied to be the best method for studying.

-Make sure you eat something! This one is SUPER important! Going on nothing but fumes will hinder your ability to take in information. So make sure you are eating food throughout the day. Try to make it as healthy as you can, but I know that’s not always possible. The main point is to make sure your stomach is full. While I’m on the subject, 

-DRINK LOTS OF LIQUIDS! This one is right up there with eating, except way more important. I’m not talking about soda or energy drinks, I’m talking about water. You need to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water on you all the time, and make sure you’re drinking it! Keeping yourself hydrated will help your brain function at full capacity. If you can’t tolerate drinking plain water, then add some of those flavor enhancing drops to it. Juice is also really good, like orange juice or apple juice or something. V8 once in awhile is also beneficial

-GET SOME SLEEP! This one is even more important than eating. All-nighters are not a good idea. Sleeping lets your brain process the information it gathered the day before. It puts it into the long-term part of the memory. Not to mention the last thing you need is to fall asleep during your final and completely fail the test because you didn’t get any sleep the night before. Get enough sleep to activate REM sleep, so not just a couple hours. At least 5 hours the night before. When you’re fully awake, you function at your best. If you’re tired and yawning every five seconds, you are not going to perform your best. So, GET SOME SLEEP PEOPLE!

-It’s not the end of the world. This is something a lot of people forget. It’s not the end of the world if you fail a test, the only thing you can do is move on. If you fail the class, retake it! No one’s going to judge you, or look down on you. People learn at different rates, that is a fact. If you retake the class, then you’ll already have an advantage. You’ve taken it once already, and since you’re taking it again, you can really focus on the stuff you didn’t get before, and breeze through the topics you did get before. So, it’s not the end of the world if you fail a class. 

-Study the way you want to study. Everybody studies differently. It might take some time, but eventually you’ll find a way to study that works for you. Whether it’s color-coding or just reading everything several times, find something that works and works well. 

-Get some exercise. I’m not saying you should do a marathon or anything, but just get moving, get your blood pumping and moving up to your brain. Do some jumping jacks, run in place, go up and down the stairs a few times, put on some music and dance, just move! It’ll also help stretch out those muscles that have been doing nothing but sitting in a chair or on a bed for the past hour or two. 

-Go into the test thinking positively. In other words, strut into the test room feeling like a boss! Keep your head held high, walk confidently, and believe in yourself. If you go into a test thinking you’re going to fail, then that subconsciously makes you do worse because you feel like you don’t even need to try, since you know, you believe you’re going to fail. Believe you’re going to pass, you’ll feel better about yourself and thus you’ll do better on your test. 

So that’s it for my advice, I hope that this helps you guys going through finals either now or in the future. I wish all of you luck and I hope you get the grades you all want/need!