“I like a caffeine-induced euphoria”

In the annals of absurd reasons for athletes to miss time, this is one of them.

Illinois forward Matthew Mayer returned to practice Wednesday after skipping the past two days of practice. It turns out he was sidelined due to “caffeine poisoning.”

Let Mayer explain it to you.

“I’ve actually been sick the past few days,” Mayer told reporters on Wednesday. “I had caffeine poisoning. I literally had six monsters the day of the game. I only had one before but five after because I like a caffeine induced euphoria to play video games.

“I could hardly get out of bed the next day. It was basically like a caffeine hangover. So this is my first day of practice since then.”

That sounds like a premiere.

Luckily for Mayer and Illinois, the “caffeine poisoning” didn’t cost him any playing time. He played in Sunday’s loss to Ohio State, where he had 11 points, three rebounds and two blocks – while a monster drinks energy. The game ended at 12 PM ET, giving Mayer plenty of time to defeat five more monsters before and during the sounds like a video game marathon once he got back to Champaign.

It is unclear what video game he was playing. Just like its results.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 18: Illinois Fighting Illini forward Matthew Mayer (24) looks on during the Continental Tire Main Event Tournament college basketball game between the UCLA Bruins and the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2022 at T-Mobile Arena to in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Matthew Mayer may want to avoid caffeine consumption. (Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It sounds like Mayer has made a full recovery and is ready to get back to work. And that’s good. A tough home game against a Michigan team fighting for their NCAA tournament life awaits Thursday ahead of Sunday’s season finale in No. 5 Purdue.

Illinois is projected to be an NCAA tournament team, but it would be in its own best interest not to play in a Big Ten tournament on a three-game losing streak. Mayer is a starter averaging 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Illinois needs it at its best without the caffeine.

https://sports.yahoo.com/illinois-f-matthew-mayer-cites-caffeine-poisoning-from-video-game-binge-for-missed-practice-i-like-a-caffeine-induced-euphoria-231547734.html?src=rss “I like a caffeine-induced euphoria”


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