Pickle juice doesn't cramp BYU football players' style


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  • WWJD
    Aug. 12, 2010 11:00 a.m.

    we were downing pickle juice in practice and during games back in 1992. i don't remember anyone telling me why when i asked, but it worked. i'm glad to see some science being applied to the idea.

  • SportzFan
    Aug. 12, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    Cosmo's Cousin | 9:08 p.m. Aug. 10, 2010
    Pickle juice just might be the Blue's secret weapon that will push us over the edge to beat them Utes!

    just like last year.

  • SportzFan
    Aug. 12, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    Otis Spurlock | 8:06 p.m. Aug. 10, 2010
    Sorry, I know I said I would give BYU a break for a while, but:

    What is sour and green with envy?


    It's not pickle juice. It's BYU Fans.


    From the person who spends half his get-a-life trolling BYU articles...

  • SportzFan
    Aug. 12, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    Chris B | 7:08 p.m. Aug. 10, 2010
    tds players complaining of cramps? And I thought men played football

    Which explains why you've never played.

  • montare
    Aug. 11, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Much more palatable and surprisingly effective: 1 gram of natural sea salt (local brand is Real Salt, you can get sample packets that are super easy to carry around) on your tongue, then chase it with a swig of water. Cramps go away super fast, and taking it pre-emptively I haven't cramped in 3 years. As a cyclist I used to cramp all the time--real salt has been a life saver!

  • chuckie
    Aug. 11, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    Howard S

    Must be fun playing sports from your couch...


    Make a point....

  • Howard S.
    Aug. 11, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    Pickle juice must be cheaper than gator aid.

    Mid-majors have to save money anyway they can.

  • utahcountyute
    Aug. 11, 2010 4:52 p.m.


    The article was on pickle juice, if that's not edifying I don't what is.

    btw...Lavell is no longer the coach :)

  • Master Ute
    Aug. 11, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    Wow Max, that's pretty clever. Maybe you should go to a commuter school too so that you can learn the difference between loose and lose?

    I've got one question for you as well.
    How many of the last eight has TDS won?

  • Max for President
    Aug. 11, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    What do you call a group of girls that call living in their parents basement "a commuter school," who loose 3 out of 4 games to a team they STILL think they are better than?

    Give it up! Yewtah you are pathetic.

  • Flaming Liberal
    Aug. 11, 2010 2:14 p.m.


  • Utes 31 Tide 17
    Aug. 11, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    Looks like BYU is more a research institution than we all thought.

  • hedgelog
    Aug. 11, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    pass the pickles!

  • defibman
    Aug. 11, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    Someone needs to patent a name and market this stuff.

  • bgl
    Aug. 11, 2010 11:19 a.m.

    I wish the whole topic of pickle juice, as it pertains to sports--would just go away. It's tired and sort of lazy journalism.

  • Buhler
    Aug. 11, 2010 10:10 a.m.

    @ Manaen.

    No they have been using pickle juice for over 10 years and Elder Bednar's talk used an anaolgy about the conversion from a cucumber to a pickle.

  • CaseyA
    Aug. 11, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    Pickle juice is not a novel concept for dealing with cramps. I have seen it used in many places and in many sports. I will have to try the "swishing it around your mouth" thing because drinking it sometimes hurts your stomach.

  • manaen
    Aug. 11, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    Was this the context of Elder Bednar's talk about pickles and cucumbers in GenCon 4/2007?

  • Reasonable Person
    Aug. 11, 2010 9:41 a.m.

    So if it's merely the acetic acid that has the effect, just use vinegar.

    But "pickle juice" is so much BYcuter.

  • holybovine
    Aug. 11, 2010 9:39 a.m.

    When you're in a pickle....

  • Midwest Mom
    Aug. 11, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    Downing a fast-food packet of mustard can do the same thing. Still gross, but much more portable, and you can wash the mustard down with water.

  • Cosmo
    Aug. 11, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    Not only that, but the pickle breath will stun the defenders and allow the BYU running backs to burn that school up North!

    Just think of banging helmets with a guy with nasty pickle breath! Awesome!

    Goooooo COUGARS!

  • EdGrady
    Aug. 11, 2010 8:47 a.m.

    I've heard that pickle juice also helps a team cover the opponent's tight ends. Give it a shot Utes - it certainly couldn't hurt!

  • Flashback
    Aug. 11, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    I heard about this years ago. I officiate sports and I drink pickle juice before each and every contest. I've only cramped up once in the last five years.

  • pocyUte
    Aug. 11, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    amen to Howard and LMB, How many times do we have to hear this one?

  • SLCWatch
    Aug. 11, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    Edify-Definition: to build up, establish, or strengthen a person, institution, etc.; to uplift
    Dear posters, Please ask yourself if you actually edify anyone or anything when writing these posts. Can you say you have a positive influence in this world or are you only contributing a negative emptiness. I hope some of these writers would learn baiting with or being drawn into a morass of innuendo, putdowns or self aggrandizing diatribe does not contribute to anyones edification. Throwing dirt on someone else just means you are digging a deeper hole for your self. And when you find your self in a hole of contempt, bitterness and cynicism...the first thing you need to do is stop digging. If you get bit by a rattlesnake, don't hunt the snake, get the poison out...ignore the negative spewers, don't respond to them, don't reecognize them, don't feed negatives back into the system.
    Since Lavell Edwards became headcoach I have watched BYU achieve greatness. I have seen hardtimes and great times for this team. It's the team I support because of what they want to be not what they have achieved. Tradition, Spirit, Honor.

  • SLC gal
    Aug. 11, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    This has to be one of the weirdest things I have ever heard of, but I guess whatever floats their boat?

  • Mayfair
    Aug. 11, 2010 7:33 a.m.

    I'm surprised Vlasic, Claussen, or some other pickle company doesn't jump on this as a selling point or an ad campaign!

  • Monsieur le prof
    Aug. 11, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    This seems too obvious, but the Gatorade bottle is labeled "Picklejuice" so as to make it readily identifiable.
    Sports drinks are actually more beneficial after the game or practice rather than during it.

  • PAC man
    Aug. 10, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    Looks like the BYU haters are having so much fun rolling around in the pickle juice that we should just leave them alone.

    The last BYU fan should cork the barrel as you leave.

  • Howard S.
    Aug. 10, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    Pickle juice... Ummm.... who woulda thought?

    This story is so cute... and it never gets old even after the 10th or 12th time the DN resurrects it.

  • Cosmo's Cousin
    Aug. 10, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Pickle juice just might be the Blue's secret weapon that will push us over the edge to beat them Utes!

  • Otis Spurlock
    Aug. 10, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    Sorry, I know I said I would give BYU a break for a while, but:

    What is sour and green with envy?


    It's not pickle juice. It's BYU Fans.

  • cougsrock
    Aug. 10, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    Pickle is well known to aleviate cramps. Gatoraid keepes a person hydrated. Hedgehog, your posts are classic. Dosen't sound like a Utah fan to me. I think this gal as some class.

  • LMBCougarFan!
    Aug. 10, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    So how many stories have been written about this topic now?

  • jazzbball
    Aug. 10, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    Hedgehog: does your day consist of waking up, checking for BYU articles
    To criticise, eat, check again, sleep, check again..... watch tv... check again...
    And then again the next day?
    Its getting pretty funny...
    You and Chris B.....

  • Chris B
    Aug. 10, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    tds players complaining of cramps? And I thought men played football

  • mattman1
    Aug. 10, 2010 6:57 p.m.


    In the article it stated, "stops muscle cramps faster than sports drinks and more effectively than water alone." They have a Gator-Aid bottle in the picture.

  • jazzbball
    Aug. 10, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    You must not read the whole article, Question.

  • hedgehog
    Aug. 10, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    Sara Hartley MUST be a Utah fan.... This is a classic.

  • Question
    Aug. 10, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    Have they ever heard of Gator-aid?