The great ones are the ones that don’t miss starts. That’s the key to being a top-of-the-rotation guy. A lot of guys have talent. The great ones have a presence–a very self-assured presence. That combination is fairly rare.
Manasquan, NJ (Vocus) April 14, 2010
For pitchers and quarterbacks, the situation is the same. When crunch time arrives, when the game (and the season) is hanging in the balance, you’re the guy with the ball. You’re the guy in the spotlight who has to make something good happen. Both Tommy Hanson and Joe Flacco passed this test with flying colors last year. And now, in 2010, both have made the transition from promising rookie to established team leader on franchises that are going to be in the hunt for championship trophies. Both have also parlayed their success into roles as spokespersons for their favorite highly nutritious, gourmet-quality meal, the Supreme Protein® bar.
For Tommy Hanson, coming of age as a superstar in the National League meant posting a 2.89 ERA and 11-4 overall record in just 20 starts last year, an accomplishment that led to him finishing third in the Rookie of the Year voting. Quarterback Joe Flacco came to a Baltimore team that had fallen on hard times in recent years. But those times are forgotten now that Flacco has led the upstart Baltimore team deep into the playoffs twice in his two years at the helm of one of professional football’s most potent offenses.
If you had to pinpoint the one moment where Tommy Hanson truly arrived as the ace of his staff, a good choice might be his mid-season start against the Boston Red Sox. Sick with a 104-degree fever just the night before the game, Hanson showed up at the stadium the next morning and pitched six shutout innings against one of the best offensive teams in the league. His pitching coach, Roger McDowell, would later say, “The great ones are the ones that don’t miss starts. That’s the key to being a top-of-the-rotation guy. A lot of guys have talent. The great ones have a presence–a very self-assured presence. That combination is fairly rare.”
Hanson is certainly no stranger to coming up big in physically demanding situations. He credits his remarkable ability to stay strong, healthy, and at the top of his game to a strict, nutritionally powerful dietary regimen that features his favorite protein bar, Supreme Protein®.
"Supreme Protein® bars are by far the best tasting protein bar that I’ve ever eaten,” he say. “In all honesty, they taste better then candy bars. With my demanding schedule, I need plenty of high quality protein to help keep me strong and speed recovery. Supreme Protein® bars are a quick, easy, and GREAT tasting way to get exactly what I need.”
Joe Flacco, meanwhile, has developed a reputation as a quarterback who gets better as the season progresses. As teams and athletes fade under the building pressure of a long season, the Baltimore QB’s tremendous staying power and focus become all the more evident. In 2009, Flacco completed 315 of 499 passes (a stellar 63.1 percentage) with 21 TDs as he led his team to its third playoff win in his two seasons. This year, Baltimore is a consensus favorite to progress even further, and Joe Flacco is a big reason for that optimism.
“It’s a long season and you have to perform at an optimal level,” Flacco says. “Since I started eating Supreme Protein® bars, my stamina and overall strength have really gone through the roof. I’ll eat a Supreme Protein® bar before a practice or game and at halftime too, to ensure I have the fuel I need to finish strong. The taste of these bars is just phenomenal; they taste better than candy and each is a perfect high-quality protein meal. You can’t beat that."
Of course, with the Major League Baseball season now underway, and NFL summer camps rapidly approaching, both superstars are going to need every dietary and physical edge they can get. With the help of Supreme Protein®, both of these men with the “golden arms” may find themselves hoisting championship trophies when 2010 is over.