Archive for August, 2011

‘Only Let Your Kids Play Football If You Also Let Them Box’

Published August 31st, 2011, Uncategorized

The headline of this post is also the rally cry of sports-talk radio host Dan Bernstein of WSCR in Chicago. Bernstein has drawn the line perfectly as the debate over concussions in football evolves into its public-health corollary. We all know that football is supposed to make kids tough and cool. The evidence grows and […]

Jerome Bettis Bus Makes a Stop at Concussion Inc.

Published August 30th, 2011, Uncategorized

Celebrity, commerce, and a false sense of awareness all intersect at the corner of former National Football League star Jerome Bettis and Dick’s Sporting Goods – for which Bettis has filmed a television commercial promoting the chain’s underwriting of Dr. Joseph Maroon’s dodgy ImPACT “concussion management” tests in schools. The August 14 New York Times […]

NFL Retirees’ ‘Legacy Fund’ Boost an Obvious Throwaway Line of Lockout-Ending CBA

Published August 29th, 2011, Uncategorized

Dissident National Football League retiree Dave Pear’s blog has more primary-source email exchanges among principals about the confused status of increased pensions for pre-1993 players as a result of the so-called Legacy Fund, which was negotiated into the recent collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association. Some of these equivocal words […]

How Did Ric Flair Fall Through the Cracks of WWE’s ‘Wellness Policy’ Cardio Screening?

Published August 29th, 2011, Uncategorized

Sad-sack pro wrestling legend Ric Flair – still slicing up his own forehead and taking “bumps” for other promotions in his 60s, three years after “retiring” from World Wrestling Entertainment and being inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame, and landing in deep debt– is the subject of a well-reported article at the sports website Grantland.com. See […]

Ralph Nader’s ‘League of Fans’ Calls for Youth Concussion Testing

Published August 26th, 2011, Uncategorized

A new Ralph Nader group called League of Fans – saying the sports world “must open eyes to compelling concussion research” – has called for mandatory neurocognitive testing for youth athletes. See http://leagueoffans.org/pdf/Manifesto5.pdf. Nader is something of a designated national scold, and I’m not sure how warmly the “fan base,” as they say, will embrace […]