Archive for June, 2011

‘How The New York Times Is Fumbling the National Sports Concussion Scandal’ (full text from Beyond Chron)

Published June 6th, 2011, Uncategorized

[originally published 6/3/11 at http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/How_the_New_York_Times_Is_Fumbling_the_National_Sports_Concussion_Scandal_9229.html]   How The New York Times Is Fumbling the National Sports Concussion Scandal by Irvin Muchnick In a January New Yorker article on the concussion crisis in football, writer Ben McGrath quoted Pittsburgh neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon speaking admiringly of Alan Schwarz, the New York Times reporter who created this beat […]

ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ Seems to Have Its Limits in Covering Football Scandals

Published June 5th, 2011, Uncategorized

On Twitter, Alex Marvez, the sharp lead pro football columnist for FoxSports.com, points to an intriguing story by the blogger “SPORTSbyBROOKS” on a cover-up by ESPN’s usually excellent investigative program, Outside the Lines, regarding network personality Mel Kiper’s questionable involvement in a summer 7-on-7 football program, an activity banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. […]

NFL Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson Had Alzheimer’s at Age 59

Published June 5th, 2011, Uncategorized

John Henry Johnson, a running back from the 1950s and 60s who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died at 81. The San Francisco Chronicle obituary is at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/05/SP5L1JPQ0R.DTL. According to the article, Johnson was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1989. In 1989, John Henry Johnson was 59 years old.   Irv […]

How The New York Times Is Fumbling the National Sports Concussion Scandal … today at Beyond Chron

Published June 3rd, 2011, Uncategorized

In a January New Yorker article on the concussion crisis in pro football, writer Ben McGrath quoted Pittsburgh neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon speaking admiringly of Alan Schwarz, the New York Times reporter who created this beat and more recently was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Schwarz, said Dr. Maroon, is “the Socratic gadfly in this whole […]

NFL Living CTE Victim Brent Boyd: ‘Where’s the Counseling? Where’s the Support?’

Published June 1st, 2011, Uncategorized

On the subject of what is being done on behalf of the untold number of former athletes who are walking around with serious brain injuries (though many are capable of doing little else), I caught up with Brent Boyd. Following the suicide of Dave Duerson, I told the full story of the confrontation between Boyd […]