Archive for October, 2011

Matt Chaney and Stefan Fatsis Add Value to the National Football Debate

Published October 27th, 2011, Uncategorized

Matt Chaney, the football-and-health polemicist who is very familiar to readers of this blog, and author of the fine book Spiral of Denial, is cited at length today in Stefan Fatsis’s contribution to the Slate-Deadspin NFL Roundtable. See “Why NFL Players Shouldn’t Trust The Test For HGH,” http://deadspin.com/5854014/why-nfl-players-shouldnt-trust-the-test-for-hgh. Candidly – and Matt and I have […]

Random Note on What the Free-Spendin’ Linda McMahon’s Money Buys

Published October 26th, 2011, Uncategorized

Almost exactly a year ago, weeks before the U.S. Senate election in Connecticut, in which Richard Blumenthal defeated Linda McMahon, someone emailed me, “I have a bet with a friend that after she loses we will never see her again politically.” Wrong! Linda McMahon is running again. And the someone who emailed me is now […]

‘How Federal Tax Dollars Rigged Sports Concussion Research — A Story the Senate Commerce Committee Won’t Tell’ … today at Beyond Chron

Published October 26th, 2011, Uncategorized

Led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, who evidently thinks bashing the Riddell Revolution football helmet video on YouTube is as American as Mom and apple pie, the Senate Commerce Committee last week held a two-hour hearing largely focused on how certain companies “are exploiting our growing concerns about sports concussions to market so-called ‘anti-concussion’ […]

Open Letter to Senator Boxer: Help Me Shake ImPACT Founder Mark Lovell’s Grant Applications Loose From NIH

Published October 25th, 2011, Uncategorized

BY FAX – 202-224-0454 Senator Barbara Boxer Dear Senator Boxer: As both a constituent of yours and a journalist investigating the national sports concussion crisis, I am disappointed that you did not respond to my request for comment yesterday on the report questioning whether Mark Lovell, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researcher and a […]

Senate Commerce Committee’s Sounds of Silence on ImPACT Concussion Software Founder Mark Lovell

Published October 25th, 2011, Uncategorized

I look forward to reading Mark Lovell’s National Institutes of Health grant applications, whenever I receive them. In my experience, a journalist almost always picks up a tidbit or two from the primary-source materials. But on the critical question of what Lovell and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center disclosed about his financial conflicts of […]