Archive for February, 2012

Kris Dielman Retires, Four Months After Grand Mal Seizure on Team Plane

Published February 29th, 2012, Uncategorized

Kris Dielman has announced his retirement. Dielman is the Pro Bowl offensive guard for the San Diego Chargers who suffered an obvious in-game concussion last October. Obvious to the television audience, that is. He continued to play, then had a scary and violent seizure on the cross-country flight home. Good luck to Dielman in his […]

Pittsburgh: National Capital of Concussion Inc. – And Proud of It!

Published February 29th, 2012, Uncategorized

Yesterday I caustically analyzed the latest hype artistry from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program – courtesy of director Micky Collins, director emeritus Mark Lovell, and senior witch doctor Joseph Maroon. Remarkably, all three of these busy worthies have also found time over the years to spin their biased, conflicted, poorly […]

UPMC Cranks Up Concussion Cure Quack Quotient – Will New York Times and Senator Udall Take Them On?

Published February 28th, 2012, Uncategorized

I hope Alan Schwarz, the baseball statistics nerd who used his arithmetical wizardry to bring the football helmet industry to its knees, will come out of retirement as The New York Times’ concussion beat reporter and engage the latest outlandish claims of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Concussion Program. And that goes for […]

Duerson Family Lawsuit Coverage Stage 2: Let the Smears – And the Clarifications — Begin

Published February 27th, 2012, Uncategorized

I disagree with part of Rick Telander’s first reaction to the lawsuit against the National Football League by the family of Dave Duerson. Telander (who, along with Paul Solotaroff, wrote last year’s fine article for Men’s Journal on Duerson’s decline and suicide) commented in the Chicago Sun-Times: “The NFL is going to fight this hard, […]

‘Duerson Family’s NFL Lawsuit Is a Public Concussion Debate Game-Changer’ (full text)

Published February 27th, 2012, Uncategorized

[originally published 2/24/12 at]   by Irvin Muchnick The family of Dave Duerson, the ex-National Football League star who shot himself to death almost exactly a year ago at age 50, has sued the NFL for its alleged liability for the brain damage he was found to have in the special autopsy he requested […]