Archive for April, 2012

Muchnick Interviewed Tuesday on PBS in New York and New Jersey

Published April 30th, 2012, Uncategorized

Irvin Muchnick, author of CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail – who also blogs and publishes ebooks from – is interviewed Tuesday night, May 1, on One-on-One with Steve Adubato on Public Broadcasting System affiliates in New York and New Jersey. The interview, taped in March, […]

Hey, Dr. Cantu — How About Getting a Word in Edgewise About Public Health

Published April 29th, 2012, Uncategorized

Dr. Robert Cantu, he of the $1 million National Football League grant to study chronic traumatic encephelopathy (“no strings,” Alan Schwarz of The New York Times reassured one and all at the time), says the NFL may have to consider barring players with concussion histories. See “NFL doc: Barring concussed players ‘definitely could be something […]

The Head Bone Is Connected to the Neck Bone — Second ‘Football Strength’ Clinic Upcoming

Published April 29th, 2012, Uncategorized

I’ve written previously about the work of legendary strength coaches who emphasize prevention of traumatic brain injury through the systematic strengthening of the neck muscles of everyone who contemplates playing football. Anyone who has studied the science has to agree that this work — spearheaded by my old friend Kim Wood, who directed the strength […]

Panel Discussion on ‘Headstrong,’ New Play About Concussions, Now on YouTube

Published April 27th, 2012, Uncategorized

On Monday night I was privileged to participate in a “talk back” panel following a preview of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s new play Headstrong by Patrick Link. The discussion was moderated by William Carden, the play’s director as well as the artistic director for this innovative off-Broadway troupe. You can view the conversation at these links: […]

New York Times Concussion Coverage Remains Sparse, Opaque, Mysterious

Published April 27th, 2012, Uncategorized

Though I’m as capable of snark as the next jackass, yesterday’s post on the nearly two-year-long New York Times blackout of the work of Dr. Bennet Omalu was written more in sorrow than in anger. At this moment in the national concussion crisis, the still-clueless public could use the kind of sharp investigation and cogent […]