Archive for August, 2012

P.S. — Football Is a DEADLY Mess

Published August 29th, 2012, Uncategorized

Don’t look now, but there are already two non-professional football deaths in 2012. A week ago Tuesday, a 15-year-old Tennessee high school player, Dana Payne, complained of chest pains in practice before collapsing and dying. In May, a semipro player from Indiana, David Coleman, 32, died of a “burst aorta” during a charity game near […]

Football Is a Mess

Published August 29th, 2012, Uncategorized

George Will is saying it. ESPN, one of the National Football League’s broadcast partners, is sort of saying it. And even the NFL, by staging a dog-and-pony show last week to co-opt the moms of America, is admitting it. Cripes, football 2012-13 is a mess. I don’t even refer to the ever-growing ranks of ex-pro […]

Shoulberg Deposition in Swimming Sex Abuse Case Postponed Until October

Published August 27th, 2012, Uncategorized

Last Thursday I reported that Richard Shoulberg’s deposition in the Jancy Thompson sex-abuse suit against USA Swimming would take place tomorrow. I’m now told that Shoulberg has had his testimony postponed until October. Shoulberg is president of the American Swimming Coaches Association and the aquatics director of the Germantown Academy near Philadelphia. Neither Shoulberg nor […]

A Talk With Title IX Titan Donna Lopiano About Sex Crimes Against Girls in Sports

Published August 26th, 2012, Uncategorized

I had a long conversation yesterday with Donna Lopiano, the former University of Texas director of women’s athletics who is one of the genuine titans of the last generation of Title IX advancement, and now heads the consulting company Sports Management Resources (http:// To say our chat was enlightening would be a little like saying […]

Bullseye: ESPN’s Peter Keating on the ImPACT Concussion Management Scam

Published August 26th, 2012, Uncategorized

The takedown of the ImPACT quacks by Peter Keating of ESPN proves every bit as accurate and devastating as expected. The only problem is that the ESPN website buries the article. But with an advanced degree in site search, you’ll find it here: “Concussion test may not be panacea,” Bravo. I only wish Keating […]