Archive for November, 2012

Fat in the Fire: NFL Fights Obesity — Obesity Fights NFL

Published November 24th, 2012, Uncategorized

I have derided the National Football League for averring that we have a public health problem — childhood obesity — which can be solved in part by a doubled-down defense of a public health crisis — youth tackle football. (The “problem” and “crisis” characterizations are my own deliberate skewing of the prevailing rhetoric.) If the […]

Concussion Inc. Bookstore Black Friday Special

Published November 20th, 2012, Uncategorized

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Notes on Sex Crimes in Sports Other Than Swimming – And a Question for the International Swimming Hall of Fame

Published November 19th, 2012, Uncategorized

Do we need a reminder that it is not my intent to be picking on USA Swimming? Junior hockey, too, is notorious for coach sex abuse, and there’s a new case there involving Anthony DeSilva, general manager and coach of the Massachusetts Maple Leafs. See “Did USA Hockey Protect a Predator?”, Let’s also shine […]

This Week in ‘Whither Football?’: Chaney Unbound, Goodell on a Leash

Published November 16th, 2012, Uncategorized

In the historiography, if not the history, of the debate over football’s future, it is significant that writer Matt Chaney, the Cassandra of sports commentators, is starting to get platforms sturdier than the 2-by-4’s he has had to nail together with his bare hands. As reported earlier this week, the League of Fans, a quasi-consumer […]

Sure, Expose NFL’s Double Move on Mike Webster Brain Trauma — But Don’t Forget the Dave Duerson Bubble Screen

Published November 16th, 2012, Uncategorized

On ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada have a good contribution to the question of what the National Football League knew and when it knew it: newly uncovered documents showing that the league acknowledged mental disability from football-related brain trauma in the case of the late Hall of Famer Mike Webster — […]