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by Irvin Muchnick
The start of the football season has brought the usual chorus of health stories that go in one helmet earhole and out the other. A quick roundup:
* On September 10, just before the Patriots and the Steelers kicked off, Jim Richards of Toronto’s NewsTalk1010 had me on to talk about the leaked documents from Sony Pictures that show the pressure being brought to bear on the producers to tone down the upcoming movie Concussion.
I’m not sure I cooperated to Jim’s satisfaction, because my expectations for the film in which Will Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu are low in the first place. I noted that, NFL influence or not, Concussion is likely to stick to the heroes-and-villains formula of The Insider (the tobacco flick that starred Al Pacino as Serpico — oh sorry, I got my video memes mixed up).
Busting the chops of my friend Dr. Omalu — the groundbreaking discoverer of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in dead football players — I noted that Will Smith will be making a play for an Oscar with a bad West African accent. I added that the movie portrayal in which I’m most interested is Arliss Howard as Dr. Joe Maroon, Omalu’s research nemesis and the bête noire of my own newest book, CONCUSSION INC.: The End of Football As We Know It.
You can hear my 9-minute clip on NewsTalk1010 at http://muchnick.net/torontoradio09-10-15.mp3.
* Boston University announced this week that Dr. Ann McKee now has found CTE in the brains of 96 percent — 87 out of the 91 — dead NFL players she examined.
* Historian-journalist-author Matt Chaney (http://chaneysblog.com) is still here to remind us that none of this is new. His latest compilation of headlines of age-old football industry suppression of facts, and promotion of concussion quackery, is now up to 1916, a mere 99 years ago.
1903: ‘players literally ram in hard-leather headgear’
1910: ‘Rules Comm. Blames School Faculties for Injuries’
1910: ‘Safer football is like a cooler Hell’ newspaper cracks
1910: preps ban on head tackles, forward pass, DC area
1915: injurious college contest ‘clean throughout,’ coach says
1916: prep FB brain bleed, death of primitive medcare, Chicago metro