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Award-winning filmmaker Sean Pamphilon’s documentary United States of Football has had in first screening in Pittsburgh, which Pamphilon calls “ground zero” of the sport’s crisis. Early this year I published a short ebook on the National Football League-connected charlatans at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and titled it UPMC: Concussion Crisis Ground Zero. Great minds think alike.

I had the pleasure of meeting Sean this summer when he swung through the Bay Area for a final set of interviews for United States of Football, including one of your humble blogger. We’ll see if I survived the cut.

I wish I could have made it out to Pittsburgh; maybe Sean and I would have staged our own “Concussion Town Huddle” to counter the one that the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum last year scheduled, “postponed,” and never rescheduled.

Dave Pear, the retired NFLer who spearheads Independent Football Veterans, was in Pittsburgh or the USAF preview. Here’s Pear’s report:


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