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Concussion

Many years ago, I was concussed twice while playing soccer at the collegiate level. So did many of my teammates. I got dazed, saw double for a bit and after a while resumed play. It was all a joke back then. There were no protocols. You sat out until someone held up a few fingers and then it was business as usual. Football is different. The players are bigger and they intentionally collide at full speed. Then there is the equipment which can be thought of as protective or weaponry […]

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Ronda Rousey will be Fine; No Matter

Ronda Rousey

Yes, I know that Floyd Mayweather is undefeated, but Muhammad Ali, Rocky Graziano, and Sugar Ray Leonard were not – and you’ve got to admit they were pretty fair boxers. Peyton Manning lost last week and he was taken out of another game this week. Michael Jordan was super-human in his prime, but eventually he quit because his skills had diminished and Abby Wambach gracefully bowed out because her body told her it was time to leave. Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm. It was an upset, but it was […]

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Greg Hardy, Swiss Cheese and Digital Ethics

Greg-Hardy

Greg Hardy will not get cut; Jerry Jones won’t cut him, the player’s union won’t cut him and most fans could care less. Domestic violence is wrong no matter who is doing the hitting and who is being hit. Man on woman, woman on man, same-sex assaults, it’s all bad. The law is very clear on such assaults. The law and not the NFL nor the NFLPA nor the Dallas Cowboys adjudicates in our society, nor even the court of opinion, political correctness and hearsay. It is the legal system. […]

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On High School Sports and Sexting

Canon City

Cañon City, Colorado is a small quaint town, usually associated with the nearby Federal Penitentiary and local wineries. It is much more than that. However, it is not a hotbed of prurience, drugs or drinking, any more than any other town in America, including yours or mine. A sexting scandal erupted at the high school that involved about one-third of the school and half of the football team. Literally, hundreds of children. Essentially the kids, both boys and girls, were trading images of themselves; nude, semi-nude and in provocative underwear. […]

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Price of Patriotism? About $10 Million

Giant Flag

Apparently, there is a price placed on patriotism. With apologies to all my veteran brothers and sisters, our beloved Defense Department forked over about $10 million (and possibly as much as $12 million) to the NFL, MLB and NBA teams to put on patriotic displays. Our same Defense Department who cannot ever seem to improve active duty or veteran’s benefits, spent money at the ball parks to stimulate patriotic fervor. To compound “this joke,” the leagues and teams took the money. According to CNN Money (November 5, 2015): “Among the […]

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Barrett: One Game Suspension = A “Lucky” Break

Barrett

In the Ohio State bye week, starting QB J.T. Barrett not only managed to get himself a citation for operating a vehicle while under the influence, but he recklessly tried to escape the check-point by backing his way out of it. He got caught. He is also underage. If the law wanted to do so, whoever gave him booze could also pay a penalty. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer suspended Barrett for one game and Barret is forfeiting his 2016 summer term scholarship. The loss of a summer scholarship may or […]

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Should the NFL be in the Judge Judy Business?

Angry Judy

 Yesterday, picking through the sports news, I came across yet the latest update in the Deflategate saga. It is one of those gifts, like really spicy Indian food, that keeps on giving. The Associated Press article by Larry Neumeister (October 26, 2015) entitled: “NFL: Judge’s ruling for Tom Brady was ‘unfathomable’,” caused, I must admit, a twinge somewhere in the nether regions of my gut. To quote from the piece: “NFL lawyers told a federal appeals court in Manhattan on Monday that it was ‘unfathomable’ that a judge could decide […]

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On Rick Pitino and Ethical Leadership

Rick Pitino

It comes from the top down, and it’s either important to a head coach and his or her assistants – or it’s not. I am not talking about the “Will to Win,” or “Teamwork.” I am talking about ethical leadership. At Louisville, and in regard to the sex parties and strip shows for players and recruits in the basketball program, ethical leadership had been non-existent. Rick Pitino is on the hot seat and that’s the way it should be. He is the head basketball coach and the leader and he […]

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“Honoring Thy Father” costs Cam Heyward Bucks

Cam Heyward 2

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward has been honoring the memory of his late father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward. Each time he honors his father’s memory, he is fined nearly $6,000. He has no intention of stopping. You may remember Craig Heyward who was a running back for five different NFL teams. He was imposing to say the least and over his career his weight averaged about 280 pounds. Somehow and somewhere along the line he picked up the unusual nick-name. In his career, Craig Heyward was nearly impossible to stop. […]

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At the Precipice of the Lamar Odom Blame Game

Lamar Odom

A very long time ago, moving between careers, my decision was to become an EMT for the City of New York. I worked on the streets as an EMT and then unwisely – or wisely, I went back to school full-time to become a paramedic. My territory was primarily Harlem and Spanish Harlem. However owing to the fact that Manhattan is a place where the have’s, have-not’s and all those in-between are within feet or buildings of one another, there was never a typical evening nor a typical patient nor […]

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