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Nov 25, 15

That will be the end of that tradition, at least officially. Terrible that something as silly as the Mirror Lake jump has cost a young man his life.

Nov 24, 15

"It’s pretty obscene and appalling that just about everyone watching at home could tell something was up after the play was over, but the people who are entrusted with handling the safety of these players stood idle and did nothing. There are certainly questions that need to be answered as to how that was allowed to happen."

I'm in total agreement here. I didn't see the play on Sunday, but I saw a replay yesterday and Case Keenum was out on his feet. That was plain to see to anyone watching, yet somehow was missed by the guy who's job it is to watch for any signs of a concussed player.

As they say, "You only had one job".

Nov 23, 15

This seems like a good idea, given the arrest of Jarrett Stoll and talk of somewhat common cocaine use in the NHL coming from some other places, let alone the information in the article about the current samples that were tested and seem to indicate a rising usage among players. Wonder when it'll go into place and how much head's up the players will wind up receiving prior to it being part of the test.

Nov 22, 15

One, he's not saying anything Ohio State fans aren't saying. And, he's not wrong.

Two, it's tough to have a kid; and really let's remember that college football players, for all the glamour, money, and prestige involved in big-time college athletics, mostly aren't even old enough to drink; dealing with the media immediately following an emotional loss like that.

Three, still, it's not exactly a good look when it comes to getting drafted next season. NFL coaches might be hard-pressed to play someone willing to publicly air their grievances with coaching. I mean you and I can do it on Twitter, but having a player do it is another thing.

Four, did anyone expect him to come back next year? Can we really be surprised that he'd leave, along with a bunch of other juniors now that there's basically no hope of being two-time defending champs?

Nov 21, 15

Poor play from a goaltender can get a coach fired, and make another coach look great. It's that simple.

Nov 18, 15

"There will be four teams of nine skaters and two goalies, one team for each of the four divisions (Atlantic and Metropolitan in the East; Central and Pacific in the West). There will be a 20-minute mini-game – likely two 10-minute halves – featuring one division versus another in 3-on-3 action followed by another 20-minute game with the other two divisions playing each other."

Just kill the All-Star game already. No one cares, especially the players in the game itself.

Nov 15, 15

"Two days after more than 100 people in Paris were murdered by terrorists, the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport went on the air to cite anonymous league sources who said this:

"Do not be surprised if this is like it was after Sandy Hook a couple years ago, where players will not be fined for showing support."

Spin it back: Players who make minor alterations to their football uniforms to honor victims of a senseless tragedy probably won't get punished.

Um, congratulations?

The fact that this is a thing that actually needs to be said out loud says everything you need to know about the NFL's sense of compassion. Because it does have to be said out loud. Because the NFL constantly fines players who make minor football uniform alterations to pay tribute to people whose situations are weighing on their hearts."

The NFL office has no idea what it is doing. That's the only explanation for this.

Nov 09, 15

"In 1982, Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim died after a lightweight title fight against Ray Mancini on Nov. 13. Kim slipped into a coma after the conclusion of the fight and was taken off life support four days later. Sports Illustrated’s cover on Nov. 22 featured a photo from the fight with the headline “Tragedy in the Ring.” Two months later, the American Medical Association called for boxing to be outlawed. In subsequent years, boxing’s popularity in America plummeted as it was relegated to pay-per-view events.

Similar concerns exist about football, as several former NFL players have committed suicide as a result of depression caused by CTE, a degenerative brain disease linked to football-related head trauma. At least seven high school football players have died of on-field injuries this season, too. Retro Report’s documentary examines the impact of health concerns surrounding football."

Interestingly, this was a discussion I had with some folks while watching an ambulance come on to the field at the second straight Oregon State home game, whether it made sense to let your kids play football. I don't have kids, so I don't know what I would do, but it does get harder and harder to justify the more we learn about CTE and other long term effects of playing football.

Yet, it still remains incredibly popular, why? I think the one thing about boxing was that a lot of people actually watched that Mancini fight. It wasn't some fuzzy video of a high school kid that few people saw, it was a brutal beating captured on video.

If we can, let's compare it to domestic violence. The Ray Rice incident was bad, and then when we saw the video, suddenly public opinion was ten times worse. Eventually, we are going to be forced to watch someone almost die on national TV during a football game. Then, public opinion will start to move.

Nov 03, 15

So, in 2018 there will be 5 games in London, so at what point does it just make more sense to have one team based there permanently? Now yes, there would be some issues with them traveling to the US for away games, but it could be worked around. (Keep them in the States for 8 weeks, play half the season at home and then the road, etc.)

Why not?

Oct 29, 15

Things have not exactly worked out well for Joseph Randle this year. His problems coming into the season were a red flag, and depending on him to replace the production from Demarco Murray was probably a mistake, albeit one that the team had it's doubts about to begin with based on the addition of McFadden and other backs as insurance. Still, Randle is another one of Jerry's gambles that maybe wasn't worth it in the end. Maybe he serves whatever suspension he has coming and gets it figured out, and stops fumbling while he's at it, but threatening a woman with a gun is not a good look for a team that already has PR issues thanks to the Greg Hardy signing!

Oct 28, 15

"Blatter told TASS: "In 2010 we had a discussion of the World Cup and then we went to a double decision. For the World Cups it was agreed that we go to Russia because it's never been in Russia, eastern Europe, and for 2022 we go back to America. And so we will have the World Cup in the two biggest political powers.

"And everything was good until the moment when (French president Nicolas) Sarkozy came in a meeting with the crown prince of Qatar, who is now the ruler of Qatar. And at a lunch afterwards with Mr Platini he said it would be good to go to Qatar. And this has changed all pattern.

"There was an election by secret ballot. Four votes from Europe went away from the USA and so the result was 14 to eight. If you put the four votes, it would have been 12 to 10. If the USA was given the World Cup, we would only speak about the wonderful World Cup 2018 in Russia and we would not speak about any problems at FIFA.""

Doesn't this sound like a Scooby Do defense? "If not for these meddling kids". Basically, what he seems to be saying is that there was an agreement in place before the votes were ever cast, but then the votes changed because of some sort of influence Qatar had with a FIFA official, and if only the US and England weren't such sore losers, everything would have been fine.

Isn't that a bit like saying "yeah sure we robbed the bank, but everything would have been fine if people had just not missed the money"?

FIFA is a mess. I'm not sure there's any hope of it ever not being a mess.

Oct 27, 15

1. He's right, fantasy, and gambling, increases the interest in the sport.
2. On the other hand, it is gambling, and once you have that out there, it muddies the water a bit when you start to look at in game decisions. Was a decision made to simply increase one players fantasy points? (Or decrease them?). For example, was Arian Foster still playing in the 4th quarter of a blowout because of fantasy stats when he injured his Achilles? See how easy this becomes?

Jerry can say what he wants about his business interests, but once the league, and it's owners are involved in a big money enterprise who's winners are determined by what happens on the field, it leaves room to wonder.

Oct 25, 15

"“To be able to help kids, there’s nothing more fulfilling,” he said. “That’s it.”

That’s Clark Gillies, the Islander who four decades later keeps giving back to the Island.

That’s Clark Gillies, who when asked if it was OK with him to report his brush with cancer, said, “Sure, but don’t make a big deal out of it.”"

These are the kinds of guys we rooted for in the early 80's. The guys I grew up rooting for, and they are why, even through everything that happened in the interim, we still root for the Islanders.

Gillies hasn't played in 30 years, yet he still manages a foundation that came up with $2 million for Huntington Hospital. Way to go!

Oct 24, 15

"Despite Clemson’s brilliant performance, coach Dabo Swinney was not happy at halftime — and gave a passionate speech which was partially broadcasted by ESPN. Swinney kept his players on the field and told them to “win with class and lose with class.”"

Gotta respect Dabo for this. Would be easy, given the U's history, to understand why his players were getting involved in trash-talking and shoving with Miami players, but he expects more from them.

Oct 21, 15

Of course not, that would have been cruel and people would have been, rightly, up in arms with the league for being so mean to a little girl with cancer.

Dead people who have already died of cancer though? Nah, we don't need to worry about a backlash.

It gets harder and harder to be an NFL fan.

Oct 20, 15

I don't buy that Pitino knew nothing about any of this. We've got former players basically confirming the story, while Pitino claims no one on the team knew anything about any of it. Someone is lying.

And, as we've seen in recent cases, like Syracuse, the head coach is still responsible for what goes on within the program. How hard does the NCAA come down on this? Or does Louisville do it first?

Oct 18, 15

This is kind of stunning given how many holding calls we see in a typical game. Are the Big Ten refs just biased (Go ahead and raise your hand fans of every other team.) or are the Buckeyes just better at not holding?

Or, are they better at holding in subtle ways that don't draw a flag?

Oct 16, 15

Really good analysis of what is wrong with the Blue Jackets. As a team so many were so high on coming in to the season, it's been somewhat shocking not just that they are 0-4, but how badly they've been beaten in those games.

Yes, some of it's bad luck that will even out, but their defensive play has been horrendous, and that won't be so simple to fix. Many suspected that were a little thin on defense, despite the group of forwards they have, and that appears to be the case.

Oct 15, 15

The NFL wouldn't let him wear pink all season, but he still managed to find a wonderful way to honor his mom. Well done!

Oct 14, 15

"Also, as the two Steelers learned, the NFL only allows players to visibly support cancer victims if it matches their merchandise sales -- so it has to be breast cancer and it has to be in October."

Is there nothing about the NFL that isn't about $$?

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