Ed Reed was suspended by the NFL for repeat offenses of the leagues mandate on blows to the head. Some former players are taking serious umbrage with this decision by Ray Anderson, NFL Executive VP of Football Operations. Fortunately I had the opportunity to listen to an interview with Anderson on Mike & Mike this morning.
The synopsis, in my opinion, was that the League is now looking at hits to the head and neck as an aggravating offense and will take serious steps to eliminate this type of hit from the game. More striking was Mr. Anderson’s statement (paraphrased) that; we know now that hits to head are not only a problem we know now that they are life altering, he emphasized that the evidence was now clear to this.
Ray Anderson kept hammering home that “times have changed” and hits like Ronnie Lott made and that were common place years back have no place in today’s game. He also mentioned that fines are not working as they had hoped, so other measures will need to be taken, including suspensions.
I really feel that the NFL is playing good lip service to this issue, and really are taking baby-steps to change the culture of football. Now getting on to Continue reading
Well that is an opinon, I rather like Mike Golic about most things. However, we differ on this; why is presenting a learning tool in a video game a ‘bad idea’?
Perhaps when that small percentage of kids playing the game lose their star in the video game for a concussion they may realize that this injury is serious. I am willing to bet heavily on the fact that those gamers know that when a player in the video game sustains an ACL tear he will not be back in the game for some time. It is time to change the stigma of concussions, if it takes unconventional methods, like using Madden as a vehicle, then so be it.
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On Monday we ran a story about how the Philadelphia Eagles handled the concussions of Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley. Of note was Stewart Bradley and his “punch-drunk” appearance then returning in two plays to make a tackle.
Per current guidelines for head injuries Bradley should have been evaluated before returning, which the Eagles say they did. However if you put a stop watch on the time Bradley was out it was not over four minutes. I don’t care how good you are at concussions, FOUR minutes is NOT SUFFICIENT enough time to properly evaluate a head injury. Continue reading