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Madden vs. Paterno: It Never Happened

Dec 22, 2011

We’re sorry but we just couldn’t help it. Comparing recent news involving two big-name coaches like John Madden and Joe Paterno Last week, John Madden came forward like the great leader he is and declared that they would now be taking players out of the game when they get concussed. In the Electronic Arts video game that bears his name. Nice. Is that much different than the Wall of Silence that we’ve seen from coach Joe Paterno surrounding the juggernaut of charges still mounting against his BFF Jerry Sandusky that include child sex abuse and rape? Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, both of them continue to believe in the sanctity of football to protect those at the top from any accountability. It’s this arrogant air that finds the rest of us scratching our heads wondering what planet these people are living on.
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We’re not going to dwell a lot on the Sandusky/Paterno National Enquirer drama – there’s been more than enough to fill up the headlines for the next couple of years. Not the best way to end what should have been remembered as a long and great career in football. But that’s where the comparisons begin. While the NFL and all its mouthpieces are doing their best to spin a new, proactive approach towards concussions, the League AND the Union have yet to acknowledge their long-standing past denial of responsibility and their own promotion of false facts to reassure the players that there was absolutely no connection between concussions and long-term brain damage.
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With all that as an intro, here are some of the latest stories on concussions, starting with Madden’s video game concussion rules:
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NFL Must Heed John Madden’s Advice About Concussion Protocol

By Zachary D. Rymer (Featured Columnist) on December 14, 2011

All of us should understand one thing. None of us are going to live to see the day when the National Football League is entirely free of concussions. Given the nature of the sport, that’s just not going to happen.
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The best the NFL can hope for is to limit the number of concussions that are suffered, and that’s a simple matter of being smart about them when they happen. To its credit, the league has taken some major steps forward in this regard.
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But the NFL still has work to do. Despite all the work the league has done to limit and to raise awareness of the long-term damage of concussions, there are still cracks in the system.
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Click HERE to read the rest of this article from Bleacher Report.

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Click HERE to read a related article from Silicon Valley Mercury News.
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So this is the same compassionate John Madden who made $150 million+ from Electronic Arts for having his name put on their blockbuster football video game? The same John Madden who conveniently disappeared when the Players Inc. trial began in ’08 to avoid questions from the media about why the players union – the NFLPA – managed to con the retired players into signing licensing agreements to use their statistics and images in video games and other licensed products and then got convicted in court of fraud for stealing all of that money from those same players? And the same John Madden who went on a cross-country bus tour with Commissioner Roger Goodell to “learn” more about concussions.
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And here are more breaking articles on concussions. Like the Sandusky story, the tidal wave on concussions is coming in and there’s no turning it back. The NFL and the NFLPA can either get swept under it or they can get ahead of it by doing the right thing.
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I still remember my first football game. It was 1983. I was six. My father took me to our local high school, in northern New Jersey, and we sat on the home team’s side, but it wasn’t long before my allegiance began to waver. The opponents, from a town called Passaic, were clearly superior—or, rather, they had a superior player whose simple talents were easy to identify in a game so complex and jumbled-seeming that even lifelong fans do not fully understand it. He wasn’t the biggest person on the field, and probably not the fastest, but he was strangely fast for a big person and unusually big for a fast person. He played both sides of the ball: running back and linebacker. He was also the kicker, and he returned punts. In my memory, he scored a touchdown, kicked a field goal, and sacked the quarterback for a safety. 12–0. As my father and I searched for his name in the program, a man seated a couple of rows in front of us spun around and said, “They call him Ironhead.” I was smitten.
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Read more the rest of this article from Ben McGrath in the January 2011 issue of The New Yorker – click HERE.

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Study Of Dead Football Player’s Brain Is Even More Depressing Than Usual

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A year ago, just after former NFL player Lew Carpenter passed away at the age of 78, his family decided to donate his brain to a team of researchers studying chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease often found in athletes who have suffered repeated head injuries.
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Click HERE to read the rest of this article from DeadSpin.
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And one more – aptly title Head Games – from Andrew Brandt over on National Football Post:
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Head Games

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Last Thursday evening we witnessed another violent hit from Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison, this one levied on Browns’ quarterback Colt McCoy. This play was followed by some debatable sideline procedures by the Browns’ medical and coaching staff. Underlying McCoy’s specific situation, however, lurk more global issues. Let’s examine:
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Independent sideline neurologists
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After facing intense scrutiny from Congress in 2009 – and being compared to (gasp!) the tobacco industry – the NFL instituted a new return-to-play policy. Both a team physician and an independent neurologist must clear players removed from a game/practice after sustaining a head injury before returning to football activities.
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Read the rest of Andrew Brandt’s article by clicking HERE.

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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Michael Greenhalgh
    January 6th, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Mike Greenhalgh

    Ha! Getting treated as second-class citizen is bad enough but now you’re being treated like cartoon characters!

    Oh well – what should we expect? After all, your health is just a game to them.

    Michael Greenhalgh
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic of Sacramento

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