megaphoneDave and I found this recent article from Monte Burke in Forbes magazine. Sometimes it’s insane trying to keep up with the latest coverage that relates to retired players’ issues and we certainly try to post comments whenever possible and – oftentimes – absolutely necessary. We could swear that this piece came right out of the NFLPR machine in heaping praise on Roger Goodell and the NFL for their bold moves when it comes to concussions. As always, nothing is mentioned about the role that retired players played – and paid – in getting this story to the forefront today. The silence is deafening.


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While The NFLPA is continuing to implement cuts to overhead and expenses, as well as advising its active players to start saving as much money as they can, the NFL is apparently cutting any and all outlays that don’t put money in their pocket.

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An Unanswered Letter

4 December 2009

This was a congratulatory letter sent from the NFLPA on Nov. 10th, 2009 to George Martin upon his selection as Executive Director of the New NFL Alumni. It’s signed by the NFLPA Steering Committee and NFLPA Chapter Presidents. To date, it has remained unanswered.

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Stepping Up to the Plate

4 December 2009

This piece just arrived from The Boston Globe’s Ron Borges. Mixed in between the lines on the great news about a quarterback- Tom Brady – finally breaking ranks with his counterparts is another completely separate story: It’s one of the best outlines detailing some of the sordid history of side deals that set the stage for the upcoming lockout. You couldn’t make this stuff up!

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Dr. Daniel Amen has just allowed us to post a great interview in which he discusses his interest in studying the current debate and issues, how his clinic is studying the problem, as well as some of the new findings that have started to come out of these ongoing studies. (The entire interview is only 13:00 minutes long and covers a lot of topics so please take a few minutes to watch this for yourself and your loved ones.)

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President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here.” I always liked him when I was a kid because he was a plain and simple, straight-forward guy who was willing to take full responsibility for solving problems.

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Bernie ParrishOn November 23, 2009, in San Francisco, California, Federal District Court Judge William Alsup rendered a blistering set of three orders approving the settlement agreement in Parrish & Adderley vs. NFLPA Players Inc. However, in rendering the orders, Judge Alsup said of the award of attorneys’ fees, “When combined with the expense reimbursement below, counsel is receiving approximately 25 percent of the value of the settlement. This figure adequately compensates counsel for the work performed in this action. A reasonable fee in light of the ultimate recovery obtained for the class, and is reasonable in light of the missed opportunity for an even higher recovery.”


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Amen, Terry Bradshaw

29 November 2009

Dr No's NFL BandaidsThe NFL doesn’t seem to care about their active players and they despise the retired players! All they offer is lip service to serious, life-changing head injuries. Unless a player is carried off the field on national TV, it’s almost impossible for a retired player to access his earned disability benefits. And his Union is nowhere to be seen when it comes to representing him. The NFL disability system has been illegal and it violates ERISA Law as well as their own plan document!

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Mainstream MediaMore momentum on the concussion front as the brain injury story continues to makes its way upstream into the mainstream media. This seems to be one story that’s becoming harder and harder for the NFL to suppress or spin – Thank you, Doctor No!

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Dr. No Resigns!

24 November 2009

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Dr. NO!

THIS JUST IN: The NFL’s Dr. No – Dr. Ira Casson – has just resigned along with his co-chair from their MTBI Committee. Following the release of a leaked memo sent out to all the teams, NFL Commissioner made his usual non-statement about making “progress.”

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Dave Zirin from the The Nation has written a powerful piece which really summarizes the Catch-22 that the NFL faces with regard to brain concussions. We’ve been discussing Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference around the office cooler for a while now.

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Bernie ParrishHere’s the headline from USA Today:

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So producing a film about life after football for many of the old warriors should speak volumes. The documentary Blood Equity has been out since 2007 and is available on DVD. We haven’t heard much more about it since it came out but noticed it was playing this weekend Laemmle Sunset 5 theater in West Hollywood (read the story HERE).

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It's Official!

It's Official!

Well, it’s finally official!

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Friday Morning News

20 November 2009
Dr. NO!

Dr. NO!

Lead story for Friday morning: NFLPA Executive Director DeMaruice Smith calls for ouster of Dr. No. – Ira Casson. New York Times‘ Alan Schwarz writes:

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