Friday Night Football Fights Open Thread: Choosing Short-Term Expediency Over Long-Term Survival

This CTE study came out earlier this week — it got a lot of coverage in the local media, being as the medical team is Boston-based — but there were so many other important stories to cover, and it’s not like I understand sportsball.

But this *follow-up* story in Deadspin makes it pretty clear that the big-money men in charge of the NFL have decided that maximizing their own profits, this season, is more important than not only their players’ lives and health… but the whole future of the sport. What parent with any options is gonna let their kid get involved with a sport that’s pretty much guaranteed to lead to traumatic brain injury and an unhappy, abbreviated life? (Suicide, in fact, was the leading cause of death among those with mild CTE.”)

(Sure, professional boxing is still A Thing, but it’s been half a century since boxing was on tv outside of niche pay-per-view channels. And boxing doesn’t require the kind of high-dollar equipment and massive feeder system supported by high schools and colleges all over the country… )

And that pretty much puts the NFL in line with the sociopaths currently squatting in the Oval Office, so there’s your political tie-in.

The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying up.

The news comes from a report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, two days after ranking members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce published a letter to the NFL demanding to know when the $30 million would be paid in full. The league responded to Congress with a mealy-mouthed statement about being “engaged in constructive discussions,” but the NIH told ESPN today that there are no current plans for the remaining funds and the agreement will simply expire next month as originally planned—with at least $16 million yet to be paid…

The NFL trumpeted this gift as proof of their commitment to addressing CTE and head trauma. It’s abundantly clear now that this was simple lip service. The NFL was not committed to concussion research; it was committed to receiving praise for concussion research done on their terms and their terms only. The NFL, in other words, was interested in paying for propaganda, and the NIH refused to play along.

You be the referee

Watch this 15 second clip.

I just saw this clip. It will be on multiple clinics over the next three years as it is a great clip for a few things.

Now watch it again.

What do you have?
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Its an Elimination Game Open Thread

The Penguins have the chance to close out their second straight Stanley Cup tonight. However the game is in Nashville. Home teams have dominated this series.

No politics

Open Thread!

Stanley Cup Game 5 Open Thread

Let’s enjoy tonight’s game and hope that the Penguins can actually generate some cohesive offensive zone time in the face of the Predator’s stifling defense.

No politics.

Open thread

Stanley Cup Game 4 Open Thread

The Preds got the result that their effort deserved in Game 3 unlike in Game 1 and 2. The Penguins need to create more traffic and chaos in front of the net and not be stupid off the puck.

No politics open thread.

Game 3 Open Thread

Game 2 went the Penguins way. I had no problem with the referees. They let a lot go but they were consistent with what they were letting go. When Murray got run by a Predator there was no call, and when Crosby ran the Predator goalie, there was no call. Players just want consistency. They’ll figure out what the refs are allowing and now allowing and adjust accordingly.

Now if the Pens can grab a single win in Nashville, the series should tilt their way.

Let’s go Pens!

Let’s go Pens

The Penguins got lucky on Monday night. They looked like crap except for a ten minute flurry in the first period which gave them enough of a cushion to survive playing lazy defense against a team that was jumping on the counter-attack.

So now that they stole a game that they really should not win, let’s see cheer them on tonight as they try to reduce their magic number to two.

No politics in this open thread