New Will Smith Movie “Concussion”

New Will Smith Movie “Concussion”

Will Smith stars in the new movie Concussion. The film focuses on Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born physician who first discovered the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players and wrestlers. Dr. Omalu discovered the disease while performing Steeler legend Mike Webster’s autopsy in 2002. The new discovery tied Webster’s mental problems and premature death at age 50 to repetitive head trauma suffered playing football. Dr. Omalu found similar patterns in the brains of Terry Long, who committed suicide at age 45, and Andre Waters, who committed suicide at age 44. With the new movie coming out, I thought it important to repost an earlier piece regarding my talks with former NFL players about brain injuries. I’ve posted the article below the movie’s trailer. Discussing Concussions and Other Brain Injuries with NFL Players 4.86/5 ( 97% ) based on 7 ratings The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL introduced me to dozens of […]

What Would Expanded College Football Playoffs Look Like?

We’ve all heard the talk promoting an 8- or 16-team college football playoff. Commentators both celebrated the death of the BCS, and lamented the new system. The Big 12’s exclusion from the 2014 playoffs amplified calls for expanded playoffs. Arguments for Stanford rang out this year, proponents insisting the Pac-12 compiles the strongest conference schedule. Expanded playoffs grant more teams a shot at the national championship. Simple. Obvious. Why not give Baylor and TCU a chance last year? Stanford has an Outland Trophy winner and maybe a Heisman winner in 2015. Why not let them in? Wouldn’t more teams generate more excitement? In principle, playoff expansion is simple. Let’s dig a little deeper, however, and question if expanded playoffs are better for the game. EIGHT-TEAM PLAYOFF USING 2015 FINAL RANKINGS The college football playoff committee selected Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, and Oklahoma as the 2015/2016 national championship field. An 8-team playoff in 2015 would pit Clemson against Notre Dame in the first […]

Stanford’s Garnett wins Outland Trophy

Stanford guard Joshua Garnett won the 2015 Outland Trophy. Garnett’s win marks the first time a Stanford player claimed the award, and the first time an offensive guard won the award since 1997, when Nebraska’s Aaron Taylor took the honors. Garnett helped pave lanes for Stanford Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey. Garnett’s muscle also helped Stanford amass 30 or more points in each of their last 12 contests while leading the nation in time of possession. Noteworthy blocks like this prompted voters to check Garnett’s box for the Outland. Watch #51 as he blocks downfield: The Outland Trophy cements a tremendous NCAA football career for Garnett.  The story began with Garnett suiting up as Stanford’s first true freshman offensive line starter since 2000. He logged 14 games as a sophomore on one of the country’s top offensive lines. He made Athlon’s preseason all Pac-12 team as a junior. His senior season put him atop many preseason lists, and culminated by […]