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Eric LeGrand, Rutgers Player, Paralyzed From Neck Down
Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was paralyzed below the neck after making a tackle during a game against Army, and he will remain hospitalized for the near future.
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Coach Greg Schiano said Sunday that LeGrand was resting in the intensive care unit at Hackensack University Medical Center. He had emergency surgery overnight to stabilize the spine after making the tackle during Saturday’s game at the New Meadowlands Stadium.Eric LeGrand, Rutgers Player, Paralyzed From Neck Down
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Player who killed self had brain injury
College football player who committed suicide had brain injury
By Madison Park, CNN
September 14, 2010 3:10 p.m. EDT
Owen Thomas, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, had symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
(CNN) -- An autopsy of a 21-year-old college football player who committed suicide has revealed mild stages of a type of brain damage typically seen in retired or aging athletes and can cause neurobehavioral disorders and bizarre behavior.
Teammates had described Owen Thomas as an affable college junior who had been overwhelmingly voted to be one of the captains by the University of Pennsylvania football team, and his coach had called him "the most popular kid on our team." Thomas also was named to the Second-Team All-Ivy in 2009.
His suicide in April stunned his friends and family.
Researchers from Boston University requested an autopsy of his brain. This week, they said that Thomas had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, making him the first active college football player known to have had the debilitating condition.
CTE is also called dementia pugilistica, because career boxers who've suffered repeated blows to the head and concussions have been known to develop the syndrome.
Its effects are mainly neurobehavioral, including poor decision-making, impaired memory, erratic behavior, use of drugs and alcohol, depression and suicide.
"We know that CTE can bring on things like depression and erratic behavior and problems with impulse control," Dr. Robert Stern, co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine, said on CNN's "American Morning."
"And there have been several cases of suicide in the past amongst people who were found to have CTE. But in any individual case, we can't say for sure that there's a link," he said.
CTE has been identified in the brains of late NFL football players John Grimsley, Mike Webster, Andre Waters, Justin Strzelczyk, Terry Long, Tom McHale and Chris Henry.
Grimsley died of an accidental gunshot wound to the chest. Webster, Long and Strzelczyk all died after long bouts of depression, while Waters committed suicide in 2006 at age 44. McHale was found dead last year of an apparent drug overdose. Henry died at the age of 26 after falling from a moving truck during a fight with his girlfriend.
While CTE has been seen in older players who've suffered concussions and repeated head injuries, Thomas had never been diagnosed with a concussion as far back to the age of 9, according to his medical records and family.
Thomas was a lineman, a position that endures as many as 1,000 hits to the head per season.
Recently, neurologists have suggested that such blows to the head could be deceptively severe, even if the player does not feel any pain or show any symptoms. The accumulation of such strikes to the head could cause long-lasting damage.
Young player had brain damage more often seen in NFL veterans
"It shows us that you don't need to have had known or reported concussions to develop this brain disease," Stern said. "It really shows us that those multiple, repetitive sub-concussive blows to the head that are experienced by so many athletes in many different sports can bring on the beginnings of this disease."
The syndrome is believed to be caused by large accumulations of tau proteins in the brain that kill cells in the regions responsible for mood, emotion and executive functioning. Tau proteins are also found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Thomas' brain had evidence of the tau protein.
"CTE, which is a progressive brain disease that eventually would lead to dementia, can start at a very young age," Stern said. "You don't need to have played pro football for years to start developing this disease. Owen was 21 years old, and we saw definitive disease, mild but very definitive."
Thomas apparently hanged himself in his off-campus apartment, according to CNN affiliate Philly.com.
Microscopic images show large numbers of tau (dark brown spots) in the areas of damage. In healthy brain tissue, there would be no such protein tangles.
"While we will never know the cause of Owen Thomas's depression and subsequent suicide, we are aware of and deeply concerned about the medical issues now being raised about football head injuries and will continue to work with the Ivy League and the medical community in addressing these issues," the University of Pennsylvania said in a statement.
"Owen's untimely death was a terrible tragedy, and we continue to grieve for his loss."
Philly.com: Penn football team copes with sadness after 2 suicides in 5 years
CTE remains a baffling condition because there is no test for it while a person is alive. Detecting the syndrome requires brain samples, which cannot be given until a person is dead.
"It definitely can go undetected," Stern said. "We don't know how long it goes, how long it develops before we can start seeing symptoms."
Thomas' case highlights that football should be made safer, Stern said, and the suggestions include reducing the number of hits to the head and using different types of helmets.
"We need to make sure that parents, the kids themselves, the trainers and the coaches really understand that repeating blows to the head over time can have dramatic problems later in life," Stern said.
The NFL has said it will step up efforts in preventing and researching the dangers of head injuries, after the league has been accused of minimizing medical evidence.
NFL medical heads and Goodell convene on brain injuries
"Up to this point, this concern about head concussions was not on my radar," Thomas' mother, the Rev. Kathy Brearley, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, said to Philly.com. "That Owen had the onset of this disease at the age of 21 should be a concern to everyone."
Thomas will be honored in a ceremony Saturday before the University of Pennsylvania's opening game.Player who killed self had brain injury... more
New York Giants third-round draft pick Chad Jones involved in serious car accident in New Orleans
NY DAILY NEWS
June 25th 2010,
Former LSU safety Chad Jones, who the Giants selected in the third round of April’s NFL Draft, lost control of his black SUV and crashed into a streetcar pole in New Orleans around 6:15 Friday morning. He was listed between critical and stable condition, according to New Orleans EMS spokesman Jeb Tate. Two passengers were also injured.
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Utah Leaving Mountain West Conference/Joins Pac-10
Kentucky Coach Tommy Cook…Dale Earnhardt Jr. “Stole My Wife” Hot Amy Reimann
NASCAR superstar DALE EARNHARDT Jr. has zoomed off with another man’s bride, sources tell The ENQUIRER.
The hard-partying 35-year-old bachelor got involved with gorgeous interior decorator Amy Reimann, and broke up her marriage to a college football coach, insiders say.
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The Northeast Blackout of 2003 was a massive widespread power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Ontario, Canada on Thursday, August 14, 2003, at approximately 4:15 p.m. EDT (UTC-04). At the time, it was the second most widespread electrical blackout in history, after the 1999 Southern Brazil blackout. The blackout affected an estimated 10 million people in Ontario and 45 million people in eight U.S. states.
A 1994 solar storm caused major malfunctions to two communications satellites, disrupting newspaper, network television and nationwide radio service throughout Canada. Other storms have affected systems ranging from cell phone service and TV signals to GPS systems and electrical power grids. In March 1989, a solar storm much less intense than the perfect space storm of 1859 caused the Hydro-Quebec (Canada) power grid to go down for over nine hours, and the resulting damages and loss in revenue were estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.From Wikipedia:
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The commercial sparked debate before it was even broadcast, and some groups called for CBS not to air it. Planned Parenthood made an online video response to the Tebow ad with former NFL player Sean James and Olympic Gold medal winner Al Joyner.
The subtle and humorous ad made some wonder what all the fuss was about.
The ad was "very gentle", which was surprising considering how much talk it generated before it even aired, said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He said the use of humor helped make the ad more accessible -- and not off-putting to most people -- although the ad's message was hidden, which made it confusing to people who weren't familiar with it.
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University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt has been fired amid allegations he hit one of his players in the face during a game on Nov. 21. ESPN.com reports the entire coaching staff of the USF football team may be let go.University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt has been fired amid allegations... more
No. 6 Boise State finishes a perfect 14-0 with a 17-10 victory over No. 4 Texas Christian University.
Boise State's defense proved more than a match for TCU's vaunted crew, holding the Horned Frogs to just 308 yards -- 161 below their season average of 469 yards per game -- while Broncos coach Chris Petersen again reached into his back of trickeration for a gutsy fake punt from his own 33, which set up the game-winning touchdown drive.
With the score knotted at 10-10, and neither team doing much on offense, Boise State faced a fourth-and-9 from its own 33 with 9:47 left. Not a place -- or time -- most teams would be willing to take a risk. But Petersen called for a fake punt, and tight end Kyle Efaw was wide open down the middle for a pass from punter Kyle Brotzman that gained 29 yards to the TCU 38. Boise State's offense then caught fire, with three Kellen Moore passes putting the Broncos on the TCU 2-yard line, and Doug Martin flipping into the endzone for what would prove to be the game-winning score.
36 yards. That's how many rushing yards TCU had. The Horned Frogs entered the Fiesta Bowl ranked fifth in the nation in rushing, with an average of 256.5 yards per game
TCU was supposed to be the defensive powerhouse -- ranking No. 1 in the nation in total defense --- but the game belonged to Broncos defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox's crew, which held the Frogs to just 308 total yards. That offense ranked No. 4 in the nation with 469 yards per game. TCU was 1 of 12 on third down.
Boise State punter Kyle Brotzman. Brotzman punted eight times and averaged 44.4 yards per boot, including a 55-yard punt that pinned TCU on its 1-yard line on its final possession with 1:06 left. He also completed the pass on the critical fake punt that changed the tide of the game.
It means Boise State wins the national championship -- for non-automatically qualifying teams. It means TCU falls short of its dream season, a run that was dominant until it was stopped by a bunch of hungry Broncos. Boise State, which finishes a perfect 13-0, will finish ranked in the final top-five, its highest-ever ranking.No. 6 Boise State finishes a perfect 14-0 with a 17-10 victory over No. 4 Texas... more
A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine a national champion, over the objections of some lawmakers who said Congress had more pressing matters on its plate.
The bill, which faces long odds of becoming law, would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I football game as a national championship unless that title contest is the result of a playoff. The measure passed by voice vote in a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee, with one audible "no," from Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.
"With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on," Barrow said before the vote, although he stressed he didn't like the current Bowl Championship Series, either.
The bill's sponsor, GOP Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, said the BCS system is unfair and won't change unless prompted by Congress.
The vote came three days after the BCS selections were announced, including the Jan. 7 national title game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas.
In a statement before the vote, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said, "With all the serious matters facing our country, surely Congress has more important issues than spending taxpayer money to dictate how college football is played."
The subcommittee chairman, Rep. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, said, "We can walk and chew gum at the same time."A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football... more
Florida Gators star defensive end Carlos Dunlap was arrested on Tuesday on DUI charges after being found asleep behind the wheel by Gainesville police. Dunlap, 20, reportedly refused to submit to a breathalyzer test on scene and was taken to jail for suspicion of DUI.Florida Gators star defensive end Carlos Dunlap was arrested on Tuesday on DUI charges... more
With the defense putting on the pressure, an interception closes the game on Senior night. November 21, 2009With the defense putting on the pressure, an interception closes the game on Senior... more
Lane Kiffin's era as head coach of the University of Tennessee football program has been filled with sound bites here and there. Now? It's marred by an arrest of three players from his team. They stand accused of robbery (using a pellet gun) outside a Knoxville convenience store.Lane Kiffin's era as head coach of the University of Tennessee football program... more
The game was overshadowed by the attention centered on the status of Tim Tebow who sustained a concussion two weeks ago from a hit he said he could not rememberThe game was overshadowed by the attention centered on the status of Tim Tebow who... more