Not much to report these days. Kappy likely stays with the team after April Fool’s day, and something or nothing happens with him. Still think Denver makes a play for him. They really do not want to hit the season with a semi-effective QB in Mark Sanchez and a mid-round QB flier.
Other than that, the New York Times wrote a scathing series of articles on the ineffectual and slipshod manner in which the NFL purportedly studied the effects of concussions and CTE effects on current and former NFL players. I can’t see the NYT articles, but the gist of the back-and-forth between the NFL (tweet wars) and the NYT is chronicled in Huff post.
This come a couple days after Kevin Turner, a fullback and lead blocker for Rickey Watters and Duce Staley back in the day for the Philadelphia Eagles, died of ALS, or Lou Gherig’s disease. If the NFL is unsure of the connection between football and concussions, they will sure certainly call this bullshit.ALS hits home with the 49ers, as three former players, Matt Hazeltine, QB Bob Waters, and RB Gary Lewis all died of ALS. All were on the Niners in the early 60s, and they all played together in 1964. Waters and Hazeltine died within 2 weeks of each other in 1987, and Lewis died in 1989. How a disease that hits about 1 in 100,000 people managed to hit 3 players in a group of 48 defies statistical anomaly.
Kevin Turner, who was fighting the NFL on his case, seems to think his condition was worsened by his playing the game. That there is a link between ALS, CTE, concussions, and early death. Seeing how the NFL is letting ex-players die in the streets and barely paying lip service to the men who built the game to what it is today, it’s especially tragic.
Here’s the article regarding Kevin Turner.
The comparison of NFL players to gladiators sent to the ring to fight or die is becoming mora and more appropriate.