The NFL, the Creeping Malaise, and CTE

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nfl-ny-times-concussion-report-ads_us_56f5aa61e4b0a372181a02df

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.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/15059587/kevin-turner-46-dies-long-battle-als

The comparison of NFL players to gladiators sent to the ring to fight or die is becoming mora and more appropriate.

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16 Responses to The NFL, the Creeping Malaise, and CTE

  1. Winder says:

    One of the differences of players in the 50’s and 60’s was that many of them were not even paid a livable wage. They had to have jobs on the side. The players of that time may not be as fast or as fit looking as they are now but no one can say they were not as tough. I think the players of that day were far tougher than any of them today. Most of them truly loved the game, the real game of football.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, it’s pretty disgusting to me that the players and the league have turned their backs on these guys, seeing the billions upon billions made by the league on the backs of their love for the game.

    Mike Ditka was ridiculed for the fuck-up that his foundation turned out to be, but that doesn’t change the fact that ex-players are still dying in the streets even now due to the NFL delaying and denying coverage to them. Gene Upshaw was of the idea “Fuck ’em. I got mine.” Funny how once he got to run the union how fast his tune changed from embattled player to multi-millionaire running the NFLPA.

  3. Irish Kevin says:

    Well as medical info becomes more and more available, players are going to start looking at that “quality of life” thing. I see more and more players retiring early if they get 1-2 concussions. Because concussions are cumulative. It is not just one and then not get another for 2 years so no worry. It is get 1then 2, then 3, by that time your quality of life is not good later! So yeah I think you will see players retiring before 30 if they get one or two concussions.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    This thread isn’t going to last long.

    Maybe this’ll get Bergs out of the weeds.

    http://www.veoh.com/watch/v55778488MKs6J5Dr

  5. rob says:

    Berger is alive and well CHUCK

  6. unca_chuck says:

    You talking to him?

  7. unca_chuck says:

    This is what I’ve been saying for a while. Denver is really the only suitor. If they come up to offer a 2nd rounder, that would be considered ‘blown away.’ He’d get traded. Bear in mind that this could happen after 4/1. Or 5/15. There is plenty of time to do this deal.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    It’s the new reality, Rob. Pretend that your generation is the most important, and fuck all the people that came behind you laying the groundwork.

    • rob says:

      Yeah that’s my biggest concern too CHUCK.
      Not thrilled with having a new DC who’s defense ranked 28th last year. Add to it Chips’ teams being ranked so poorly in total ‘D’ to start with and you have to worry.
      The take on Tank sounds like a good one though. I’m guessing Baalke originally saw this as the role for Carradine and Tommy was willing to find the best fit for Tank last year.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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