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Old 10-08-2013, 08:11 PM   #1
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Default Frontline. League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

There's a 2 hr Frontline program documentary about the NFL's concussion crisis. They are using the 70's Steelers as the poster children in it, and they get deep and graphic. It's on now at 8pm central time on PBS. It should air several more times in the next week or two as well. Check your local listings.

LINK: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365093675/
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Default Re: Frontline. League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

What happened to Mike Webster shouldn't happen to anyone because they played a sport. And the NFL kept denying for years. The show was hard to watch, but even harder to stop watching. Nobody does stories like this as well as Frontline does.
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Default Re: Frontline. League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

I finished watching it this morning.

I really don't know if I will let my son play football next year after seeing this.
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Default Re: Frontline. League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

They did a good job of tying everything together - moral of the story is that if you get in the NFL's way they will not hesitate to try and bust you up

I was impressed with ex-Giant Harry Carson among others

Post-Gazette had a good story several weeks ago on how football participation is off significantly in western PA


Football rosters dwindle with concussions as culprit


For the past few years, the number of high school football players around the country has dropped dramatically. An annual survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations showed that more than 25,000 fewer kids played football in the U.S. last year than only four years before. About 10,000 fewer kids played last year than 2011.

And nowhere is the shrinking of rosters more evident than in Western Pennsylvania high schools.

From big schools in Class AAAA to small schools in Class A, many rosters are shrinking, and some by a large amount. Although there could be a few different reasons why fewer kids are playing football, everyone from coaches, to school administrators, to parents say the main reason is fear of concussions.


http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...ulprit-702197/
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Default Re: Frontline. League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

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What happened to Mike Webster shouldn't happen to anyone because they played a sport. And the NFL kept denying for years. The show was hard to watch, but even harder to stop watching. Nobody does stories like this as well as Frontline does.
I played up through high school, makes me want to start getting my head checked out as part of my yearly physical.
But the Steelers were even know to practice on gravel parking lots back in the day before they built their first stadium, so it was rough all the way around.
Outside of the bullets and bombs, the conditions in the NFL are even much more severe than even on the battlefield. One of my coach's always told us, the reason you wear pads and a helmet on the field is to give you the 'false sense' that your safe, and who to throw the ball to, that's it. Guys that hit leading with, or using their heads are simply foolish and crazy, based on what we know about CTE today.

That A-Hole Goodell should offer Dr. Bennet Omalu a position. Or Dr Omalu should sue the hell out of them.
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Default Re: Frontline. League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

Good summary of reactions to League of Denial in this linked article

http://q.usatoday.com/2013/10/08/lea...ial-live-blog/
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Although there could be a few different reasons why fewer kids are playing football, everyone from coaches, to school administrators, to parents say the main reason is fear of concussions.
My sister and brother-in-law won't let my nephew play football for this very reason. He's okay with that, though, since he likes playing baseball better.
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My sister and brother-in-law won't let my nephew play football for this very reason. He's okay with that, though, since he likes playing baseball better.
Lacrosse has become the trendy sport for college bound kids in northside Atlanta

When I was in Dicks Sporting Goods recently they had an entire lacrosse section which you would not have seen 5 years ago

I think that is how the sport may crumble - a lot of football's appeal starts with everything that goes into the Friday Night Lights mystique of high school football - if parents will not let their sons play that bond is weakened
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Lacrosse has become the trendy sport for college bound kids in northside Atlanta

When I was in Dicks Sporting Goods recently they had an entire lacrosse section which you would not have seen 5 years ago

I think that is how the sport may crumble - a lot of football's appeal starts with everything that goes into the Friday Night Lights mystique of high school football - if parents will not let their sons play that bond is weakened
My other nephew, different sis and bro-in-law, plays hockey, so that gives us something to worry about.
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Default Re: Frontline. League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

And what about the other 90% of ex players who do not have brain damage? Did they interview them? Or is the true beginning of Goodell destroying football? And when is Philip Morris going to stop producing cigarettes because smoking will give you cancer? Hell, even 2nd hand smokers get cancer for Christ sake.
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