Should young people even be playing football?

CTE isn’t just a pro football Issue; college and high school players are also at risk, and the damage can be life-altering

Should young people even be playing football?Most people associate chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive brain disease caused by repetitive brain trauma, with professional football – specifically retired Canadian Football League and National Football League players.  But CTE is more than a pro football issue. While the Boston University CTE Center has discovered CTE in the brains of 110 of 111…

There’s no such thing as a concussion-safe football helmet

The only way to significantly reduce brain trauma is greatly reducing the number of full-contact practices and scrimmages

There’s no such thing as a concussion-safe football helmetHelmet makers, along with some coaches, athletic directors and youth sports administrators would like you to believe that there are football helmets available that will greatly reduce the risk of brain trauma and concussions. To put it nicely, they’re misleading you. The reality is there’s very little a helmet can do to prevent brain trauma and…

NFL tackled for a loss by Trump

By taking on NFL players over their anthem protests, the president shows he understands their fans better than they do

NFL tackled for a loss by TrumpThe National Football League has recast its rules about kneeling in protest during The Star Spangled Banner. As is their wont, the NFL owners made things worse, not better, with their compromise. Stated simply, players and coaches must stand for the playing of the anthem before NFL games. However, those with objections are told they…

NFL puts greed ahead of freedom of expression, again

NFL owners are rich, not necessarily smart. Forcing players to stand at attention during the national anthem undermines basic rights

NFL puts greed ahead of freedom of expression, again“Being rich doesn’t mean you’re smart, honest or fair. It just means you're rich.” That’s how John Feinstein ended his column about how former San Francisco 49er Eric Reid is getting punished by rich National Football League owners – in the same way former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is – for kneeling during the playing…

Stephen Goldsmith transformed how cities should operate

The former Indianapolis mayor demonstrated how to improve service and cut costs – and taxes

Stephen Goldsmith transformed how cities should operateWho is the greatest champion in the history of Indianapolis? Most would say Peyton Manning, the superstar quarterback who led the National Football League’s Colts to Super Bowl victory. Hockey buffs might offer Wayne Gretzky, who played his first eight games of pro hockey in the Indiana capital for the Indianapolis Racers. Speaking of racers,…

Can sports go back to spitballing on the big calls?

Video replay in football is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. And each sport has similar problems

Can sports go back to spitballing on the big calls?Al Michaels was nettled. The star NBC announcer had watched yet another officiating tire fire at the end of Saturday’s Los Angeles Rams/Atlanta Falcons playoff game. He asked: Why do the final two minutes of a hockey game take two minutes, but the final two minutes of a National Football League game take 20 minutes…

Luck plays a big part in creating a winning athlete

Fire the coach. Yell at the players to motivate them. Or accept that luck plays a significant role in the outcome, no matter how valiant your efforts

Luck plays a big part in creating a winning athleteNow is the winter of sports discontent. National Football League coaches are being primed for the chop. National Hockey League and National Basketball Association coaches, too, are trying to stay one step ahead of the grim reaper as their teams’ rosy prospects dim. In the NFL, we hear that longtime Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis…

The ugly tug of war for control of the NFL

If Roger Goodell were a quarterback in his league, we’d say he’s slow to react to pressure and always making bad reads in coverage

The ugly tug of war for control of the NFLWhere’s Bernie Sanders when you really need him? The American socialist scold – who’s usually out of his mind about corporate perks and privilege – has been remarkably quiet about the contract negotiations going on for National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell. According to anonymous source – oh hell, we all know it’s Dallas Cowboys…

How I finally made peace with the CFL

I still prefer the NFL to the CFL. But I’ve gained a brand-new appreciation for the Canadian game

How I finally made peace with the CFLFor years, I’ve written columns and op-eds declaring my preference for the National Football League over the Canadian Football League. The former was described as a superior organization in terms of teams, players, skills and quality of game, while the latter was depicted as either a weak sister or mediocre by comparison. In March, I…

Dissing female sports reporters is just equal treatment

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrique was treated like almost all reporters are treated by most athletes. With disdain

Dissing female sports reporters is just equal treatmentHe was who we thought he was. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton took up residence in a barrel of his own construction last week. Responding to a postgame question from a female Charlotte Observer reporter about passing routes, Newton responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.” It was the sort…