Category Archives: sports

About That Basketball Guy

So I guess there was some ridiculous ESPN hour devoted to some basketball player making a terribly heartwrenching decision. You know, the “who’s gonna pay me the most money” decision. Rough life. Whateves.

The reason I mention this is because of this AWESOME LETTER from the majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he ditched. Seriously, go read it. Right now.

Dan Gilbert, you’re my new favorite person from Cleveland. And I actually have family there.

Baseballin’ Saturday

We drove up to San Francisco today to watch the Giants and Cubs play some baseball. The weather was GORGEOUS.

Sailboats at the stadium

We had terrific seats.

Seat view

The game itself sucked but we had a good time anyway. Two things of note. This fellow has a really unfortunate first name.

Merkin

Look it up if you’re not familiar with it. But here is a hint. It reminds me of the thing on this guy’s chin:

Chin

I’m just sayin.’ A few more pics on my flickr.

Super Bowl Monday

I’m not a huge football fan but I was kind of excited to see if the Arizona Cardinals could pull off a win. And for a brief shining moment late in the 4th it looked like they might have pulled off a miracle. But not so much.

In any case, a few days ago I ran across a really interesting CNN article about brain damage studies among dead athletes and the results are fairly amazing.

Until recently, the best medical definition for concussion was a jarring blow to the head that temporarily stunned the senses, occasionally leading to unconsciousness. It has been considered an invisible injury, impossible to test — no MRI, no CT scan can detect it.

But today, using tissue from retired NFL athletes culled posthumously, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE), at the Boston University School of Medicine, is shedding light on what concussions look like in the brain. The findings are stunning. Far from innocuous, invisible injuries, concussions confer tremendous brain damage. That damage has a name: chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
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CTE has thus far been found in the brains of six out of six former NFL players.

“What’s been surprising is that it’s so extensive,” said McKee. “It’s throughout the brain, not just on the superficial aspects of the brain, but it’s deep inside.”

CSTE studies reveal brown tangles flecked throughout the brain tissue of former NFL players who died young — some as early as their 30s or 40s.

McKee, who also studies Alzheimer’s disease, says the tangles closely resemble what might be found in the brain of an 80-year-old with dementia.

“I knew what traumatic brain disease looked like in the very end stages, in the most severe cases,” said McKee. “To see the kind of changes we’re seeing in 45-year-olds is basically unheard of.”

The damage affects the parts of the brain that control emotion, rage, hypersexuality, even breathing, and recent studies find that CTE is a progressive disease that eventually kills brain cells.

Yow. Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to play football (or hockey, or box, or…) I guess is the moral of this story.

St. Louis and sports

How did it become October already??

October always makes me happy – nice weather, post-season baseball, the start of the hockey season, and Halloween!

I was in a sporty state of mind when I ran across this interesting article on the corporatization of professional sports in America. Guess how many firsts were attributed to St. Louis teams? MANY. (I count the Paige arena because of its proximity and also because the Lauries owned the St. Louis Blues at the time.) It’s an interesting read so check it out!

Oh, and GOOOOOOOOO WHITE SOX! 🙂

California sports

Now HERE is a sport that I can get into.

Cardboard Tube Fighting League

A description of what they are, in their own words:

The CTFL was created out of a desperate need to better train and arm citizens with cardboard tubes. While many speculate that our fore fathers, when drafting the constitution, originally intended the fourth amendment to refer to firearms, there is now a small group of non-academics who believe that they were more likely referring to elite militias of card board tube wielding ninjas.

Check out the website, fun stuff with fun photos. Hilarious.