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Gov. Rendell: You're wrong, NFL was right and Eagles Lost

Posted December 30, 2010 | 11:56:45 (EST)

The NFL wages a fierce battle in the court of public opinion with issues related to concussions, compensation for retired and injured players, lengthening the regular season and a myriad of other player safety related concerns. But their decision to postpone Sunday's game between my beloved Philadelphia Eagles and the...

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Cecil Newton Sr. (Cam's Dad) for Father of the Year

Posted December 5, 2010 | 11:18:47 (EST)

Get real. Cam Newton is by far the best player this year in NCAA football...bar none. There are some other very talented young players, as there always are, but they are not as talented as the current Auburn QB.

The media is feeding the 24 hour sports news monster by...

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Miami Dolphin Channing Crowder inadvertently makes a compelling argument for NFL Suspensions

Posted October 21, 2010 | 08:46:20 (EST)

I am often criticized for stating that contact and combat athletes often need to be protected from themselves.

Their hyper-competitive instinct is a large part of what allows them to compete at the highest levels. Also the motivating factors of significant financial gain, the roar of the...

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NFL Week 6: Devastating Blows Produce Devastating Outcomes. Players Can NOT Have It Both Ways

Posted October 19, 2010 | 08:59:47 (EST)

I watched NFL Week 6, the bone-crushing collisions, the ubiquitous ESPN highlights and listened to the debates/opinions of ex-NFL players turned TV analysts. The NFL Front office has spoken. They will suspend players for devastating hits.

Many ex-NFL players and presumably some current players are concerned about losing...

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3 Greatest Medical Issues facing the NFL & NFLPA

Posted October 6, 2010 | 11:24:16 (EST)

Re-negotiating the collective bargaining agreement is a major focus of both the NFL owners and the NFLPA but without healthy players the formula for splitting up the pie is a huge but ultimately secondary issue.

Head trauma leading to potential brain injury, drug abuse both performance enhancing and narcotic pain...

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Zero Tolerance for Performance Enhancing Drugs in MMA

Posted September 23, 2010 | 08:09:25 (EST)

Chael Sonnen, despite what ever his argument/excuse may be, got caught taking a performance enhancing drug (PED). He is not the first and most certainly will not be the last to try and gain an unfair advantage or gets caught.

This latest revelation in this on going dark saga merely...

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NFL Week 1: Russian Roulette of Player Safety Continues in Philly

Posted September 12, 2010 | 21:44:05 (EST)

For years, I've written about the dangers of concussions in sports, especially football. I was encouraged with the NFL's significant change of course with respect to their appreciation and policies regarding brain injury, concussion prevention and management. But if no official action is taken regarding the flagrant disregard for player...

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Dr. Laura, Palin & Limbaugh Inc.'s Rhetoric Sadly Resonates with Many Americans

Posted August 20, 2010 | 09:50:00 (EST)

My disappointment with the rhetoric offered by the Sarah Palin's, Dr. Laura's, Rush Limbaugh's, Don Imus's and Glenn Beck's of the world is that their messages resonate with so many Americans.

It seems that every time I begin to become encouraged and believe that there has been real substantial progress...

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Women's Lacrosse: Boys' Brains are more Important than Girls'?

Posted August 18, 2010 | 10:21:23 (EST)

The popularity of womens's lacrosse is growing by leaps and bounds and so is the incidence of concussions.

The local high school, Vero Beach High, in the town where I practice in Florida has become a girl's lacrosse powerhouse winning 5-consecutive state championships. Now it seems that every semi-athletic, little...

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Pacquiao v Margarito. Please Don't Reward a Scoundrel!

Posted July 27, 2010 | 12:28:57 (EST)

Manny Pacquiao is without a doubt one of the greatest fighters in the history of professional boxing. His talent in the ring may only be surpassed by his enormous generosity and love of the people of his native Philippine Islands. Many people can learn something very valuable from Manny Pacquiao

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Floyd Mayweather is a Coward? Hmm, I Doubt it!

Posted July 21, 2010 | 14:47:21 (EST)

Sports media is all a buzz with the on-going Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao saga.

  • Will he...won't he?
  • Why won't he call me back?
  • Does he have something to hide?
  • He's a coward.
  • He takes performance enhancing drugs.

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The Greatest NBA Player Ever? Aren't You Forgetting Someone?

Posted July 16, 2010 | 08:55:46 (EST)

Now that the Lebron James sweepstakes has been decided there is the usual chatter about who is the best NBA player ever.

Of course, there is the deafening roar of "MJ, MJ" and who could quarrel with that? The Kobe chorus is certainly growing in volume with back-to-back championships...

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NY State Assembly Prefers Pro Bull Riding over UFC?

Posted July 9, 2010 | 11:55:36 (EST)

Once again the movement to legalize professional MMA in the state of New York will fall short in 2010.

Regardless of what you may think of MMA as a sport, it is legal in virtually every other state in America. New York is presumably attempting to stand on some...

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Can Antonio Tarver Bring the "Magic" Back to Heavyweight Division?

Posted June 22, 2010 | 10:02:46 (EST)

On June 19th after the Showtime telecast of the Andre Ward destruction of Alan Green, commentator and former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver announced that he was returning to the ring as a heavyweight fighter.

Should Antonio Tarver be seen as a serious contender in the ever increasingly irrelevant world...

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The Promotional 'Lynching' of Kimbo Slice

Posted May 13, 2010 | 08:45:19 (EST)

Yeah I said it...lynching. And I do know what the word means.

Kevin Ferguson aka Kimbo Slice got used by his promotional company and now must endure the aftermath of a public lynching. Mr. Ferguson is an internet phenom that attempted to parlay his internet 'fame' into real dollars...

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Racism in the NFL Is Not Limited to Black Guys

Posted May 5, 2010 | 09:28:43 (EST)

As I commented in an article several days ago, Dallas Cowboy rookie-Dez Bryant was maligned by Dolphins GM, Jeff Ireland. Any explanation, after the fact, that encourages an intelligent person to accept this line of questioning as both reasonable and warranted is an affront to common dignity. Unsubstantiated reports that...

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Will Roger Goodell Discipline One of the NFL's Own?

Posted April 28, 2010 | 08:59:29 (EST)

Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland's interaction with recently drafted Dez Bryant has begun to expose a longstanding, bitter truth in NFL culture -- the notion that players are not men but mere property and will be treated as such. One only needs to examine the NFL's treatment of current and...

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CBS's Jim Nantz Condemns Tiger's Language: What Hyprocrisy!

Posted April 16, 2010 | 16:33:00 (EST)

I routinely enjoy CBS's golf coverage with Flaherty's humorous commentary and the British turns of phrases like "useful shot" are classic. But the never ending hypocrisy astounds me.

Jim Nantz recently chastised Tiger Woods for his language. I understand that CBS doesn't want profanity broadcast on air. But...

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Did Michael Jackson Fall Victim to a Rogue Physician?

Posted April 13, 2010 | 08:36:37 (EST)

Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the death of Michael Jackson. I am not an attorney but I can read, comprehend and I can certainly comment professionally on the matter of 'reasonable care'.

The legal definition of involuntary manslaughter is as follows: an unintentional killing that...

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The Hypocrisy of Augusta National GC Chairman and The Masters

Posted April 8, 2010 | 09:17:29 (EST)

Good Lord! Now I've truly heard it all.

Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, made a very passionate, televised public announcement chastising Tiger Woods. He took Tiger apart and called him a disappointment and a disgrace as a man and a role model.

But wait a minute....

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