Head Hunters: How The NFL Actively Ignores Concussions

Despite the title traditionally going to baseball, football really is America’s game. The start of the NFL season is right around the corner. But just when everyone’s ready to get excited, the league’s casting a shadow over the game.

What can bring down the most powerful sports league in the States? Concussions.

The NFL has always been pretty bad when it comes to dealing with concussions and for the most part, fans have come to accept it. Football’s an inherently dangerous game and it’s not like anyone’s actively trying to hurt the players. But last week, ESPN pulled out of their collaboration with PBS called Frontline: League of Denial, which would reportedly expose unprecedented evidence of brain damage in NFL players and the league’s refusal to admit the issue.

And when you thought that couldn’t get any worse, it did. On Thursday, the NFL and over 4000 retired players who were seeking compensation for their concussions and concussion-related symptoms settled out of court for a relatively paltry sum. But that’s not all. We’ll break down the NFL’s relationship with concussions and the recent legal decision below. Read more…

Would You Let Your Son Play Football? Obama, Goodell & NYU Community Weigh In

Remember that big football game from this past weekend? You know, the thing that bookended the Beyonce concert? It was pretty great. After all, there is nothing more American than eating terrible food and drinking while watching large men run into each other.

All is not that well in the sport though, as more and more attention is being paid to the safety of players; the league has finally acknowledged repeated hits to the head are dangerous. Quite simply, the NFL has a concussion problem. Additionally, the macho culture of football encourages a dangerous perseverance; the desire to play through an injury is the worst possible course of action in response to head trauma.

Recently, big names like President Obama and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have voiced their opinions on the matter. And, here at NYU, we have a few of our own, too. Would you let your son play football? Let’s find out.

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We Just Can’t Quit You Mark Sanchez — Gridiron G-Chat: Week 14

Well Eric is out slamming people all over the place for the national champion NYU Slam Poetry team, so he can’t be here this week, but he will be back soon. And speaking of people are coming back soon, I feel like I’ve got to give my two bits on this whole Mark Sanchez thing. (For those of you are not caught up, check out Eric’s great step-by-step guide to the Jet’s QB controversy, featuring Broadway performer Lin-Manuel Miranda.) The fact that Sanchez is projected to start on Sunday against Jacksonville is ridiculous.

I don’t care if he broke two ribs – if Tim Tebow can play, he should be starting this Sunday. How can people say that the Tim Tebow experiment failed in New York, when it never really happened at all? Tebow’s only thrown the ball seven times this year, so this fear of Tebow taking over the offense needs to end, and Rex Ryan needs to finally see if all that Denver magic can be replicated in New York. But enough talking about a 5-7 team, let’s get into this weeks’ games.

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