Nyquist Wins Florida Derby

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Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby Turns Loss-Control and Risk-Analysis on Its Head

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, commenting on the Ivy League’s recent decision to eliminate tackling during the week, had this to say:

“I think we have to be thoughtful about (making changes),” Bowlsby said. “We know there are implications for concussive events. We don’t know very much about what the implications are for subconcussive repetitive use for blows to the head. Until we get some data on it, it’s going to be hard to make an informed decision.”

Bowlsby’s evasivion takes advantage of the current misguided obsession in college sports with first defining whether a concussion has or has not occurred. A concussion is a grab-bag collection of clinical and radiographic symptoms which collectively are a ‘syndrome’ about which not enough is yet known. But too many in college sports conclude that, if all symptoms which are normally associated with a concussion are not present, then there is no ‘injury,’ and there can be a return to play, because, as Bowlsby suggests, “we don’t know very much about ‘subconcussive’ repetitive use for blows to the head.”

That approach turns ordinary risk-analysis and loss-control on its head. There is enough information — even though imprecise — about the short-and long-term deleterious effects of tackling on brain function to insist upon using an excess of prevention and caution — which is what the Ivy League has done. Where the risk is ill-defined, the Ivy League’s new rule prudently recognizes that, at some time in the future, medical science may plausibly define some substantive brain injury from ‘subconcussive’ blows. Bowlsby, in contrast, stakes out the position that there’s no risk, because no one has defined with certainty a connection between subconcussive blows and finite brain injury. If Bowlsby’s assessment is wrong, it’s not his brain which has been damaged while he waited for proof certain.

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Incredible Video – Steph Curry’s Twelve Threes in One Game

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The Tortoise of Student-Athlete Power Advances: Queens College SAs force Removal of BKB Coach for Abuse

Queens College head basketball coach Daryl Jacobs was removed from his position this week, after every Queens College varsity basketball player told the college president that they refused to continue playing on the team if he continued as coach. Jacobs’ abuse was, according to the report, only verbal, but extremely and repeatedly demeaning and caustic.Perhaps just as important was the players’ apparently unanimous assessment of Queens AD China Jude: “We don’t trust her.”

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On the heels of the recent refusal of Mizzou football players to play unless the the Missouri president resigned – and his subsequent almost immediate resignation, these events at Queens College suggest that the slow-moving tortoise of student-athlete power is inching forward.

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Utah Jazz Portray the Trump Question: was that left … or right?

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This Video Beats the R’s Debate

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No Wonder People Hate Duke: Grayson Allen trips another opponent

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Erin Andrews’ Peeping Trail Begins Next Week

Erin Andrews suit concerning her claim that Windsor Capital Group is responsible for negligent infliction of emotional distress, as the result peeping which David Barrett, aged 50, engaged in while Andrews was a guest at a Marriott Hotel. Andrews, a native of Lewiston, Maine, was in town for a Vanderbilt football game.

Though it is not clear from the record, it looks as though Marriot has already settled with Andrews. The testimony might be contentious and entertaining.

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Court Tosses former UNC Players’ “Negligent Education” Suit Filed Against UNC

A North Carolina state judge tossed a suit filed by two former UNC athletes, former basketball player Leah Metcalf and former football player James Arnold, both of whom claimed that the they had been “funneled” into sham courses in the unversity’s notorious Afro-Am studies department, and therefore did not receive the education promised them when they enrolled. The judge concluded that the unversity could not be sued on these grounds, because of sovereign immunity and, in addition, that the pertinent statute of limitations had passed.

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