alternate headline: man does job
Notre Dame alum wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about why she will not be rooting for Notre Dame to win the National Championship: two current players on the team are alleged to have committed sexual assualt and rape, and the school has promoted an environment to attack the victims in order to protect the football team.
There was a discussion in another thread (click here) about Roger Goodell and the potential for kickoff elimination as a way to curb concussions.
My thought* (which I shared in that thread) was simple: if the powers that be really care about concussions, there is probably one real way to address them: by imposing a maximum weight for playing football. The thinking is this: players are simply just too big and fast these days.
Of course, there are a lot of possible nuances to such a scheme, including different limits per position, and what the actual limits should be. Your idea goes here!
My feelings on Goodell's positioning is that it all relates to potential lawsuit deflection, i.e., concrete small actions he can point to saying "look, we have been trying to make it better!" The real problem lies in something more fundamental: huge, fast men bashing heads over and over. Unless that changes, concussions, for better or worse, are likely here to stay.
That, or some kind of awesome weird big football helmets.
* - actually my wife suggested this. She is pretty smart though.
West Viriginia Univ. told its Mountaineer to stop using his musket to hunt after he posted a video online of himself kiling a black bear with the gun. He fires it at home games without any ammunition, but it is, obviously, a working weapon, and it's apparently a WVU mascot tradition to go hunting with it. Maybe I'm tired because it's Friday, but this strikes me as...interesting.
EDIT: I encourage the reader to think not of gun rights or animals and instead to imagine the man below, dressed as he is, sneaking through the woods yelling "Go Mountaineers!" has he shoots a gun that has been outdated since before the Civil War. Apologies to those who are offended for gun owners, or animals, or gun-owning animals.
General discussion thread, but some interesting points. First, on the B1G Expansion, Barry Alvarez candidly said that Penn State was thinking of leaving the B1G (no idea why, the B1G doesn't have an exit fee, as schools make more money in the B1G than they can elsewhere) and the additions of Maryland and Rutgers were somewhat to placate PSU.
Barry also said that an additional school was interested, but told "No thanks" due to academic concerns.
This according to multiple people on Twitter.
Also, with Butch Jones out at Cincy, MSU DC Narduzzi is their leading candidate.
Also, this picture was tweeted out by (EDIT, a FAKE account, but still, in my heart I believe that's a picture of him) Brett Bielema about growing up on a Pig Farm
Where can one find the football team's itinerary in Tampa? Specifically, what day will they be visiting Busch Gardens? I was accidentally at BG last year when the MSU players were there and my spartan wife got pics of the kids with Kirk Cousins and it makes me fucking sick so I need to be there the day the Wolverines are there so my kids get pics with anyone in UM sweats weighing over 260 pounds. My kids all love Denard obviously so they are excited to go and have the chance to be there and see him. I am not doing this for me because I am not weird or a stalker. It's for the kids. Thanks.
A little birdie saying Gareon Conley has committed to Ohio State. On official visit. Will look to confirm.
EDIT" His high school coach has apparently confirmed.
[LOCKED - PGB: Well, I go out for a long lunch break to take my kid to get his haircut and I come back to this mess. It took Ace, BiSB, and now me to weed out one f-ing bad apple. Instead of trying to go through the entire thread and delete any reference to that poison fruit, I'm locking the thread and hiding the comments. Sorry to all who wanted to comment. The news is out there and I assume Brian will post it too so you all can comment in that thread. And, yes, it was fun moderating a thread started by a former mod.]