I did not make this headline up
Thought this was a good little read about why a particular NFL player continues to play football, potentially risking a promising career in mathematics.
Regarding balancing playing vs. brain injury risk:
Naturally, I believe that I have a certain insight into this dilemma, due to my non-athletic pursuits. In particular, I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s in mathematics, all with a 4.0, and numerous published papers in major mathematical journals. I am a mathematical researcher in my spare time, continuing to do research in the areas of numerical linear algebra, multigrid methods, spectral graph theory and machine learning. I’m also an avid chess player, and I have aspirations of eventually being a titled player one day.
Asked Funchess about lack of TDs in '14. He revealed broken right toe and torn ligaments suffered in ND, played in pain, still not 100%— angelique (@chengelis) March 21, 2015
So he played hurt last year. That certainly explains some of the lack of production. I've never broken my toe or torn ligaments in my toe (I assume that's where the ligament tears were) but I imagine that it makes it pretty hard to run crisp routes and get up for jump balls.
UPDATE: the Detroit News has a much fuller story on this now (LINK). Main points:
- Funchess "tore a ligament, cracked some bones off and ruptured some cartilage"
- Didn't play against Miami (OH) but took a shot to play against Utah, when he reinjured the toe
- It still hurts, but he won't need surgery
cbssports.com has been doing a college football helmet bracket and I know its been posted on here before. They are now in the Elite Eight and its Michigan vs Michigan State.
You dont need to log in and can just vote: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/25112425/helmet-madness----college-football-bracket-elite-eight-voting
Final Four to be announced Monday - Sparty must be voting as they have taken down Alabama and Miami to get there.
Sources are reporting he is ready to decide. Probably not a good sign since we didn't get another visit.
A picture says a thousand words.
Harbaugh speaking with the #6 ranked, B1G Regular Season Champion Women's Gymnastics team the day before they host the B1G Championhips at Crisler Center.