"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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We get to start this thread a bit early today, since we have a London game about to kick off. Perhaps the biggest news of the day isn't about football at all - Yahoo is streaming the game, for free, for the first time in NFL history. Here's hoping that becomes the norm sooner rather than later!
An "unnamed organization" (read NFL??) has contacted a scientific innovation company about designing a concussion-proof helmet. This info came out of a long, yet fascinating article about Lowell Wood who just surpassed Thomas Edison as the inventor with the most patents by an individual in the U.S.
The entire article is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-americas-top-inventor-lowell-wood/
Pertinent excerpts are provided below:
"Recently folks have been getting really concerned about concussions, because professional athletes are showing up demented in their 40s and dying before they’re 50 with real unpleasant brains at autopsies. So we were asked to look at the concussion situation from an inventive standpoint."
"An organization—he declines to say which—came to talk him into developing anticoncussion technology."
"Wood’s anticoncussion solution, much like football, isn’t for the squeamish. Sensors in the helmet trigger a mechanism that fuses a player’s helmet and shoulder pads. Wood is vague on exactly how that would work, but spikes or rods of some kind would shoot down from the helmet to keep the head from turning."
“In a fraction of a—a tenth, a twentieth, a thirtieth—second, the helmet will put things down that will grab your collarbones and not only will your neck not break, but your brain won’t be damaged. You may take some collarbone damage, but everybody understands that collarbones heal. At least you won’t take the lasting damage to an organ that you really depend on. That’s what we’ve invented.”
"And there’s two interesting things that you can do. First of all, you can give them a helmet that will measure what the level of damage is that happens in any particular hit and will signal, ‘Hey kid, you’ve had enough, this is it for a day, a week, a month, or whatever. You’re just on the sidelines. You had a bad break, and here’s what has to be done in order to prevent permanent damage.’"
“Then the more engineering-inventive sort of thing is a helmet that will actually prevent the damage no matter how badly you may misbehave or somebody may mistreat you. You can literally keep the brain from twisting in a helmet, or, worse comes to worst, the helmet will go active on you and will anchor your head to your shoulders.”