Noted excellent author and horrible pun enthusiast Adam Jacobi has a piece up over at BHGP discussing dead-at-27 former Iowa Safety Tyler Sash's recent diagnosis with CTE.
The diagnosis is, sadly, no surprise. Sash's fall after football was swift and pronounced, and his arrest in 2014 typified the erratic behavior of those suffering from the disease. Its advancement in his young age, however, is more of a surprise, if only because researchers said they had only seen one other similar case.
Sash's death isn't a problem specific to Iowa football, of course. The University of Iowa was Sash's home for just four of his 16 years of playing football, and as Marc Morehouse wrote in 2014, the University of Iowa has a substantial, multifaceted concussion protocol. There's no reason to think the school came up short in its medical treatment of Sash.
That shouldn't reassure you; it should terrify you. Tyler Sash's life and death as a football player aren't an aberration from protocol; they are part of the protocol. Football killed Tyler Sash.
I agree with Jacobi's premise that other sports have often struggled with the danger they impose - his NASCAR description is apt. As hockey discusses banning fighting, I think the answer is they must. Sorry to share a downer, but this is well done and quite the rejoiner to Harbaugh's "Football is worth it" piece from earlier this year.
I compiled all of the BHGP Podcast intros up to now, including some of their one-off ones. It also includes the intro from the short lived Maize Pants collaboration podcast. Listen to it to prepare for the Iowa game today.
Black Heart Gold Pants has a new podcast up. Go for the opening theme song, stay for some MSU vs Iowa hoops talk. Michigan gets quite a few mentions considering.
Black Heart Gold Pants, the chaotic neutral Iowa sbnation blog, probably has the best sense of humor of any of the college football blogs. This is probably a necessary condition for surviving Iowa football on a consistent basis.
Their podcast has a tradition of co-opting popular summer songs by applying BHGP's particular brand of anarchic semi-despondency: last summer's version was Call Me Maybe.
They've just debuted their new theme song based on Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. Here's a sample of the corn-fed Iowa goodness:
'We’re gonna 4-and-8 ya, punt from the 38 ya, lose to I-O-Wa State ya"
The link is here: link.
The good folks at BHGP have pieced together why Bielema has moved on. And done so in a form we can all understand. Chart?
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Worth checking out this podcast as Iowa and MSU prepare to play:
Sparty has identified AIRBHG-brother who hates MSU offensive line
Gholston not over-rated just keyed on
MSU starts slow
Burbridge now top receiving threat (i.e., can catch a ball)
Number 1 and 2 TE for MSU both out