"In response to CBSSports.com's request for Michigan's concussion management protocol, the athletic department sent the NCAA's 11-page document for treating head injuries."
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|26 min 8 sec ago||It's taking some time . . .||
to draft your apology, I assume? Maybe you can consult DB, he seems so good at it.
|35 min 3 sec ago||Guys, I'm confused . . .||
There's a reference in this statement to "Coach Hoke." Is this meant to refer to "J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Football Coach Brady Hoke"? I can't believe that in a statement of this magnitude that will receive so much national attention, DB would screw up the opportunity to promote the Michigan Brand(TM). J. Ira and Nicki have got a refund coming.
Also, I guess we've solved the mystery concerning Hoke's new practice this year of refusing to address injuries. This now seems wise in retrospect, given that he apparently doesn't know about the injury status of his players.
|17 hours 39 min ago||"They sent him to the medical team the very next play"||
I suggest you watch Hoke's press conference, as I did, because he claimed no such thing. Nothing in that press conference would tell you that Morris was evaluated for a possible head injury at any point during the game, much less that "they" (assuming you mean the coaching staff) sent him for such an evaluation. The best Hoke could do is promise a statement from the medical staff -- I guess the attorneys are still working on that and couldn't get it done before Hoke's presser -- that supposedly will shed more light on this issue. It's certainly telling, and perhaps wise, that Hoke was not trusted to say, even in general, what sort of medical assessment was done during the game.
|18 hours 45 min ago||Waiting to hear the Space Coyote spin . . .||
"You know that stuff I said about coaches not watching the ball . . . what I meant is that coaches do watch the ball . . . at least sometimes, except when they shouldn't. Because of course I realize that my argument about coaches not watching the ball was irrelevant, since Shane didn't have the ball when he was hit. So my point is, coaches -- including me, by the way, because I am, in fact, a coach myself, and here's an anecdote from my coaching experience -- sometimes watch the ball and sometimes don't. In conclusion, let's assume Hoke did the right thing here, even while conceding that in some alternate, purely theoretical universe, he might not always do the right thing."
|19 hours 14 sec ago||Well . . .||
here's a few things we still don't know (what a surprise!) after Hoke's press conference. First, you say the coaches go with the in-game assessments of the medical staff. But do the coaches have no role/responsibility to see that a kid is sent to the medical staff for an assessment? It's fine to speculate -- giving Hoke every benefit of the doubt, as you routinely do -- that neither Hoke nor Nussmeier saw the hit on Shane, but are we to believe that nobody on the coaching/training/medical staff, whether on the sidelines or up in the booth, saw anything that warranted an assessment? Next, it is a matter of fact, easily ascertainable to Hoke by now, whether an assessment of Shane was, in fact, done and he was cleared to play before he was sent back into the game. Yet, despite the firestorm around this issue, the best Hoke can say is that he "assumes" the medical staff did whatever it is they should have done. That doesn't sound like someone who plans on doing any sort of serious "followup with the medical staff." If Shane Morris's mom calls Brady Hoke, is he going to tell her that he "assumes" everything was done correctly with her son?
|19 hours 28 min ago||I'd call it . . .||
good news. Beyond that, I'd call it something different than when a coach tells his AD before the season begins that he's retiring at the end of the season.
|20 hours 49 min ago||Maybe I stated it unclearly . . .||
but I consider the trainers to be part of Hoke's staff, and the buck stops with him. As matters now stand, it appears that Hoke, the coaching staff, and the training staff all failed to see the need to evaluate Morris on the sidelines for a possible concussion. Hoke has now stated, two days later, that he merely "assumes" that Shane was evaluated by someone for something in the 90 or so seconds before he was sent back into the game, with Hoke's express approval (after being asked by an official if he'd prefer to take a timeout instead). I was merely expressing my view that Hoke should be a little more concerned that his assumption might have been unfounded --- and maybe, just maybe, he'd want to get to the bottom of what actually happened to avoid any more incidents like that in the future. Apparently not, however.
|21 hours 1 min ago||And no doubt . . .||
the head coach "surely was aware," by the time of his press conference two days later, whether his trainers actually made any such assessment on the sideline -- before, by the way, the coach sent him back into the game a mere 90 seconds after he left. And yet Hoke doesn't claim to know about any such assessment. Here's an imagined conversation between Hoke and Shane's parents:
Mom: Our son took a hit, his head snapped backward and bounced off the ground, and he needed a teammate to prop him up. Did your medical staff look into that before he was sent back into the game?
Hoke: Nah, a concussion test can be done at any time. So even if his life and well being were momentarily in danger during the game, it all worked out in the end -- at least we think so, although Shane still could exhibit symptoms for weeks/months. And I'm confident my staff, when speaking to Shane with his helmet on for a few seconds before we sent him back in, had fully evaluated his speech, cognitive abilities, and pupils -- a real lifesaver, because otherwise we would have had to burn a timeout in a blowout loss. So in short, you're a moron to be concerned about your son.
|21 hours 18 min ago||". . . the medical staff did nothing post game . . ."||
Yep, count me as another vote for deliberately dense. Or just flat-out trolling. Meanwhile, can we get a ruling on Godwin's law -- does Stalin count?
|21 hours 25 min ago||"Ran him out of town"||
Is that what the kids these days are calling retirement?
|21 hours 28 min ago||Um, just wondering . . .||
Doesn't one have to perform a concussion test in order to obtain concussion results? But apparently Dr. Brady and his crack staff didn't see fit to perform any such test -- and Hoke doesn't claim to know otherwise. So, in other words -- unless anyone has evidence that a concussion test was performed . . . stfu.
|21 hours 33 min ago||Back . . . and to the left||
That is one magic loogie . . . er, helmet.
|21 hours 56 min ago||Please ask her . . .||
if she can perform a concussion test in 90 seconds or less. If not, she's clearly not competent to be a part of the football team's medical staff.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Second best?||
My personal favorite (following bland Jerry Kill comment on injured player):
|5 days 18 hours ago||Maybe I've got my chronology wrong . . .||
The stats from Oregon show that the blocked punt happened late in the 4th quarter. On the other hand, the punting in that game was an adventure -- Oregon returned one for a TD in the 2nd quarter, Michigan messed up a fake punt, and the average yards per punt (for 8 punts) was 33.5. So maybe the rugby punting was a reaction to all of the above in the Oregon game.
|5 days 18 hours ago||I'm pretty sure . . .||
they did the rugby-style thing later in the Oregon game, after the block. They might have successfully avoided any more blocks (not sure), but I recall that the rugby punts were laughably executed. I'll have to check the punt statistics from that game.
|5 days 18 hours ago||They used it in the Oregon game, for sure||
And as Callahan says, I recall that it was a reaction to their inability to block in a more "conventional" formation. A total seat-of-the-pants reaction, I might add -- Callahan correctly points out that it looked like it was installed on the fly with no preparation whatsoever.
|5 days 20 hours ago||I'm sold!||
If there's one thing I want in a pizza, it's honesty. Or maybe honesty and transparency . . . but I guess that's two things, isn't it?
|1 week 5 days ago||This is helpful . . .||
but leaves some questions unanswered. Is NFL league revenue used to pay Goodell and other league officials, and to cover other league-wide expenses? If so, the NFL can easily manage to "lose" money through such means as paying Goodell way too much (check), building palatial league offices, etc. In that case, I'd rather see the league paying taxes than finding ways to spend its profits on needless extravagances. Also, it appears from the statutory language you quote that the NFL is singled out over, say, MLB -- is professional football operated differently from other pro sports, such that this distinction is justified?
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Halftime show||
Since the MMB sometimes takes a bit of a beating around here, and there seems to be a concern that maybe they're on the decline, it seems worth a mention that the halftime show was really well done, IMHO.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||The mini-band was out and about for Miami as well||
As you say, they seem to focus on parts of the stadium other than the student section. I sit about as far away from the students as possible (southeast corner), and I don't recall a game where the mini-band didn't make an appearance.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Carr also . . .||
gave a "players are trying their hardest" spiel after the Horror (or maybe it was Oregon), as though anyone was blaming the players for those debacles. As Brian says, it was nice that the fans on Saturday got the perfect opportunity to boo when it was clear who it was directed at.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That "stellar resume"||
includes last year's Akron game and yesterday's game -- both wins, sure, but only due to hapless competition. When you play like that and upgrade the competition all the way to, say, last year's Nebraska, things don't go so well.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||A clear upgrade from ND . . .||
at least when it comes to flag-unfurling skill and high-tech scoreboards.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||That wasn't spread punting . . .||
It was "let's have our punter run sideways while kicking, even though we haven't practiced it, in a desperate attempt to avoid another blocked punt". And if I remember correctly, that was 2003 (the Oregon game particularly sticks in my mind), and Hoke was at Ball State by then.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I never played football . . .||
at Michigan or elsewhere, so my opinions on the subject are invalid. Also, I have never flown an F-16 or otherwise participated in missile strikes on hockey arenas or volcanoes.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I can't wait for the next installment . . .||
Draftageddon: Leftover Uninformative Tidbits (and Snark)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||"Take 2, and then take this other 2 . . . "||
Uh, can I get just a little help here? Wait, I've almost got it . . . crap, no I don't. I can get to 3 . . . oh, heck, I give up. Will there be an answer key in the next post?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||And apparently . . .||
that's "what he needs to do" (sez Dantonio) to leave his troubles behind him and earn his way back into good standing with the team. If only Glasgow was a playmaker . . . .
|5 weeks 5 days ago||You missed the right game . . .||
but unfortunately, I was at a wedding the following weekend and missed the beatdown of Notre Dame. Even worse, it was an outdoor ceremony/reception (no way to sneak off to find a TV somewhere), and we were in the middle of nowhere with crappy cell phone reception, so I could barely keep up with the score.