frank beamer #1
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|5 days 8 hours ago||the problem with that theory...||
is that the latest research is indicating that the damage done is not necessarily the result of a concussion, or recurring concussions (though those are still obviously of concern overall), but rather the repetitive, low level impact to the head sustained throughout practice and games. Making things worse is the indication that the level of damage/injury correlates to how early they start playing. Earlier start=more brain damage.
This actually has repercussions outside football as well, as any soccer player doing consistent head-ball drills on a regular basis may suffer similar degradation.
My son is 10 and plays lacrosse and loves it and while it also has some hitting/impact, it is far less regular and way less head-to-head oriented (checks and hitting are typically accomplished through stick-to-stick, or shoulder/body-to-shoulder/body), so the likelihood of injury is ostensibly a lot lower. The helmet design there is to protect against an inadvertent head-to-head collision and of course against the ball and stick from smashing you in the face, but in no way does it make going in for a hit with your head a good idea the way a football helmet allows that.
He wants to play football as well. I played growing up and am fine, but I'm holding off starting him as long as possible and fortunately I live in San Francisco and there aren't many/any leagues for kids his age to play tackle and he wants no part of flag football.
I played football from 3rd grade flag football to pop warner and into high school as a linebacker and fullback (not what you would call a finesse player, so I doled out and received a decent amount of punishment) and loved it with no ill-effect to my brain.....that I know of anyway, though my destroyed knee just got another round of surgery last year and I'm 47. It pains me to hold him out of tackle football, but as a parent, it ihard not to.
I look at the science and the new information that it provides and it feels remiss to allow him to play the game as it currently exists, especially to start him early on.
As it stands, it is a tough call and a roll of the dice to let your kids participate in football and unfortunately there is unlikley to be any kind of definitive science in the near future to change that, or even provide some idea of what your risk is if you throw the dice.
|5 days 10 hours ago||lacrosse||
is almost as expensive as football, football equipment is generally more than the corresponding piece of equipment in lacrosse, but add in $75-$150 for a stick and they even out a bit.
|6 days 9 hours ago||celebrations will consist of......||
-re-enactment of the hanging-in-effigy that occured before he ever came to campus and speculate on whether or not it was possible to leave the cupboard more bare than it was......aligning yourself with a bunch of butt-hurt West Virginians is always a good move
-a parade of elderly folks in silly harumphing about "new this and new that, don't like it....corch bad!" and "i remember when a candy bar was only a nickel!" and "but where is my cloud of dust!?"
-sing along campfire where a group of ex employees of the AD and UM football players lead all of us all in a rousing rendition of "let's hamstring our guy!"
-confetti machines will blow out ground up copies of the Free Press and (some) people can bask in the memory of their participation and support of yellow journalism at its best!
-families can foment negativity and alienate recruits, those more fervent can actually practice their "but what about me and mine?" booing from the stands in M stadium
-oh....and when it finally looks like, despite the turmoil, he has built a team and a system that even Brady Hoke can ride to 10 wins, let's fire him and hand the reigns to someone who used to be our defensive line coach and has what can only be described as a lackluster track record as a head coach to lead them team, cuz "family!" and "smashmouth!"
Say what you want about RR, but this program dodged a major bullet when it landed Harbaugh and that was in no way a guarantee at the time, far from it.
Hoke was a desperation hire b/c, quite frankly, no one wanted the job and the search became embarassingly long.
After Hoke ran the program (further) into the dirt, ask yourself what we would have done if we whiffed on Harbaugh? The coaching horizon for Michigan would have been extremely bleak and there is every chance that the program slides into a much longer and deeper decline.
Thank Dog we got him.
|1 week 2 days ago||my||
|1 week 3 days ago||little known tradition...||
but if you haven't been to a home in game in over 5 years, when you first enter the stadium gates you are supposed to drop your pants (underpants too) and run around screaming and hugging strangers.
The security staff will start a game called Tackle U and you must try to avoid them at all costs. They will make it look like they are arresting you, but really they are just welcoming you back and will personally escort you to your seat.
If you get new/inexperienced security staff, they can sometimes be unaware of the tradition, so just explain what you are doing and they should be good with that.
|1 week 4 days ago||grand haven||
close and great beaches
|1 week 6 days ago||I remember when a candy bar was a nickel!||
This whole place is going to hell in a handbasket!
|1 week 6 days ago||I loved season 1, for sure...||
[some spolier coming if you are catching up on it]
It was a truly ground breaking performance/program and season 2 isn't as good, but it is not terrible. Season 1 is just a tough act to follow.
I like everyone in season 2, with the exception of Kitsch as he is just re-hashing his role in Friday Night Lights as the disassociated, tortured hot guy with a dark past that broods and makes bad life decisions. Uhm....hide $20k in a bag in your washed up "Mom's" trailer then throw a tantrum when she finds/blows it?
I am okay with Vaughan's acting, but the writing for his character/story line is a mess, I mean....the ex-gangster trying to go legit and getting pulled back into his past life when some clandestine rival starts knocking people off and coming for him....that I can deal with, but all that WHILE he struggles with failed IVF and a weepy girlfriend who wants to fight with him about his "anti-adoption" attitude....a bit much there.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||and||
neither have "fans" that boo
why would he?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||neither||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||some get it....||
some don't. some don't differentiate between themselves and their coach and no matter what take offense.
So.....asshole booing fans.....here you have evidence from one of our highest rated recruits ever and a seriously gung-ho player separating himself from the fans and having a somewhat "us and them" outlook on things.
Does that make you want to stop acting like spoiled 4 year olds?
Maybe if we have a middling year this year and Peppers decide he isn't invested enough to stick around another year and declares for the draft you might think again?
It matters when you boo....to players, to recruits...to everyone. Stop, because it doesn't help anything.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||money does indeed matter||
Hackett is just smart enough to understand that these things all mean long term revenue is stable, rather than trying to pimp the "brand" to make an easy/quick buck and puff up results for the next quarter and polish his image.
Playing the long game is good for the program, playing the short game is good for the individual.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||close, but Charles Woodson would have to take that honor||
|6 weeks 4 hours ago||i'm not referencing the retiring||
of his position as DC, which was indeed given up 2 years prior........more something to the effect of quietly retiring him as any kind of ongoing representative of PSU along with any manner of access, privilege, status, notoriety or connection to the school or athletics that this affords, with the additional step of forcing him to cease having any further involvement with foundations, charities, events or...quite literally......anything to do with kids or places where they may be present.
Whatever was in his previous retirement agreement could have been easily amended in a somewhat confidential manner if both parties are willing. Properly motivated, Sanduskey could have been forced to relinquish any and all privileges with a minimum amount of fanfare and very likely zero publicity. Barring that, he could simply have been told to GTFO, don't ever show your face around here again and while you are at it resign from any and all organizations or activities that provide you access to children or we will go public. If not, we will go public. If anyone asks, you are simply focusing on spending more time with your wife and leave it at that.
I don't see any evidence at all that at any time Paterno or the PSU leadership ever attempted to curtail his ability to molest children and that not doing so was purely motivated by their mutual desire to avoid a scandal. As a direct result of that course of action, the abuse continued for another decade and for that they are all responsible, plain and simple.
|6 weeks 4 hours ago||well....||
As I stated, I don't see that as a commendable course of action.
My point is that it would at least put an end to the abuse, or attempt to do so, which is the first priority. This is something he failed to accomplish or facilitate in any way....reporting it and seeing there be absolutely no action taken by those he reported it to, then doing nothing to follow up is exactly the same as not reporting it at all, with the same result of more children being harmed and no children getting helped.
The only legally and morally defensible position would have been to immediately report the abuse to your superiors and in the absence of immediate action on their part to then report it to authorities without delay.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Exactly this...||
people here crow with glee when we turn a recruit previously commited to another school and there is nary a word about bag men or the meaning of the word commitment or any question about the character of said athlete.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||and living proof that shit floats||
....and in some instances extremely buoyant.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||seriously..||
..this guy sounds like one half money grubbing bootlick, one half douchebag. The unfortunate thing is that in his world, money does equal success and therefore if shit floats it is successful.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||or...||
even done any small thing that would have blocked his continued access to kids.....anything.
I'm still aghast at people that think Paterno isn't at all guilty.
Not that I see this as at all commendable, but Paterno could have protected his legacy AND stopped the abuse in 2001 by simply calling Sandusky into his office, looking him in the eye and telling him "You know what I'm talking about. I want you out of and away from any organization having anything to do with PSU or anything to do with access to children...period. We will issue a press release today to the effect that you are stepping back for health reasons and/or to spend more time with your family/wife (hell, even just plain retiring would have been easily accepted by any and all as legitimate). If you are seen or mentioned as being anywhere near either I will go public and you will spend your remaining years behind bars."
He didn't. He helped put a lid on it and allowed the abuse to continue unfettered, which by law is wrong. Plain and simple. More importantly, by any standard of ethics or morality you have an absolute responsibility to make sure the abuse stops then and there, without exception for process or legal implications. You may possibly avoid legal prosecution by having reported it to your superiors and passing the buck in terms of following protocol, but when they do nothing and the abuse continues, your inaction makes you knowingly complicit and there can be no excuse for not sounding the alarm and ceasing the abuse. To any sane adult, you risk your job, reputation, legacy, legal ramifications, indeed life and limb if necessary, to put children out of danger and to make sure kids already victimized get help. There is no other defensable course of action, plain and simple. For eff's sake, even just an anonymous call to the police to get the right parties involved would have started the ball rolling.....a pussy option to be sure, but at least it is something.
Joe Paterno did the absolute bare minumum he could possibly do in that situation, aside from doing absolutely nothing, so he is without a doubt culpable in any transgressions that occurred following his awareness of the situation. If not legally, then morally.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||egg||
zactly....now they don't like it when they feel a boot on their ass, because normally in the shitty corporate world in which they exist, this would be considered a big win
|7 weeks 3 days ago||and...||
has a combo top-perm/mullet, 15 friends on facebook AND a selfie FB that is seemingly taken while seated on a toilet.....oh...and avdocates bombing ghettos for target practice and seemingly has a proclivity for linking up with Filipino mail order bride types.
Sorry, couldn't help it......Ohio.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||easily see the potential||
of Dytarious as a player and without much doubt he is an excellent pickup, but I also can't help but think of the impact this will have on camps and attendance....a virtual unknown player is offered and accepts in less than a few days.....there must be thousands of undiscovered gems out there that could look at attending a camp and getting the Star Searcdh dream offer, no?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||and||
Ricky Bell's touchdown
|10 weeks 2 days ago||go||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||shekel||
for an ex - leper?
|11 weeks 1 day ago||or||
in the same amount of time you took to post a rant, you could have done the small amount of research required and posted something along the lines of "chiming in here with some more info and a link some will hopefully find helpful. ...hint to OP, perhaps include these in the future to make your post more informative?"
Technically, you are correct and the OP should have included more info, however. ...your tone is condescending and dropping with self-importance.
Tone is important.... contributory, helpful and positive is likely to be much better received AND you solve the issue of many people having to search for the info.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||indeed||
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Frankenmuth!||
almost forgot, kids will love it
|11 weeks 2 days ago||it is an incredible place||
tough travel to get there, but unrivaled in the state for natural beauty
|11 weeks 2 days ago||exactly this||
get a place on our near the beach and you can't go wrong. go all over the Leelanau peninsula, visit traverse city, Manitou island.
homestead has decent condos, bit cabins are much better experience.
only option that compares would be to head up the the upper peninsula near the pictured rocks/grand isle area. actually more beautiful and less expensive but it is a trek and getting up there.