Concussion: A Preview

December 8, 2015

  As the NFL season nears its end and Entertainment’s Awards Season around the corner, Columbia Pictures’ new film Concussion, set to be released this Christmas, is garnering a lot of attention. The film, based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu and his discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), focuses on Omalu’s persistence of dispersing this information despite the power of the NFL. The inciting incident in the…

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Head to Head: Safety v. Spectacle

October 15, 2015

A big topic of discussion in professional football recently has been whether or not the game is worth the risk of injury that players put themselves in. As more research surfaces about the danger of concussions in the NFL, should we protect players with more rules and fines at the cost of the spectacle of the game? If the essence of the game is the sheer physicality of the sport,…

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Mental Health Concerns More Than Just Concussions

October 14, 2015

Recently, the NFL has focused a lot of its attention on safety measures and injury prevention in light of new studies emerging about heightened rates of brain damage and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in NFL players. Although mental health encapsulates the physical state of the brain, the term has become entrenched in the realm of concussions, and all of the head trauma drama has neglected the mental illness aspect of players’…

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What cost football?

September 29, 2015

Gridiron football has once again been linked with tragedy. The death of a high school quarterback in New Jersey raises some now familiar questions about the safety of the U.S.’s favorite sport. We’ve been thinking about the challenges facing football as we read Jeanne-Marie Laskas’ “The People v. Football,” which first ran in GQ in 2011.

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Giants on the Rise

September 29, 2015

Whether it was the fact that the Giants finally got their act together or the Pope’s visit to NY, fans could let out a sigh of relief upon leaving MetLife Stadium Thursday night with the first win of the season under their belt.

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Redemption is Sweet for the Packers in NFC Rematch

September 22, 2015

The Green Bay Packers have certainly proven their dominance these first two weeks of regular season football even without the help of Jordy Nelson. Sunday night’s matchup between the Packers and their rivals from last season’s NFC Championship game, the Seattle Seahawks, was predicted to be the biggest game of the week.

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