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Amnesia Bowl: FSU and Winston Catch a Pass, Send Troubling Message on Campus Sexual Violence

Monday, December 30th, 2013

By Megan Wood  Bowl season is underway and, with it, a surfeit of TV football coverage leading up to the BCS Championship game on Jan. 6 between #1 ranked Florida State and #2 Auburn.  In it’s giddiness over the nation’s #1 ranking, Florida State – and the Football Industrial Complex – have ...

Mom on son’s concussion: “It really affected him mentally”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

By Katie Culver The risk of getting hurt is part of playing sports. We parents of athletic children understand that. But rising awareness of concussions presents a new avenue of worry. How can we spot a concussion and what can we expect if our child suffers one? I spoke recently with ...

Start of football, soccer = Concussion Season

Friday, August 9th, 2013

By Katie Culver For many, the start of football and soccer season evokes the excitement of uniforms, new teammates, practices, and games. But doctors and parents endure another sort of anticipation: The arrival of Concussion Season. Concussions happen in athletics year round, but with the greatest frequency in football, followed by girl’s ...

Do we have the stomach for football?

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

By Laura Pappano News that NFL veteran Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, suffered from degenerative brain disease was hardly a revelation. We paused, saddened, on Thursday when the National Institutes of Health announced that Seau’s brain revealed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy – the result of absorbing frequent blows to ...

Detroit right tackle Monique Howard: Girls can do what boys can do

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2698" align="alignleft" width="768" caption="Monique Howard, right tackle for Pershing High"][/caption]   By Laura Pappano Thanksgiving football, of course, involves Detroit. And while the NFL will get plenty of attention today, there has been another Detroit football story out there this season.  Word that Monique Howard, 6-foot senior basketball player and track talent, ...

Super Bowl edition: Why is football so special?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

By Laura Pappano More people will watch Super Bowl XLV this Sunday than tuned in for the President’s State of the Union address last week. It’s not even close (42.8 million watched President Barack Obama vs. an expected 110 million). That’s no dis to Obama because George W. Bush was out-viewed, too. The ...

The problem with HS football (it’s not just concussions)

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

By Laura Pappano I had to wince at a Birmingham News pre-season high school football analysis: Quick! Go pay $6 to see Hueytown high school quarterback Jameis Winston because “come 2012 at a major BCS school [it]will be around $50 and that’s not even counting the donation for priority seating…” It’s there. ...

Jets pulled offsides: Why no penalty flag?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

By Laura Pappano This is a good Monday for the NY Jets: A smashing victory against rival NE Patriots – and the team won’t face punishment from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for “unprofessional conduct” by coaches and players in the Ines Sainz case. Or obvious punishment, that is. Jets owner Woody Johnson ...

What I learned as a girl in rec football: How to counter the cheap shot

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

By Lindsay Rico Why did I decide to play tackle football in the 6th grade? Ever see the movie “Little Giants”? It’s about a ragtag football team with a coach who is just as much of a reject as his players. The one girl (they call her “Icebox”) is one of ...

Title IX in the Football Realignment Universe: sole sanity in a money-mad college sports culture

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

By Laura Pappano The frenzy of conference switching (Colorado, Utah, Nebraska plus others at least thinking about it), has caused a stir for one reason: Colleges fret that if the future really is about a few megaconferences that some schools will be big winners (measured in TV dollars and bowl berths) ...