January 27, 2011

"I could use one of those special helmets that Aaron Rodgers has to protect his head."

"My post Tuesday questioning whether our star quarterback might have suffered another concussion Sunday (and wondering why nobody was talking about that possibility given what a big deal concussions have been in national news lately) took some pretty nasty hits from outraged readers."

31 comments:

traditionalguy said...

That's a great idea. Let's send a few million of those helmets over to the young couples in love in Afghanistan. If the helmets can stop a Julius Peppers helmet to helmet blow, then they can handle a stoning.

Maguro said...

Concussions are a huge health risk for football players. Early onset Alzheimer's and dementia are linked to football players who suffer multiple concussions. Guys like Mike Webster and Justin Strzelczyk probably died because of concussions suffered while playing football. It's a topic the NFL would rather not have the media discuss.

Calypso Facto said...

Only $10,000 for that Peppers hit? Bet it woulda been more for Brady.

wv: ragrag. Yeah, yeah, I know.

shoutingthomas said...

Football hardly even seems like football these days.

I remember when beating the hell out of the QB was considered a great defensive strategy.

See the Bears/Giants title game in which the Bears beat the living hell out of YA Tittle.

QBs are little sissies in the contemporary game. Should have to wear pink uniforms.

Original Mike said...

Manufactured story. There is zero evidence that Rodgers suffered a concussion.

TWM said...

"Manufactured story. There is zero evidence that Rodgers suffered a concussion."

Easy way to solve this . . . release the tests they did on his head to prove he did not.

Original Mike said...

@TWM: I am not aware that he was tested. And in the absence of any evidence of a concussion, why should he have been?

k*thy said...

I'm guilty of initially brushing this off. I saw the hit an immediately posted on FB that it was fine-able. I thought only for a second about a possible concussion - no doubt b/c of the implications. Funny how Buck and Aikman didn't seem to think much about it either.

I hope for Rodger's long term sake, he's not blowing smoke and I hope the NFL doesn't have a dual set of standards - one for the regular season and another for the playoffs.

TWM said...

"@TWM: I am not aware that he was tested. And in the absence of any evidence of a concussion, why should he have been?"

Oh, hell, I don't know, maybe because he had had two recent concussions and he got hit in the head hard again?

If that had happened to anyone else they would have probably had some tests done - especially if their job was one that might lead to still another head hit. But in this Superbowl-bound case no news is good news

traditionalguy said...

I heard that Rodgers was tested by the Steelers physician and those results came back as a Peppersjack cheese head and not a normal cheddar cheese head that he says is the minimum required to play.

William said...

There's a lengthy article in The New Yorker about the lasting damage football players endure. Not just artificial hips and hobbled knees but dementia as well. For most of them their career only lasts three years, and then they have a lifetime of pain and limitations....If porn actors suffered similar levels of disability, their movies would long ago have been banned.

garage mahal said...

I thought Rodgers didn't look right after the bootleg TD run on the first series. he sort of gingerly jogged back to the sideline, and I noticed, no belt celebration. Hated that call. they had Raji in their big beef package, let them blow it up and give it to the RB and run the ball down their throat.

Original Mike said...

"they had Raji in their big beef package, let them blow it up and give it to the RB and run the ball down their throat."

That's certainly what the Bears expected.

jimspice said...

With the Super Bowl expected to have an $8.9B impact on the economy, I think there is plenty of incentive to sweep this under the rug. I mean, who wants to watch a second string quarterback play the championship game?

edutcher said...

This is why we want you to wear your helmet when you're out on the ice and snow, Madame.

William said...

...If porn actors suffered similar levels of disability, their movies would long ago have been banned.

A lot of the damage has been done before they get into porn, but I would guess AIDS and all the other possible afflictions make up for it

garage mahal said...


That's certainly what the Bears expected.


The Bears had 2 players that were looking for it. He didn't walk in.

I hate cute plays at the goal line. especially asking your twice concussed franchise QB to scramble and make the goal line play, on the first series of the game. Hell, give it to Raji at the goal.

Ann Althouse said...

"This is why we want you to wear your helmet when you're out on the ice and snow, Madame."

I got the helmet after falling on the ice and hitting my head pretty hard.

Original Mike said...

"Hell, give it to Raji at the goal."

But that might hurt the Bears feelings.

bagoh20 said...

"I got the helmet after falling on the ice and hitting my head pretty hard."

Did that by any chance happen in Nov. '08?


The Green Bay QB isn't going to have anything to wear that helmet on when the Steelers get done with him. Just sayin.

garage mahal said...

Norman Chad on the championship games

This one seemingly came down to Aaron Rodgers vs. Jay Cutler. Couch Slouch was giddy - Rodgers feels like April in Paris, Cutler feels like nuclear winter.

If Cutler were a meter maid, he'd write parking tickets off his back foot


hah.

traditionalguy said...

Falls from ice underfoot and hitting the skull or is a common cause of death among old folks whose balance ain't that great to start with.

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

"This is why we want you to wear your helmet when you're out on the ice and snow, Madame."

I got the helmet after falling on the ice and hitting my head pretty hard.


And none too soon, it would seem. These WI people are having all kinds of problems.

PS Next time a cafe is up, I have the final word on the Martha-Magdalene thing. Your initial thoughts were good.

Trooper York said...

I got the helmet after falling on the ice and hitting my head pretty hard.

Oh that explains the posts the last few days. Feel better.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Cutler left shortly after that with a bad knee and Todd Collins came in, which is the NFL equivalent of closing your business for inventory. After Collins was more ineffective than a eunuch at the Playboy Mansion, the Bears called on Caleb Hanie. Yes, Caleb Hanie. I immediately Googled "Caleb Hanie" and it said, "Who?" I'm not even certain Hanie was on the Bears' roster when the game began.

lol. Thanks garage.

1jpb said...

"I got the helmet after falling on the ice and hitting my head pretty hard."

As Althouse has already stated in another thread, re sledding.

Pay attention Ed.


P.S. You'd think that the helmet shown in her profile picture would be enough to absorb any impact.

rcocean said...

"I got the helmet after falling on the ice and hitting my head pretty hard."

Well, OK but why wear that Martian helmet when no ice is around?

We want beautiful pictures, safety be damned.

Seven Machos said...

Here's the video evidence.

Original Mike said...

@Seven: Yeah, OK, when I said there was zero evidence, I may have been stretching it a bit.

garage mahal said...

lol. Thanks garage.

haha. NP.

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