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Comment 25 May 2016

This issue can and is being blown out of proportion. Sports are activities that can lead to lasting health issues, including suicide. So long as people engage in the activity knowing the risks, let them play. 

If people are aware of the health issues, let football, rugby, action sports, etc. be as they are. I understand the NFL probably hid some facts, which is shitty and I agree with finding ways to make the sports safer, but not by "legislating" ridiculous rules that change the sport. I would rather see innovations in safer helmets or different tackling techniques. Don't tell me that it is unsafe for a quarterback to be hit in the head by defensive end's hand, so it is now a penalty. 

Comment 24 May 2016

Not really surprising. I hate to hear of anyone committing suicide, but CTE can occur in anyone who has been subject to head trauma. I am sure I suffer from CTE, having several concussions, one severe, in the past. I still feel the whole concussions and CTE situation is blown way out of proportion.  

Comment 02 Feb 2016

From about about two weeks before the Olympics through March Madness and until about two months after the World Cup in 2014. Didn't want to overload the servers with employees streaming video. At least that is what we were told. 

Comment 02 Feb 2016

There was about a 9 month stint in 2014 when the firm I work for blocked all sports related websites. This included 11W...

Comment 01 Feb 2016

This could not have come at a better time. Mrs. Smith is going back to school and we need a new laptop for her schoolin. 

Comment 22 Jan 2016

Ramzy, I come from a long line of Beams (yes, those Beams). In fact, these are my Uncles: Neat shaming frustrates them as well, there really is no need for it. 

Comment 11 Jan 2016

Actually I am. My father and uncles were born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Slippery Rock. I grew up a Steelers fan. I have lived the majority of my life in Ohio and am an alumnus of The Ohio State University. I am very proud of my Pittsburgh fandom and the state that I call home, Ohio. 

Comment 11 Jan 2016

My father played at Penn State as a preferred walk-on under Joe Pa in the 1970's. Everything will be fine.  

Comment 06 Jan 2016

I am at work and now I just want to go home and watch this all afternoon. Also, only watching a few minutes and we are going to miss Bosa a lot, his play at just after the 2 minute mark is impressive and something you miss without this angle.  

Comment 05 Jan 2016

Against a better MSU defense in 2014 (Pat Narduzzi as coordinator and better players) the weak armed JT Barrett threw for 300 yards and are well scouted read option ran for 268 yards. This years game was simply a horribly called game that is not indicative of the offensive philosophy at OSU.   

Comment 05 Jan 2016

I agree with what several have said, that the route Chris Borland took will occur more frequently. I am also wondering if you don't see some of the opposite, a player who comes out and clearly expresses that they understand the risks but still want to play. I guess it could now be assumed that by simply playing the game a player is expressing this sentiment, however I have not heard a player say those words. 

Comment 23 Dec 2015

On Christmas eve the centerpiece will be a smoked ham from a little shack in Pennsylvania called Willie's Smoke House. I highly recommend checking it out, they have all kinds of great smoked meats and cheeses. It is in Harrisville, PA, near where my dad was raised in Slippery Rock. Every year growing up my grandparents would send us a ham from this smoke house and it is a must stop whenever we visit my grandmother. My dad passed away when I was young so the ham, for whatever reason, has some extremely sentimental significance.  

My wife and I bought our first house this year so I restarted the tradition and purchased our very own willie's smoked ham. We will be having it with various sides like broccoli casserole and/or green bean casserole, a starch (haven't decided yet) with home made bourbon pecan pie for dessert. 

We will also have eggnog with excessive amounts of bourbon (I picked up a bottle of Willett Pot Still while visiting my mother and mother-in-law in Kentucky this past weekend) and an assortment of Christmas/holiday beers. 

Should make for a great Christmas.

Comment 17 Dec 2015

Reading the whole article, the last quote from his dad makes it seem as though maybe he is not entirely on board with the decision but his sons mind is made up. I think it is also telling that his dad brought up lack of minutes when there was a built in excuse that his son recently had a kid (perhaps making his son suffer some consequences for being a bit of a prima donna). 

Comment 14 Dec 2015

Road trip is a decent option, drive straight through sleeping while the other drives. Looking at about $400 in gas (4,000 miles / 300 miles per tank / $2 per gallon / 15 gallon tank). Add a night or two in a "cheap" hotel ($200 for two nights) plus expenses (~$150), I would say it will cost about $450.  

You could also rent a van and save money by sleeping in it. Or try greyhound, $169 per person for a 45 hour busride with WIFI. 

In short, no matter what it takes, just go.