MURPHY’S LAW: No Handshakes, Parents Choice, Davis Apology

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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association recommends no more post-game handshakes. The reason: fights.

What a terrible message to send the kids. A better idea would be coaches doing a better job of making sure kids (and parents) understand why there is a post-game handshake, symbolizing sportsmanship and respect. Then if the kids fight anyway, take away their playing privileges, not the handshake. …

A school district in New Jersey now requires kids to wear helmets in non-contact sports. This seems like an overreaction.

PBS Frontline: League of Denial gives a chilling account of the price many pay for playing tackle football. The NFL is compared to Big Tobacco, and we see why. The NFL appears to have ignored medical science and documented dangers, kept its players and spouses largely in the dark, and worst of all, repeatedly lied when it knew better. It’s a billion dollar industry, and the NFL wanted to keep the money train on the tracks. It succeeded.

We now see clearly why the NFL suddenly cared about safety. Money. Pure and simple. The players lawsuit–since settled–is why commissioner Roger Goodell came down so hard on the Saints. It’s why kickoffs are returned less frequently. It’s why targeting rules are in place. It’s why guys on TV are no longer yelling, “HE GOT JACKED UP!”.  It’s why NFL Films no longer puts out videos of Big Hits.

What hasn’t changed is how much we love football. I can’t wait to watch it. However, I have changed my attitude toward my kids playing. My friend Nate Kaeding says no earlier than 7th grade. The doctor who studies all the brains of dead-too-soon football players says 14 and up. Drew Brees agrees.

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Shouldn’t this be a football picture? Yep. Didn’t have one at work.

I started playing tackle football at age 10 and played nine years. I’m mostly okay. (Insert joke here.) My son Colin begged us to play at age 6. We let him. His teammates were all 7 and 8. 6 was too early. He’s played flag ever since. Knowing what we know now, we probably wouldn’t let him play that early, or anywhere near it. It’s a decision many parents will have to make, and there’s no right or wrong answer.  I can’t imagine how crushed I would have been had my parents stopped me.

There’s still so much we don’t know about the brain. Some ex-players get dementia or Parkinsons or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or depressed. Most just limp. …

Next man in for the Cubs. It won’t be Joe Girardi. …

Major League Baseball has largely become a regional sport, but the league championship series’ should pull some people in. Cardinals vs Dodgers and Tigers vs Red Sox. That’s a pretty good final four. …

Excitement for basketball abounds in Hawkeye and Cyclone country. Too soon. College basketball draws us in December, and then gets our full attention come January. Well, depending how your favorite football team is doing. February at the latest. …

Many people make the point that if you change the name Redskins, you also have to change Chiefs, Braves, and Indians. I don’t see it that way. Redskin is a slur. The others are not. Redskins fans who say the name now certainly don’t intend it as a slur, but that it is. …

A student announcer in Ohio was disciplined for his call during a 7th grade football game. As a running back made a long gain, the announcer said, “He’s got breaking away from cops speed.”.  The announcer was repeating something Gus Johnson once said on air. Didn’t work out well for Gus either. …

Jerry Kill took a leave of absence at Minnesota to find a better health plan for his epilepsy. This comes as a relief to many. …

Not buying Kirk Ferentz is done with punt returns. If true, why tip your opponents? Ferentz is too smart for that. …

Cyclone fans know their own football history. No other coach could lose his first three home games of the season, and see his approval rating go up. That’s happened for Paul Rhoads. …

Texas receiver Mike Davis looked like a hostage while reading that apology.

Davis did everything but blink “I’m not really sorry” in Morse code. …

The Iowa Wild will have a big crowd Saturday night. They need to put on a show, make it fun for fans, and get them back again. And again. …

No sign makes me think of my childhood like this one. We had a station near our home in Vermont. …

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Not only does Guinness have the best beer, it has the best commercial.

Speaking of good commercials. Whoever hired anchorman Ron Burgundy thought outside the box. Somehow it works. And it’s an ad for two things.

The Iowa Nice Guy got angry this week. And it looks good on him.

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