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Perusing the NFL injury you will find nearly 30 players are already out for the season due to ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries, and with several more games left in the 2020 season there is a strong likelihood of more ACL tears to occur. This number doesn’t include those players out due to various other knee injuries (torn patella tendon, MCL, etc.); just those suffering severe enough damage to the ACL to require season-ending surgery. Some of these injuries, Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow, e.g., were a result of another player rolling into, hitting, or tackling the player to cause the…


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Looking for a college roster spot just got harder. (Photo by Weston Eichner on Unsplash)

The NCAA’s decision to extend another year of eligibility to fall athletes due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation may have resulted in a collective sigh of relief to those athletic participants, but for the student-athletes set to graduate from high school it creates another hurdle to clear in the their efforts to be recruited. The one-year allowance also could have a domino effect on collegiate programs down the road.

The one-year jump in Division 1 FBS scholarships from 85 to 110 had many originally believing it would have little effect on the Class of ’21 recruits but tha’s not so…


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Two games this weekend, one within the college ranks and the other in the NFL, provide a glaring example of the importance of players knowing the game of football.

On Saturday, the Penn State Nittany Lions traveled to Bloomington, Indiana to face the an upstart Hoosiers squad. Missed opportunities aside, coach James Franklin’s team managed to take the lead and seemed to be close to settling in for a win. With 1:46 remaining the Nittany Lions were leading, 21–20. The football was on the Hoosiers 14-yard line. Indiana was down to its final time out. …


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Becoming an avid lover of baseball while growing up in western Pennsylvania I naturally followed the Pittsburgh Pirates. An 11-year-old at the time the Pirates came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to defeat the Baltimore Orioles to become the 1971 World Series champions I witnessed two quality pitching performances by Steve Blass, including the deciding seventh game. A year later, Blass would win 19 games and it appeared his career was to be on rise for years to come.

Then came 1973. A season after he nearly reached the 20-win distinction Blass, without injury nor apparent any other reason, lost…


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As news of the COVID-19 virus intensifed athletic directors and facilitities managers equally intensified the efforts to disinfect associated locker rooms and indoor facilities. Basketball, wrestling and other winter activities were winding down and post-season tournaments were about to begin and those in charge wanted to provide assurance of the safety steps enacted. Then came the postponements and eventual cancellations of such events.

Across the country spring sport athletics have been postponed or canceled. While the absence of spring sports may assist in the effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, it doesn’t mean a time of respite for athletic departments which have outdoor artificial turf facilities. Now is the time to redress the cleaning and disinfection process in place for the artificial turf facilities.

Prior to the postponement/shut down of spring activities it’s likely athletes from lacrosse, baseball, fastpitch and track may have had contact with these outdoor surfaces. As many public school districts traditionally allow residents to utilize facilities (a…


“I sure do! Every Goddamned day.” — General Patton’s response to a question about reading the bible

From George C. Scott’s portrayal of the fiery and foul-mouthed World War II American General George S. Patton, Jr., to the Watergate era tape recordings of President Richard Nixon, to the more recent firing (and subsequent rehiring) of a Florida high school baseball coach who’s exuberant post-championship team speech last spring was laden with F-bombs, the debate over what language is and isn’t permissable by persons in leadership positions continues.

Despite such examples as Patton and Nixon, there still remains a common belief…


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It’s been over a decade since Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers: The Story of Success, mic-dropped the 10,000 Hour Rule into countless conversations about self-improvement and future greatness. Throughout these years there has been a lot of misconception, counter-theory and downright physco-bashing of Gladwell’s declaration.

What exactly is the 10,000 Hour Rule? The definition itself seems to vary as much as the opinions on the subject. Many take the rule literally as meaning to become great at something a person must have first practiced the activity for 10,000 hours. …


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So happy to announce I will be a preferred walk-on at…” is the beginning of a sentence rampant among high school football players throughout the Twitterverse, as well as other social media outlets, at this time of the year. The sense of pride is understandable. In the past such notable players as J.J. Watt, Baker Mayfield, Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson clawed their way to NCAA Power-5 stardom and beyond. However, for every one of these success stories come countless stories of players who may have cost themselves a fine collegiate career elsewhere.

What exactly is a preferred walk-on? The…


Simply put, the New York Jets had no answer for stopping Lamar Jackson from breaking Michael Vick’s NFL single season rushing record for quarterbacks. The read and react Jets scheme was a flashback to the days of Ray Nitschke and Artie Donovan, prompting me to think the New York defensive coaches instructed an intern to pick up a coaching book at the library which had been out of print for five decades.

Reviewing all the misreads and miscues of the ’61 Titans…uh…the 2019 Jets against Baltimore is too much of an undertaking (an apt word which can be directly associated…


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Let the grumblings commence throughout the college football world! Even the ribbety-toned LSU coach kind of acknowledged after his team thoroughly outplayed Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide squad, more so than the 46–41 final score reflects. “We got to see where this leads us,” said Ed Orgeron during his post-game reflections.

Orgeron may have been talking more about his team as his “one game at a time” coachspeak comment quickly followed, but he has to realize the win may not have been convincing enough to dissuade the College Football Playoff committee from keeping the Crimson Tide in the post-season mix. …

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