Lots of interesting stuff on the show last night – as always, appreciated the large turnout in the chat as well as all the downloads and live listeners.
First we chatted about the information surfacing that Chris Henry (the Bengals wide receiver who died last year after being flung from the bed of a pickup) had incurred chronic traumatic encephalopathy which may have contributed to his poor decision making.
I go into my opinions thoroughly in the show but a few brief thoughts here. First, we need to cut back on the gasps and ‘oooohhhh’ responses I am seeing. One study of one guy who died being flung out of a truck – likely incurring more head injuries – is not the answer.
How much can we really glean that much from studying a person who died in part due to massive trauma like Chris henry did? Shouldn’t we be studying living individuals over a period of time – from a very young age to retired players – before we draw definitive analysis?
I mean, we know repeated trauma does damage. But how, when and what the threshold for permanant damage is way too unknown to start inferring that Henry’s bad decisions were because of them.
I’m always hesistant to spin that kind of explanation anyway. People – concussed or not – do really dumb crap. All the time. As a race, humans like explanations that are simple. We want to believe that a guy like Henry – by all accounts a very nice guy – wouldn’t do the foolish and dangerous things he did on purpose. That there is some reason for it.
Maybe there is. But there’s always the chance that a guy just does dumb things until he pays for them.
I will say this – it’s ridiculous that it takes an alleged rape (Roethlisberger) and a death (Henry) to get the NFL and the NFLPA to take this seriously. I know a lot of ex-players. I have a young son who wants to play organized football.
I’d like to know that both the above parties are safe and protected. This has to be dealt with and should NOT be lumped into CBA talks. It’s above it and shouldn’t be a chess piece.
I also talk a bit about the affect of better protection and highlight reel hits on the general health of players.
Next up, I talk a bit about fantasy analysis and the difference between forging a new path and ice skating up hill – in other words ranking or being high or down on a player ‘just to go against the group’. I touch on group-think and we talk a bit about how just following the herd sometimes gets you nowhere in fantasy football.
Finally we start a new segment where tackle a topic suggested by the listeners. You can throw me an idea via thunderingblurb at gmail.com or hit me up on Twitter.
Monday afternoons I will put out the call for topics. Follow me and you can toss in your suggestions.
Last night’s topic was delivered by Joe Everrette of The Fantasy Exchange - one of the fellows I did Smashmouth Wednesdays with for the past year before the change.
Joe suggested I talk about how the injury to Willie Colon will affect the already shaky Steelers offensive line as well as the fantasy (and non-fantasy) prospects of the offense as a whole.
So I spend some time on that and following the chatroom lead (as I am wont to do) also touch on the San Francisco 49ers Oline status as well.
Good show – as always, thanks for listening and reading.