Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This is a comical article that presents the detrimental effects of playing Madden's video game endlessly. It can lead to lackadaisical tendencies and inability to perform daily activities. Enjoy the article.

Neurologists Paint Grim Picture Of 'Madden' Football's Long-Term Effect On Players' Brains

April 4, 2011 | ISSUE 47•14
'Madden' players are finding their livelihoods endangered by the devastating neurological effects of the game.

SAN JOSE, CA—In an alarming report that sheds new light on the dangers of the game, the Institute for Brain Injury Research published Wednesday the results of a five-year investigation into the long-term neurological consequences of playing Madden football.

"The situation is far more serious than we had previously thought," said Vincent Wu, head of neuropathology at the IBIR. "Playing Madden football increases one's risk for a wide range of cognitive impairments, from difficulty focusing, to a decreased awareness of one's surroundings, to a generalized inability to engage with society at large."

"Playing so many simulated seasons takes a devastating toll," Wu added. "The human brain was never meant to withstand the brutal impacts of this game."

Examining MRIs and PET scans of Madden football veterans, scientists discovered severely damaged neural pathways in parts of the brain associated with motivation and attention, malformations that might explain the common inability among players to perform such basic tasks as maintaining hygiene and preparing meals for themselves.

"Among current top-level Madden players, the vast majority suffered from profound personality and mood disorders," said Annette Crowley, an IBIR research fellow. "Our participants displayed irritability when presented with even the simplest commands—for example, to stand up from the couch or to interact with their own children for a while."

While cognitive deficiencies occurred among people who only played Madden football as youths and adolescents, the study showed an even grimmer outlook for those who continued playing the game into adulthood.

"Following a decade or more of intense play, these neurologically impaired individuals face incredible difficulty rejoining society," said Wu, who noted that a player's total game time was correlated with high levels of depression and an elevated body mass index. "They realize too late that they have done irreversible harm to their brains and bodies, and that they have no real skills to offer the world."

"It's all too common that they are forced to remain living with their parents for basic care," Wu added.
According to the IBIR, nine former Madden football players have agreed to donate their brains to scientific research after their deaths. Among them is 34-year-old Matt Curtis, who played every season from Madden 94 to Madden 09.

"This game took everything from me," Curtis said. "My fiancée left me, and I can't hold down a steady job. In college, I should have focused on my education instead of spending every waking minute playing the game. No one should end up like this."

In response to the study, EA Sports announced it would issue new safety guidelines for Madden 12 and urged individuals to refrain from play, even in Training Camp mode, if they experience poor balance upon standing for the first time in several hours or increased sensitivity to natural light after emerging from a darkened bedroom or basement.

However, many contend these recommendations fail to address what they call a pervasive culture within Madden football that ostracizes those who sit out games, particularly during online league play.
"Today's brand of Madden football is far different from the game of 20 years ago," said 34-year-old Dan Doyle, a former player turned safety advocate. "The style of play is much faster and far more aggressive. After 16 weeks of punishing games, you can see it in the dazed, glassy looks in the players' eyes. It's like they're not even there."

"These men—boys, really—have no idea what they're doing to themselves," he added.
Despite initiatives to educate Madden football players about such dangers, surveys show a majority of players object to measures that would slow the game down or limit playing time for at-risk individuals.

"The reason Madden football has so many fans is precisely because of its nonstop hard-hitting action," said current player Jed Ashbee, 26. "If you strip away the things that make the game so exhilarating, then all you're left with is Wii Family Fun Football, and nobody wants that."

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Zack Pumerantz

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Friday, April 8, 2011

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Low blows, head shots, and kicking members of the press. Check out some of the dirtiest sports plays of all time.


Posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 by Jake Silver

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As a syndicated writer and featured columnist, my articles get sent to many sites and yesterday I hit it big. Got an email from telling me that my article, 25 athletes we'd like to sucker punch, had made the front page of their site yesterday. While it is no longer there, they sent me a screenshot of the page with my story on it. Over 30,000 reads on it, I wanted to share it with you. The story is on the bottom, with a delightful picture of Eli Manning looking bewildered. Enjoy.  ZP

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cam Newton is an exciting and intriguing draft prospect. He has the potential to be the next Michael Vick just as much as he has the potential to be the next Vince Young or Jamarcus Russell. His future, as well as the future of the team that drafts him, depends wildly on the situation he gets drafted into.

With a veteran mentor and some bench time, Cam has the potential to go far in the NFL.

For the full piece, see the link to

Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by Jake Silver

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We all know Hockey is a difficult sport to play, but how this guy had the coordination and awareness to pull this one off is just beyond me. Crazy stuff.

Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Friday, April 1, 2011

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