August 2, 2009 |
Greeneville, Tenn., of the Appalachian League is a far cry from being strapped to a stretcher and carried off a high school field in La Verne, as fans and friends in a hushed stadium murmur silent prayers that you aren't paralyzed. That's the trip that 18-year-old Jiovanni Mier has made. His is a story of the ultimate happy ending, after the ultimate close call. Mier is now the starting shortstop for Greeneville, the Houston Astros' rookie-level team.
April 9, 2009 |
Sam Paneno doesn't do self-pity. "Why me?" never crossed his lips. Or his mind. "I was always taught to look at life from different perspectives," the former UC Davis running back says, "and that you have a choice on how you react to things." Ten years ago, the national spotlight found Paneno in the darkest of times, revealing an athlete of uncommon character, unflagging spirit and remarkable perspective. He had just lost a leg.
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October 2, 2007 |
My brother and his wife got some good news a couple weeks ago -- their son Jared was injured playing football. No, they weren't overjoyed when the ambulance pulled up and he was hauled off on a stretcher, but the story had a happy ending. His high school football career is over. High-fives all around! I was equally buoyed at the news, and it's not because I have a sadistic streak. To my way of thinking, it's just the opposite.
August 29, 2007 |
It was last winter when NCAA football officials gathered to discuss making games faster-paced and more exciting. As one official put it, they wanted to "chip off the dead time." Someone suggested doing away with kickoffs, having teams start each possession from the 20-yard line. Instead, the NCAA rules committee took the opposite approach. With the season beginning this week, college football will be under scrutiny for a rule change that pushes kickoffs back five yards to the 30-yard line.
November 9, 2001 |
By this point in the football season, Bobby DeMars has dislocated his fingers and thumbs more times than he can recall. The USC defensive lineman winces a little whenever he is introduced to someone. "They think I'm some big tough guy so they try to shake my hand really hard," he said. "It hurts." And by this point in the season, fullback Charlie Landrigan isn't all that eager to look in the mirror after a game. "You get all these cuts ... you're bleeding all over," he said. "You look like hell."
November 3, 2001
Last week you ran the stories by Bill Dwyre and Bill Plaschke on football causing head and neck injuries. Both were riveting expressions of football's most feared dangers. Granted, some schools have better medical care and facilities than others, but even the best will fall short where the most serious head and neck injuries are fatal or crippling. Then how do we reduce the occurrence of these frightful injuries? It is my opinion that the most obvious cause of head and neck injuries is the plastic helmet and facemask.