April 13, 2013 |
I should be dead, twice. The fact that I'm not -- or even brain-damaged (I think) -- is due to the helmets I wore while being hit by a car and slamming head-first into a mountain trail. By design, their foam shells cracked instead of my skull, leaving me with scrapes, a concussion and the ability to ride another day. Cycling's speed and freedom make it inherently risky. Dangers lurk everywhere: distracted drivers; trees, rocks and potholes; 50 mph downhills. Bike fatalities are overwhelmingly due to head injuries.
March 20, 2013 |
NFL owners voted Wednesday to approve all proposed rules changes, including the controversial crown-of-the-helmet rule, which seeks to eliminate the use of a helmet as a weapon. That rule passed, 31-1. The rule, which applies mainly to running backs, imposes a 15-yard penalty if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top of his helmet when both players are clearly outside the tackle box. The tackle box is defined as an area extending from tackle to tackle and from three yards behind the line of scrimmage to the offensive team's end line.
March 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Despite complaints that they are fundamentally changing the game, NFL owners voted almost unanimously Wednesday to ban players from ducking their heads to initiate contact in the open field. The rules change, which capped the league's annual meeting, passed by a 31-1 margin, with the only vote against it coming from the Cincinnati Bengals. The rule imposes a 15-yard penalty if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the crown (top) of his helmet when both players are clearly outside the tackle box. The tackle box is defined as an area extending from offensive tackle to tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage back to the end zone behind the line of scrimmage.
March 19, 2013 |
PHOENIX - In the name of player safety, the NFL is weighing a ban on running backs initiating contact in the open field by lowering their heads and using the crown of their helmet to strike defenders. But the proposed rule is jarring to many, including some prominent former ballcarriers who are concerned the potential change fundamentally alters the game and could leave running backs even more vulnerable. "This is a joke," Hall of Fame back Marshall Faulk said Tuesday on NFL Network, for whom he's an analyst.
February 26, 2013 |
Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson occasionally experiences a short, unsettling dream. It comes just as he dozes off, and ends abruptly before he can reach a deep sleep. "A lot of pitchers have that kind of dream," Hanson said, "where the ball is coming at your face and you're jolted awake. " The nightmare became reality for two major league pitchers last season. In September, Brandon McCarthy of the Oakland Athletics suffered a skull fracture that required surgery after a line drive off the bat of Angels shortstop Erick Aybar struck him on the side of his head.
December 19, 2012 |
Tony Hawk is just like any other parent who loves playing with his kid in the backyard. Except that most other parents don't have a 5,000-square-foot skate park in their backyards. And most other parents aren't skateboarding legends. So maybe that's why there was an uproar over the photo Hawk posted on Instagram earlier this week of himself and 4-year-old daughter Kadence playing in the backyard/skate park. It's a great action shot, with the two of them performing a stunt and Hawk's caption: "Updated frontside fling photo courtesy of @msk8blake.
November 5, 2012 |
You don't know Bob Romanski, but if you've watched an NFL game in the last 33 years you've seen his work. That's because any player who has worn the silver and black of the Raiders during that time was outfitted - from shoelaces to shoulder pads, jockstrap to chin strap - by Romanski, the team's equipment manager since the final days of the Carter administration. And that's just the most visible part of his job "It's from A to Z what you do," Romanski says. "There's times where you're working on a helmet radio system for practice and then a couple of hours later you could be tailoring a pair of pants.
October 1, 2012 |
Who says Tom Brady isn't a great scrambler? The Patriots quarterback was scrambling all over the New England sideline Sunday in Buffalo, frantically searching for his missing helmet before his team's first possession of the third quarter. He couldn't just grab a teammate's helmet, because his is outfitted with a coach-to-quarterback earpiece. Brady finally found what he was looking for, and so did his team. The Patriots erased a 14-point second-half deficit by scoring touchdowns on six consecutive second-half drives on the way to a 52-28 blowout.
September 26, 2012 |
Safety Ryan Mundy was fined $21,000 for his helmet-to-head hit that left Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey unconscious for several minutes Sunday in Oakland. Heyward-Bey spent the night in a hospital with a concussion and a strained neck. Mundy's fine came one week after linebacker Lawrence Timmons was fined $21,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Mundy is expected to appeal. He was not suspended. :: Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi will miss the Thursday night game against Baltimore because of an injured left hamstring.
September 7, 2012 |
Legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died on Aug. 25, was perhaps the most famous alum in Purdue history. A building on campus, the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, was named in his honor several years ago. Now comes another tribute, this one thought up by receiver Tommie Thomas, who was inspired by the stories about Armstrong after his death and asked Coach Danny Hope if they could pay tribute to Armstrong this season. What they came up with was a helmet sticker of Armstrong, in a spacesuit, planting a Purdue flag.