Recent Posts by rumple

February 18

How Haudenosaunee women are overcoming stigma to earn a place in lacrosse: it gives girls a chance to be lifted up, and given a chance to do something that is unique because it originated in North America and it originated with their own people. And it becomes part of the weave of the fabric here.

posted by rumple to other at 10:20 PM - 2 comments

February 07

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see: In addition to the torn ACLs and MCLs, in addition to all of the horrible broken bones, the NFL diagnosed at least 281 traumatic brain injuries this season. And no document has ever quite displayed the horror of it all like “Concussion Protocol,” [an experimental, reverse motion] film by Josh Begley and Field of Vision. First link also includes audio discussion with Begley, Sean King, and Donte Stallworth, and a trailer for the film itself.

posted by rumple to football at 02:35 AM - 3 comments

February 04

The search for Jackie Wallace: I climbed the pier with my camera and made a few frames of the scene, then climbed down and woke him. He wasn’t startled in the least. I guess when you sleep under bridges, you learn to expect the unexpected. ... We talked for a minute or two, about my editor’s idea and journalism in general. After a brief pause, he said, “You ought to do a story about me.” I’ve heard this line many times before, and many more since. “And why would I want to do that?” I said. “Because,” he said, “I’ve played in three Super Bowls.”

posted by rumple to football at 05:48 PM - 2 comments

December 16

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?: “The case of Larry Nassar, certainly the largest [sports sexual abuse] scandal in scale, has generated a fraction of the mainstream media coverage that was devoted to the Sandusky and Baylor stories. Why that is is worthy of inspection.”

posted by rumple to culture at 03:19 PM - 7 comments

November 27

In the pantheon of American baseball, Satchel Paige has always occupied a special place.: "He was one of the game’s all-time greats and also one of its most shameless and storied self-promoters. A whole mythology surrounds him and his exploits; he talked almost as fast as he pitched. In photos his mischievous smile made him seem invincible. A few years ago I learned, by chance, that he had played for one of the most infamous Latin American dictators who ever lived. It struck me as the kind of story only Paige himself could concoct, a tale so gaudy as to seem camouflaged in the annals of sports. I decided to investigate what happened when these two outsize individuals collided."

posted by rumple to baseball at 04:30 PM - 2 comments

November 19

What to Read when It's Time for Sports:: "Here is a list of books that tackle the complexities of sports in America, from nonfiction to poetry to fiction. ... And just a “heads up” (as they say in the sports world): this isn’t your average sports list."

posted by rumple to culture at 03:55 PM - 2 comments

September 21

Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of CTE, autopsy shows: Researchers at Boston University, the leading center studying CTE, found pronounced signs the disease in Hernandezs brain. It was the most severe case they had ever seen, said attorney Jose Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in the double-murder case this year. It was an advanced stage.

posted by rumple to football at 07:26 PM - 3 comments

September 05

Red Sox found to be stealing signs from the Yankees: using an Apple Watch.

posted by rumple to baseball at 04:53 PM - 0 comments

I doped like Maria Sharapova: and it was actually pretty great.

posted by rumple to tennis at 03:54 PM - 1 comment

April 20

Former Bull Craig Hodges on Jordan, Kaepernick, and dissent:: "Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say". He was one of the NBA's finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight.

posted by rumple to culture at 10:27 AM - 7 comments

April 14

Aaron Hernandez found Not Guilty of double murder: Hernandez will continue to serve a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.

posted by rumple to football at 11:53 PM - 3 comments

December 02

Friday Night Lights Out: Russell Davis has been called a "dork," a "pussy," a "gay," and a "nanny state liberal" who's "almost as krazy as Hillary" .... the reason Davis has attracted attention and ire is simple: he wants to eliminate public high school football.

posted by rumple to football at 10:51 PM - 3 comments

October 31

Last Chance U: the college that gives young players a final route to the NFL: "The tiny town of Scooba sits in Kemper County in the vast state of Mississippi. Its quiet streets are home to under a thousand permanent residents and there is little excitement to be found. An isolated Subway sandwich shop is the social hub. East Mississippi Community College stands incongruously in Scoobas streets. The college houses some of the countrys finest student American football players who dream of making the NFL. They find themselves in sleepy Scooba for two reasons: their grades arent up to scratch or they need more playing time to prove themselves to larger colleges. For almost all of the players on the Lions playing roster, this is their last chance at football redemption." Their story is also a Netflix documentary.

posted by rumple to football at 02:22 PM - 0 comments

October 30

Wisconsin football fan dresses as Donald Trump, holds caricatured dummy of a lynched Barack Obama: The fan is not removed and the University defends his right to free speech.

posted by rumple to football at 01:48 PM - 1 comment

October 19

Video games are changing how professional soccer is played:: "Ibrahimovic said that he would often spot solutions in the games that I then parlayed into real life as a young player. Mats Hummels, the Bayern Munich and Germany defender, has suggested that maybe some people use what they learn in FIFA when they find themselves on a pitch.

posted by rumple to soccer at 12:32 PM - 2 comments

August 22

The Great Sports Myth: the widespread assumption that sport is, inherently, a force of gooddespite the fact that it can both empower and humiliate, build bonds and destroy them, blur boundaries and marginalize.

posted by rumple to culture at 06:07 PM - 2 comments

June 10

The false hope of Tommy John Surgery: "Nearly 30 percent of pitchers in Major League Baseball have undergone Tommy John surgery, the revolutionary elbow-ligament replacement surgery named after the pitcher who first underwent it in 1974...... Tommy John surgery, it turned out, was a paradox, the procedure that worked too well."

posted by rumple to baseball at 07:46 PM - 0 comments

April 23

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's career was propelled by wrestling: which also allowed him to abuse, and get away with abusing, boys for many years. "When calls for his removal from office reverberated through the capital a decade ago, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert struggled to explain why he had not aggressively investigated allegations that a Florida lawmaker had sent flirtatious messages to a teenage boy who had served as a House page. At that perilous moment, an impassioned group of supporters stepped forward to speak up on Mr. Hastert’s behalf: wrestling coaches."

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March 29

Emails from Bettman and other top NHL officials reveal knowledge of harm from fighting and links to drug abuse: "“This is not the same role as it was in the 80’s and 90’s,” Shanahan wrote. “Fighters used to aspire to become regular players. Train and practice to move from 4th line to 3rd. Now they train and practice becoming more fearsome fighters. They used to take alcohol and cocaine to cope. (Kordic) Now they take pills. Pills to sleep. Pills to wake up. Pills to ease the pain. Pills to amp up. Getting them online.”"

posted by rumple to hockey at 01:19 PM - 1 comment

March 24

NFL knowingly distorted their own concussion research: "These discoveries [from decoding the league's own database] raise new questions about the validity of the committee’s findings, published in 13 peer-reviewed articles and held up by the league as scientific evidence that brain injuries did not cause long-term harm to its players. It is also unclear why the omissions went unchallenged by league officials, by the epidemiologist whose job it was to ensure accurate data collection and by the editor of the medical journal that published the studies."

posted by rumple to football at 12:20 PM - 5 comments

February 19

Donald Trump's less than artful failure as a Pro Football Owner: "The [N.J.] Generals gave Trump something else: newspaper headlines. He was not yet a household name, though he was clearly on his way. Owning the Generals turbocharged his rise to fame. His views, his deals, his postgame comments they dominated the news medias coverage of the U.S.F.L. At first many of the owners were glad to have him play this role because it put a spotlight on the new league. But many U.S.F.L. observers soon came to believe that he did not necessarily have the best interests of the league at heart. He was a dynamic figure, but he was dynamic on behalf of the Donald Trump interests, not the whole league, said Keith Jackson, who broadcast U.S.F.L. games for ABC."

posted by rumple to football at 04:19 PM - 5 comments

February 13

Peyton Mannings squeaky-clean image was built on lies: as detailed in explosive court documents showing ugly smear campaign against his alleged sex assault victim. "As a general rule, it's not just gross to smash your testicles on a woman's face, it's a crime." Direct link to the court documents.

posted by rumple to football at 02:13 PM - 15 comments

February 04

Roger Goodell's unstoppable football machine: or, "Why haven't concussions hurt the NFL?" Like anyone who has spent time around the league, Nate Jackson, the former Bronco, has heard a great deal about the Shield. The thing is, isnt a shield supposed to protect you? Jackson asked me. They want players to put their bodies in front of the shield, to sacrifice for this shield.

posted by rumple to football at 02:56 PM - 1 comment

February 03

With NFL Rams gone, St. Louis still stuck with stadium debt: In St. Louis, the $280 million agreement to build the Edward Jones Dome for the Rams raised eyebrows since its opening in 1995. Unlike other stadium deals, the St. Louis contract included a clause requiring the 67,000-seat dome be maintained to a first-tier standard, meaning the facility must be considered among the top quarter of all NFL football facilities. ... "This was a contract designed to be broken" by the team, said Matheson, who studies stadium finances. "They had a terrible, terrible contract with the Rams."

posted by rumple to football at 12:10 PM - 2 comments

December 14

It's Who We Are?: Its really not surprising that, on December 10, 2015, the school board of McLoud, Oklahoma voted to maintain their racist mascot. All of the usual arguments were made, in support of keeping the R word: Its an honor, tearful pleas of Weve been the R** for generations, and, my favorite, Its who we are. The latter is by far the most accurate and telling. Put simply, the events during the McLoud meeting was not only a by-product of American history, but an indictment of it.

posted by rumple to culture at 04:10 PM - 4 comments