Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lance Armstrong Relieved Investigation Is Over, But Doping Suspicions Will Never End

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong recently got the best news of his life (okay, second best; getting cured of cancer had to be tops) when Federal prosecutors decided to drop their doping case against him.

Had prosecutors continued the case, it undoubtedly would have cost Armstrong a decent amount of his personal fortune (more than what he has already paid to his lawyers) and possibly greatly damaged his status among cancer survivors.

Armstrong With Jan Ullrich Trailing, As Usual

Peyton Manning, His "Noodle Arm," and What This All Means

Peyton Manning's throwing arm a "noodle?" Well, for lack of a better term, duh.  The guy has been experiencing nerve damage since before his May operation to remove part of a damaged disc.  What's not known is whether or not Peyton's nerve damage was something that just occurred prior to his May surgery, or whether or not the neurosurgeons failed to fully correct the issue in May and that nerve was being constantly traumatized by further disc degeneration until the cervical fusion in September.



Peyton's recovery depends on this difference.  If it was damage that occurred prior to the May surgery and the nerve injury stopped them, then we are three months ahead in his nerve regeneration.  That could make a difference in whether or not Peyton plays in the 2012 NFL season.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Classy Move By New York Jets To Congratulate Giants On Super Bowl Win

Should this surprise me? It certainly seems like it's rather unexpected.  Today the New York Jets took out a full-page ad in the NY Daily News to congratulate the New York Giants on their Super Bowl win.

While I'm sure a lot has to do with the fact that the New York Giants defeated the Jets' arch-rival New England Patriots, it's still refreshing to see that level of sportsmanship from a team that has shown anything but that since Rex Ryan took over.

H/t to Darren Rovell

Monday, February 6, 2012

Knowshon Moreno Arrested For DUI, Career Over In Denver?

KDVR in Denver is reporting that Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was arrested on drunk driving chargers on February 1.  He was pulled over in a Bentley with the license plate "Sauced."  Apparently he was going 70 in a 45 mph construction zone on I-25 (the main highway going north-south in Denver).

Moreno has had a difficult three years in Denver, and this DUI charge won't help his case.  Drafted by Josh McDaniels in the first round, Moreno has been largely a disappointment in Denver.  By far his best year was his first when he rushed for 947 yards.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cutting Tiquan Underwood On Eve Of Super Bowl Was Not Heartless, It's Football

I guess I might be in the minority of bloggers here, but I think that the New England Patriots have every right to modify their roster on the eve of the Super Bowl.  This is about winning Super Bowls, not giving everyone participation points.


Cutting a role player like Tiquan Underwood is not a heartless thing.  They don't need another wide receiver (looks obvious that Ochocinco IS going to play now). Bill Belichick thought that the Patriots could use another defensive lineman, so he's putting in an undrafted rookie lineman who's been on the practice squad all year and who has only played in one other game. How about that as a feel-good story?

C'mon, people, it's just another attempt by the media to drive the story of the heartless Patriots. This is the Super Bowl. Winning it is all that matters.  Underwood still gets a ring if they win. He still gets a full share of money ($44,000 if they lose, $88,000 if they win).

By the way, I have the Giants winning 30-27.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

McCourt Continues To Sully Los Angeles Dodgers' Name

For fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers and MLB, the auction for the team can not be completed soon enough.  Having started last week and expected to be done sometime in April, the new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers will undoubtedly be far more respectable than Mr. Frank McCourt has been.

McCourt will undoubtedly go down in MLB history as one of the worst owners ever, and his refusal to accept any responsibility in the Bryan Stow case is a prime example.  It's a certainty that McCourt is simply trying to stall a settlement in this issue, at least until he can sell the team and maximize his takeaway profit from the auction.

While the auction itself is being conducted, we won't know the leader until it's over. I'm personally rooting for Joe Torre and his group.  Torre has the respect of the MLB community and is a good choice to remake this once-storied franchise.

In any case, once the auction is over, here's hoping they chase McCourt out of town.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Latest Yahoo: Can Ochocinco Make A Difference In The Super Bowl?

In this latest post, I discuss #85's season and how he could potentially make a difference in the biggest game of his life, the Super Bowl.

Could Ochocinco Make a Difference In The Super Bowl?

Jim Tressel Lands On His Feet With New Job At University of Akron

I was a little worried about Jim Tressel.  After all, he got fired from his job at Ohio State University. Then he had to take a huge pay cut and work as a replay consultant for some team in Indianapolis (talk about a fall from grace!).  


Now at least the man can feed his family.


Okay, I'm being sarcastic. I'm sure Tressel has at least a few million in the bank, and now he gets to add to it with his new job at the University of Akron.  In a job that was especially created for him, Vice-President for Strategic Engagement, Tressel will make $200,000 annually.  

Who Is Right About Peyton Manning's 2012 Recovery?

One of the biggest stories in the week leading up to this year's Super Bowl has been Peyton Manning, oddly enough someone who isn't playing IN the Super Bowl.

We've had a public spat between Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. We've had a report that Peyton's healing is coming along too slow; that his damaged nerve in his neck still hasn't healed and that his arm strength is a major concern.

Then we had Peyton come out on ESPN saying that his recovery is progressing nicely.  Even Colts kicker Adam Vinieateri (what is it with Colts kickers being the ones to give opinions??) said that he thought Peyton's recovery was coming along great and that he wasn't far off (of course, he hasn't seen him since the end of the season when Peyton had only just started throwing the ball; I'd postulate that 10-15 yard passes aren't the same as zippy 35-yard ones).

So what's the truth? How is he doing? Will he be able to play again?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

How Did Pittsburgh Penguins Doctors Miss Sidney Crosby's Neck Injury?

**Update: News released today from the Penguins indicate that Crosby's injury is not fractured vertebrae but a soft tissue injury that may be aggravating his condition. He's now getting treatment for that.

If you're a doctor, this has got to be your biggest fear.  If you're a doctor who also happens to be a team physician/surgeon (which is typically a volunteer position), this is beyond your worst nightmare.

News emerged yesterday that Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who has been sidelined the better part of a year with concussion symptoms, also had an un-diagnosed injury to his neck.  Reports have not been detailed yet, but word is that Crosby had sustained fractures to his C1 and C2 vertebrae that have since healed.

That's pretty big news for a guy who most likely has had extensive testing by his Pittsburgh doctors over the past year.  Crosby was hit twice over the span of a week in late December, 2010 and early January, 2011, and was diagnosed with a concussion.  His symptoms took several months to abate, and it wasn't until late November that he was back playing in games again.


Of course, then he took yet another hit December 5 and his concussion symptoms returned.  Since then he's been all over the country to see various specialists about his head.  It wasn't until Tom Brady suggested to him, through certain channels, that he went to see this world-renowned spinal specialist, Dr. Bray, in Utah.