Tag Archives: Football

Chest pads for sports: Do they protect against cardiac arrest? | NBC News

Do chest protectors keep kids safe on the playing field? The evidence is mixed, doctors say.

By Erika Edwards, Jan. 7, 2023, 12:15 PM PST

Screenshot from video in article…

Sports medicine specialist Dr. Kody Moffatt knows how seeing Damar Hamlin collapse in cardiac arrest on “Monday Night Football” has frightened parents of young athletes.

“Almost every family that I’ve seen in clinic since Tuesday morning has asked about this,” said Moffatt, division chief of sports medicine at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

“They were worried about chest impacts.

“Such life-threatening injuries are extremely rare, and though it now appears that the 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety is recovering, the incident was a gut punch reminder of how quickly injuries can happen.

Source: Chest pads for sports: Do they protect against cardiac arrest?

Al Michaels talks Super Bowl LVI, John Madden, Pat McAfee – Sports Illustrated

Leading up to his 11th Super Bowl on the call, and very likely his last game at NBC, the broadcaster gets deep into his craft—but he’s mum on where he’ll be practicing it next.

Jon Wertheim, Updated:Feb 3, 2022, Original:Feb 2, 2022

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As lopsided NFL trades go, well, forget about Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff. In 2006—in what was largely a face-saving PR stunt—ABC allowed its lead pro football play-by-play voice, Al Michaels, to decamp to NBC in exchange for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a precursor to Mickey Mouse created by Walt Disney in the 1920s.

Since the swap, Oswald has sat on the intellectual property equivalent of the injured list. Michaels, on the other hand, became the centerpiece for Sunday Night Football, a ratings juggernaut for NBC that, most weeks, outdraws every other show on TV.

As with any sports franchise, success has plenty of parents. The show’s director (Drew Esocoff) and executive producer (Fred Gaudelli) take back seats to no one. Same for sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who just finished her final season. The original SNF analyst, the late John Madden, may be the GOAT, but when he was replaced in 2009 by former All-Pro receiver Cris Collinsworth, ratings remained astronomical.

Source: Al Michaels talks Super Bowl LVI, John Madden, Pat McAfee – Sports Illustrated

Los Angeles and the Reintegration of the NFL | Los Angeles Public Library

In 1995, after playing in Southern California for nearly 50 years, the Los Angeles Rams left the West Coast for the Midwest, to become the St. Louis Rams.  They would stay there for 21 years, winning one Super Bowl title and losing in a second, before coming back to the Southland last year.  With that, L.A.’s original NFL team had returned to the city.  However, what many may not remember, is that this was the second time that the Rams had left the Midwest for Los Angeles.

Source: Los Angeles and the Reintegration of the NFL | Los Angeles Public Library

The Untold Story Of Any Given Sunday | Complex

On my TiVo, this film.. well-written behind-the-scenes article about the Oliver Stone movie, “Any Given Sunday” .. fits with Super Bowl weekend.. and insightful tale about filmmaking.. as an NFL fan for years, I sometimes question my football attraction –too brutal, too violent– players exchanging their bodies for money and fans, our attraction to our version of the Roman Coliseum.. I’d give it up, but I’d miss the ritual, the tv, the news about x, predictions, follow-ups, salsa, chips, lazy Sundays with the game on.. about the LI game on Sunday, I will be there, rooting for the underdog again.. there’s a message there somewhere, for me…


Oliver Stone’s set had partying, fighting, and general chaos, yet 16 years later the film is as relevant as ever.

Source: The Untold Story Of Any Given Sunday | Complex

Rivers, Chargers know Sunday could be last one | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Chargers Philip Rivers warms up before a game against Kansas City. — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune
Chargers Philip Rivers warms up before a game against Kansas City. — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

As he has, Philip Rivers will hop into his pickup truck Sunday morning. He’ll drive, as he has, from Chargers Park to Mission Valley, cruising through various neighborhoods and finally downhill toward the only NFL stadium he’s called home. He will see the usual tailgaters. He will park at the same spot.It won’t be lost on the quarterback, he said Wednesday.

This could be it.

Source: Rivers, Chargers know Sunday could be last one | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

College Football Playoff Committee Picks Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State – NYTimes.com

The College Football Playoff selection committee revealed its first four-team bracket on Sunday, seeding Alabama No. 1, Oregon No. 2, Florida State No. 3 and Ohio State No. 4. The two most deserving teams left out were Baylor and Texas Christian.

via College Football Playoff Committee Picks Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State – NYTimes.com.