Digest for alt.sports.football.pro.miami-dolphins@googlegroups.com - 8 updates in 3 topics

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dan the Man <dan708@yahoo.com>: May 10 09:35AM -0700

> are at risk of this fate. The TV spots about Alzheimer's scare the shit
> out of me. None us want to go down that road. At 76 I think that many
> non-NFL players are suffering with serious mental issues. No cure in sight.
 
My paternal grandmother had Alzheimer's from her 70's until she died at 90. I'm hard put to think of anything worse - it slowly robs you of your memories, your identity, your ability to even take care of yourself.
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: May 10 10:36AM -0700

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:35:02 AM UTC-5, Dan the Man wrote:
> > out of me. None us want to go down that road. At 76 I think that many
> > non-NFL players are suffering with serious mental issues. No cure in sight.
 
> My paternal grandmother had Alzheimer's from her 70's until she died at 90. I'm hard put to think of anything worse - it slowly robs you of your memories, your identity, your ability to even take care of yourself.
 
 
I agree... there is nothing worse. These various forms of "senility" rob you of your dignity and turn you into a burden and an embarrassment for your spouse and/or kids.
 
Today there's a "companion piece" out there about Jim Kiick. He's evidently in even worse shape than Buoniconti. In his case it's apparently as clear as can be that CTE is involved. The quote below is from a doctor that treated Kiick.
 
This is more than Alzheimer's. This is more than frontal-lobe dementia, Parkinson's dementia. This is more than infection. He had brain trauma, and that's unequivocal."
 
Since no one knows where the line is between "normal" and CTE, I would think that we will see more and more players retiring early in hopes of avoiding this sort of end-of-life story. It's gruesome in every way.
 
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article149685489.html#storylink=cpy
Dan the Man <dan708@yahoo.com>: May 11 06:33AM -0700


> This is more than Alzheimer's. This is more than frontal-lobe dementia, Parkinson's dementia. This is more than infection. He had brain trauma, and that's unequivocal."
 
> Since no one knows where the line is between "normal" and CTE, I would think that we will see more and more players retiring early in hopes of avoiding this sort of end-of-life story. It's gruesome in every way.
 
> Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article149685489.html#storylink=cpy
 
Shortly after noticing the article about NickB in my local paper, I started looking for something to watch on TV; I came across an Ultimate Fighting event on Fox Sports 1 and immediately thought, "These guys will be next."
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: May 11 08:02AM -0700

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8:33:58 AM UTC-5, Dan the Man wrote:
 
> > Since no one knows where the line is between "normal" and CTE, I would think that we will see more and more players retiring early in hopes of avoiding this sort of end-of-life story. It's gruesome in every way.
 
> > Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article149685489.html#storylink=cpy
 
> Shortly after noticing the article about NickB in my local paper, I started looking for something to watch on TV; I came across an Ultimate Fighting event on Fox Sports 1 and immediately thought, "These guys will be next."
 
 
I don't even understand how that shit is legal.
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: May 11 08:01AM -0700

Okay… I'm old… but WTF is "The lean and the molly?"
 
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The Browns selected Jabrill Peppers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, even after the former Michigan safety tested positive for a dilute sample at the NFL Combine in March. Now (former) ESPN Radio Cleveland host Sabrina Parr thinks it was a mistake by the Browns and explained why Wednesday morning. While comparing Peppers to troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who has a long history of substance abuse, Parr believes Peppers also abuses drugs.
 
"He's on the lean and the molly," Parr said on "The Really Big Show" on ESPN 850. "The guy's not going to make it. He's not going to make it through the season.
 
"He's another Josh Gordon ... I've seen it first-hand from a different vantage point, and it's the same thing all over again. How are you already high out of your mind, and you've only been here for a week."
 
Even after show hosts Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer tried to get Parr to walk back her statements, she doubled down and even joked that 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas was "on the lean," which is also known as "purple drink" or "sizzurp."
 
"I guess I can't say certain things," Parr said before she was interrupted by one of her co-hosts with, "No. You can't."
 
WKNR announced Wednesday night it had terminated Parr's employment.
"euphemism@mindspring.com" <euphemism@mindspring.com>: May 10 08:23AM -0700

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6:14:03 AM UTC-5, J Lunis wrote:
> The skinny: Obviously, there are some who liked McMillan more than I did
> when I studied him on tape, but I still think the second round is too
> early for a linebacker who is more of a worker bee than playmaker.
 
 
 
McMillan certainly appears to be the most questionable choice for the Dolphins. As a #54 pick he needs to do more than develop into an "average starter." I hope that Grier and Tannenbaum knew something that pretty much everyone else has missed about Raekwon. There were too many other solid candidates available at that point to be stretching.
Stoobz <stoobz4@comcast.net>: May 10 04:53PM -0500

>> when I studied him on tape, but I still think the second round is too
>> early for a linebacker who is more of a worker bee than playmaker.
 
> McMillan certainly appears to be the most questionable choice for the Dolphins. As a #54 pick he needs to do more than develop into an "average starter." I hope that Grier and Tannenbaum knew something that pretty much everyone else has missed about Raekwon. There were too many other solid candidates available at that point to be stretching.
 
Asiata was the pick I liked the most. I was like, ALRIGHT MIAMI!
 
I can only hope McMillan grows into a steady tackling machine that has a
game changing play from time to time. He appears to be a man child of sorts.
J Lunis <lunis.j@gmail.com>: May 11 07:03AM -0400

>> when I studied him on tape, but I still think the second round is too
>> early for a linebacker who is more of a worker bee than playmaker.
 
> McMillan certainly appears to be the most questionable choice for the Dolphins. As a #54 pick he needs to do more than develop into an "average starter." I hope that Grier and Tannenbaum knew something that pretty much everyone else has missed about Raekwon. There were too many other solid candidates available at that point to be stretching.
 
Given the number of 2nd rounders who, by year 3, are out of the league
or backups, an "average starter" isn't a bad pick. Matter of fact, an
"average starter" for a round 1 guy isn't too shabby. That said, most
reviews knock him for not being an elite athlete but laud him for
instincts. As for me, I know very little about him.
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