Fans, teammates, and opponents, lauded Junior Seau’s play on the football field. Southern California residents praised his good works off it. Bill Littlefield says the troubling end to Seau’s life will join those things as part of his legacy.
When retired police officer Chris Garbarino found former football star Cookie Gilchrist on Facebook, he never expected the two of them to become close enough to describe each other as family. This week, Bill Littlefield talks to Garbarino about his relationship with the late Gilchrist and the book that the two wrote together, The Cookie That Did Not Crumble.
This week the NFL announced plans to assign a trainer to each team to identify players who may have suffered concussions during games. Bill Littlefield looks at the details of the plan, which was unveiled after Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy returned to a game on Dec. 8 with a concussion that was not diagnosed.
The NFL has announced a plan to assign a trainer to each NFL team for the purpose of monitoring any possible concussions during games. The move comes after the Cleveland Browns failed to properly diagnose quarterback Colt McCoy’s concussion during a game against Pittsburgh earlier this month. Read the latest on the league’s plans.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is back on the ice … and he’s hot. Crosby spent more than 10 months recovering from a concussion. Since returning to the Penguins’ lineup on November 21, he’s notched 11 points in six games. Bill talks with TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie about the comeback of “Sid the Kid.”
A new lawsuit filed by 75 former NFL players alleges the league intentionally witheld information about the health risks associated with concussions. Bill Littlefield says it would be easy to miss this story during the onslaught of NFL labor negotiation news, but the former players’ suit has a chance to have a lasting impact.
When Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara checked Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty into the boards Tuesday night, he left Pacioretty with a concussion and a broken vertebra. Chara wasn’t suspended, but Elliotte Friedman of the CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” thinks he should have been. Bill talks with Friedman about the hit. We’ll also report on [...]
The NFL will hand out suspensions for illegal hits after helmet-to-helmet collisions knocked seven players out of last week’s games with head injuries. Bill speaks to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King about the changes we may see in the game.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley are both suffering from concussions after Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Neither player has been ruled out of playing in Philly’s next game, and Bill Littlefield wonders why not.
This week on Only a Game, our fifteenth offering of Super Bowl Haiku poetry. Also, how Super Bowl TV ads went from superstars to underachievers, and two music critics help us decide the winner in a battle of the Super Bowl fight songs.