Brain damage and the NFL: Inseparable.

footballThis is by no means a follow up or related post to my collection of NFL Music Videos. It’s but an excerpt from the recent coverage in GQ of research of brain injuries. The article is “Game Brain” and it will rattle the (American) football industry:

What the NFL couldn’t have known then, of course, is that by the time Omalu’s article was published, he had already gotten a second brain, that of former Steelers guard Terry Long, who died at 45 after drinking antifreeze. Same morgue. Same slab. Same story. Terry Long had a clinical history similar to Webster’s. Depression. Memory loss. Crazy behavior. In and out of psych wards. He was bankrupt, living destitute and alone. He tried rat poison. He tried other cocktails. Nothing worked until finally he got it right.

Omalu took Terry Long’s brain home, sliced it, sent it in for stains, ran the same tests, found the same splotches, the same tau proteins. “This stuff should not be in the brain of a 45-year-old man,” he said. “This looks more like a 90-year-old brain with advanced Alzheimer’s.”

So Omalu wrote another paper. He called it “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in a National Football League Player: Part II” and put it in an envelope and sent it to Neurosurgery, the prestigious peer-reviewed journal that did not, in the end, accept the NFL’s request to retract the first one and went ahead and published the second.

The news of CTE, of retired athletes possibly suffering debilitating brain damage, was now hitting the mainstream press. The NFL responded with denial and attack against the young pathologist in Pittsburgh, who surely had no idea what he was talking about.

“Preposterous,” they said to reporters.

“It’s not appropriate science.”

“Purely speculative.”


It was enough to tempt a man to become wicked, to lead him to thoughts of lawsuits and vengeance.

But Omalu did not become wicked. He reminded himself of who he was. “I perform autopsies on dead people every day, so every day I’m reminded of my mortality. It has made me become very religious. I know I’m going to die someday, I know I’m going to be judged by God, and I have work to do while I am here on the earth.”

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The Copenhagen Wheel

Check out the Copenhagen wheel, by the Senseable City Lab team at MIT:

Screen shot 2009-12-15 at 1.58.30 PM

Additional reading:

  • Press release by MIT
  • “Infrastructure, Programs and Policies to Increase Bicycling:  An International Review,” prepared for the Active Living Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Preventive Medicine, Vol. 48, No. 2, February 2010, in press (with Jennifer Dill and Susan Handy). Click here for PDF.

I used to live in New York City [music]


Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon)″

TWELVE-THIRTY (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) – The  Mamas and the Papas

(John Phillips)

I used to live in New York City
Everything there was dark and dirty
Outside my window was a steeple
With a clock that always said twelve-thirty

Young girls are coming to the canyon
And in the mornings I can see them walkin’
I can no longer keep my blinds drawn
And I can’t keep myself from talkin’

At first so strange to feel so friendly
To say “Good mornin'” and really mean it
To feel these changes happenin’ in me
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Collapse Volume IV: Concept Horror

Collapse IV features a series of investigations by philosophers, writers and artists into ‘Concept Horror’. Contributors address the existential, aesthetic, theological and political dimensions of horror, interrogate its peculiar affinity with philosophical thought, and uncover the horrors that may lie in wait for those who pursue rational thought beyond the bounds of the reasonable.

It includes poems, images, excellent writing, etc… Below are some samples from ‘Czech Forest’ by Rafani:


… and a mock childrens book:


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