Insight News

Dec 21st


Concussions, Sports, and Money: a bad cocktail

Concussions, Sports, and Money: a bad cocktailWith Minnesota Twins icon Justin Morneau suffering the lingering effects from a concussion since early July, and the head knocking football season at hand, it’s important that young athletes and their families learn about the effects of concussions. Whether football, hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, and whatever, there are multiple ways to come across a concussion when athletes get to running around with scowls on their face, fighting for the extra inches that lead to victory. We celebrate these dangerous, but exhilarating, efforts with statements like “going the extra mile” and “sacrifice your body for the team”, but there is always another side to valor.

There is a growing problem of traumatic brain injuries in sports – or perhaps there is just greater testing and attention focused on these injuries – and the affects are both in the short-term and long-term. Former Minnesota Twin Cory Koskie, who suffered through troubles with concussions in his baseball career, described the experience as “exasperating.” Simple tasks like driving and reading become difficult. Short-term effects include: confusion, temporary amnesia, headaches, dizziness, ringing of the ears, nausea, slurred speech, and fatigue. One of the major difficulties with concussions is due to the very individual nature of its effects.

College Football Preview: Gophers deserve a break

College Football Preview: Gophers deserve a breakMinnesota sports. I tell ya. It’s a good thing that hope springs eternal and that new stadiums provide for lovely distractions to team results that leave fans yearning for much more. For all the people, and Gopher Alumni, that struggled through those years of watching ant fights in the Grand Canyon --a.k.a. Gopher football games in the Metrodome-- who gives a darn if the team is delivering Earth-shattering victories over some of the greatest college football programs in history.  It just feels good to see goofy kids and proud old folks able to take in the darn game like it’s supposed to be taken.

Getting some pancakes and coffee in the morning, and strolling to the Gopher game at TCF Bank Stadium on a crisp, but not cold Fall morning, might be my vote for the purest good time going for Minnesota sports fans.  Or maybe its just that college is a beautiful thing period. Kids, go to college. Adults, take a group of kids down to the game, even if you can’t get in. There’s just good stuff in the air down there for old and young to find some inspiration. Plus chicken wings at Big Ten restaurant, or Chinese food at Village Wok is worth the trip alone.

Tiger Woods falls down, but gets up

Tiger Woods falls down, but gets up…Oh! Never mind. Brett Favre is back! Let’s talk about that instead! …Actually, let’s just wait until after the Vikings’ first game versus the reigning Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints (shout out to the “Wardies” from the New Orleans neighborhoods). All I know is that the Vikings better put some type of concrete or force field around Favre’s ankle, because all year they will be lining up against some well-paid, ridiculously sized people to zero in on that ankle, but never fear, The Tarvaris Jackson Fan Club is still here.

Enough of that Barnum & Bailey & Favre Circus, we’ll give Tiger Woods his last shout out before this year’s golf season closes. Contrary to the many stories that suggest the demise of the worlds’ most famous adulterer, Tiger Woods, we have instead, the usual story that has been going on since the beginning of time has been unfolding instead: the story of redemption.

Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, and John Randle inducted into the Hall of Fame

Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, and John Randle inducted into the Hall of FameMany, including myself, consider Jerry Rice the Greatest Football player to ever grace an NFL field; and I do mean grace. While Rice did have a few “diva” years in the beginning of his NFL career, you don’t hear much of that because of the hard work and professionalism shown throughout Rice’s career. Typically, you can make a statement like that and it just breezes by without one really noticing the words “hard work” and “professionalism”, and really thinking about there meaning. With Rice, you must pay attention to these words (See: Rice’s legendary training regiment, and meticulous nature all the way down to his uniform), because he is one of those unique individuals who mastered the meaning of the George Washington Carver quote: “When you do common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the World.”

Welcome back to the Tarvaris Jackson Fan Club

Welcome back to the Tarvaris Jackson Fan Club
The Real Fox is Back! The Silver Fox, a.k.a. Elvis, a.k.a. Brett Lorenzo Favre has left the building, but is still sitting in the parking lot, laying against the hood of his pick-up truck, agonizing over football and flatscreen tvs from Sears, while doing a Wrangler commercial all at the same time.

Perhaps Favre’s rusty old ankle seems to be the sneaky thing holding the Good Ol’ Country boy back, but as Coach Yoast said in the movie Remember the Titans, “FORGET ABOUT HIM!! (Tarvaris), you’re in!” Favre (thusfar) pulled a different practical joke than I predicted, or Father Time pulled the bigger practical joke on Favre’s ankle. But the Purple fan base can do an about-face and find me standing with my arms folded in “nnhhnn” style (the low volume, “I told you so” kind of nnhhnn), yet always willing to welcome you back to The Tarvaris Fox Jackson Fan Club. With a year under his belt watching Favre, it’s as if Jackson got to visit and train with Yoda. The real Fox is now ready to assume his rightful place amongst the Jedi; of course the last time somebody claimed “Jedi” status, it was Daunte Culpepper, and, uh, yeah, … Culpepper sure was good before he said that though.

Boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson cared for his opponents in the ring

Sugar Ray Robinson, ranked by the Associated Press as the greatest boxer of the 20th Century, also exhibited a caring and compassionate nature that matched his talent. According to a new biography, Robinson would whisper to an opponent he was clobbering, “You aren’t a bum. Lay down. It’s too much.” If the opponent tried to keep his feet, the man’s battering only got worse until he went limp or was knocked out. From his earliest amateur bouts on, Sugar Ray’s opponents didn’t know what hit them. Robinson won 69 of his 85 amateur bouts by knockouts, 40 of them in the first round, and never lost a fight. During his professional career he won 173 more fights, tied six, and the 19 fights he did lose came mostly in his forties at an age when other fighters had long retired from the sport.

Tennis stars of tomorrow celebrate Serena Williams Wimbledon win

 Tennis stars of tomorrow celebrate Serena Williams Wimbledon winRecently youth tennis players at the Venus and Serena Williams Tutorial/Tennis Academy celebrated Serena's recent Wimbledon title win.

The mission of the Venus and Serena Williams Tutorial/Tennis Academy is to ensure the development of well-rounded individuals who will become positive role models in their respective communities by providing the necessary academic and tennis resources to enable each player to attend the college of his or her choice on a tennis scholarship.
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