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There are an increasing number of retired athletes who have been diagnosed posthumously with a degenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Researchers at several centers around the country are studying this disease, its cause and progression. The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy in Boston states that CTE is the only preventable form of dementia. Ninety percent of confirmed cases have been in retired athletes. Athletes who have a history of multiple concussions have a higher incidence of dementia and dementia-related diseases later in life.
*It was actually nice to know how hard it was to tip it over!
Thankfully, there are new episodes of Glee, knitting, and good chocolate in this world to take my mind off things.
You’d be wrong.
A few days ago, during the game before DH’s, a bench-clearing brawl broke out. Can you even?
Apparently, a player kicked the ball and it came pretty close to another player’s head. The second player thought the guy did it on purpose, so he shoved the guy. The guy shoved him back. Now, usually that’s where it ends. The guys would get sent off and play would continue. But, I guess a third guy was up for a fight, because he came running from half-way across the court and shoved one of the players too.
Of course, this escalated things, so punches were thrown and at one point there were 4-5 guys kicking a player who was lying on the floor.
Isn’t that absolutely appalling? I mean, seriously…this is a middle-age men’s recreational soccer league. A lot of the time there are families there watching. How in the world does this kind of thing even happen?
I’m slightly worried that DH will continue to play in this league in the summer. Yes, the league won’t be letting those players back in, but this isn’t the only altercation he’s witnessed. There’s constantly 1-2 total jerks on each team who seem like they’re looking for a fight. A lot of players – be it from having a lack of ability or from just been aggressive in nature – are overly physical and go after the guy rather than the ball. One guy, who was a goalie, got his hand broken and wasn’t able to work for weeks because some other guy took a run at him while he was grabbing the ball.
It doesn’t help that the refs in the league don’t seem to call many fouls, which means players start getting frustrated and will take more of an aggressive slant to their playing (because if the other guy/team can get away with it, then they should too). But, I still don’t think that should excuse this type of disgusting behavior.
Yes, there are times where it’s appropriate to be competitive, there’s nothing wrong with that. But when it escalates to crap like this, especially when it’s supposed to be “just for fun” and a way to get some exercise, it makes me embarrassed for the human race.
Things are a bit different now though. Evan usually takes a 1.5-2 hour nap and then goes to bed at 7pm — which would give us a nice opportunity to watch our favorite pre-game program, Road to the SuperBowl, and then be able to watch most of the game in peace.
Apparently, Evan had other plans. He took a 50 minute nap, was a crank-osaurus from about 4-6:30pm. We tried to put him to bed then, since he seemed tired, but he would just not go down. So, we missed pretty much the whole first half. He finally went down at about 8:15pm. At least we got to watch most of the last half.
Sometimes, all I want is one afternoon/evening to sit on my ass, eat a crap-load of junk food and watch TV. Is that so much to ask?