For Super Bowl weekend we did a profile of the
1985 Super Bowl Champion, Chicago Bears, then and now.
football. There was an intense rivalry between head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan—a rivalry so dysfunctional that it actually fueled the team. The offense, though thrilling, has been referred to as “aim, fire, shoot,” as alluded to in quarterback Jim McMahon’s line in the team’s Super Bowl Shuffle call to arms, “When I hit the turf, I’ve got no plan. I just throw my body all over the field. I can’t dance, but I can throw the pill.”
They won 15 games, only to be foiled by the Miami Dolphins, denying them a perfect season a little over midway through. Determined that loss wouldn’t define them they did something pretty ballsy. They announced they were Super Bowl-bound in high style with their iconic Super Bowl Shuffle video, the proceeds of which, they donated to charity.
We heard this article was a topic of conversation among retired players at the Super Bowl this year. Continue reading
to check in with some of the 1985 Bears today.
As if academic fraud wasn't enough, it appears that the University of North Carolina has been engaging in concussion research fraud. Here's another of our investigative reports.
Concussion Research For Sale?
By Sheilla Dingus
In June 2019 University of Utah Economist Ted Tatos and Don Comrie of
Neurolabs released a disturbing scholastic paper based on research conducted from documents released by the University of North Carolina as the result of academic fraud. “Cognitive Disorders Among Incoming College Football Athletes: Legal and Medical Implications of Undisclosed Inclusion in Concussion Research”, published in The Journal of Scientific Practice and Integrity.
The study formed the basis for a 9-month long investigation by The Athletic
, a reader-funded site known for premium sports reporting. The Athletic
produced a documentary
and an article
authored by Christian Red based on the results of their investigation on the tainted research. Though the academic paper largely flew under the radar until The Athletic
published their work on October 8. Once the information made the leap from academic circles to the mainstream an onslaught of backlash soon erupted. Continue reading...
In a look at the NCAA, Derek Helling brings updates and analysis on the battle for NIL rights and more for college athletes.
New Jersey’s SB 971 is the Compromise of 1850 Reincarnated
By Derek Helling
New Jersey SB 971, a bill that advanced out of the N.J. Senate’s Higher
Education Committee on Thursday is a perfect representation of why these measures on a state level will fail to meet their stated goals. No matter how altruistic and heroic the intents of those who sponsor and support the bills in the disparate states considering similar motions are, the measures will ultimately prove as ineffective as the Compromise of 1850 in United States history. Continue reading...
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Smart Words "From the Mind of Maurice Clarett"
|Be Ready When Recess Is Over
Would you go to law school if you only had a 2% chance of practicing law after you graduated? Oh, and you’d be lucky to practice law 3 years, and then you’d need to start over and find a different career.
What about med school? Nobody would go to med school with only a 2% chance of practicing medicine for 3 years and then looking for another job.
So why would anyone go to college, majoring in what I call Eligibility Studies, when even the NCAA admits there is less than a 2% chance of making the NFL, keeping in mind that the average career length is less than 3 years and is getting shorter.
Yet this is what thousands of young men playing bigtime college football have done for decades and are still doing right now. I know because I was one of those guys myself. Continue Reading...