September 18, 2015

DADDY, WHAT WAS FOOTBALL:

New: 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease (Jason M. Breslow, 9/18/15, PBS : Frontline)

A total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football, according to new figures from the nation's largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury.

Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have now identified the degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 96 percent of NFL players that they've examined and in 79 percent of all football players. The disease is widely believed to stem from repetitive trauma to the head, and can lead to conditions such as memory loss, depression and dementia.

At least you'll be able to tell them you saw the best team ever, The Best NFL Teams Of All Time, According To Elo (NEIL PAINE, 9/18/15, 538)

When the New England Patriots strode onto the Bermuda grass of University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 3, 2008, the spectre of history was waiting for them. The Patriots had, to that point, won all 18 of their games during the 2007 season and were a Super Bowl victory away from the NFL's first undefeated season since 1972.

Although we didn't exactly know it at the time, New England carried one additional bit of history into that evening: the single highest Elo rating achieved by any professional football team, ever.

Posted by at September 18, 2015 3:35 PM
  

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