Month: December 2013

Helmet hits in the NFL causing more than just concussions, NFL suit “case not closed”

With the implementation of the targeting penalty in the NFL, defensive backs are resorting to lower hits to break up passing plays. The recent ACL and MCL tear sustained by Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski after Cleavland safety T.J. Ward drove his helmet into Gronk’s knee shows how the NFL has traded one evil for …

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Craig Morton, dissatisfied with NFL settlement, pushes for court case

“I’m not trying to do any harm to the NFL,” Morton said. “But it’s time for someone to step forward. The league never dealt with the real issues. There are a lot of guys out there who are hurting.” Morton notes that the NFL motion to form a settlement places a delay on the entire legal …

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Taking A Look At The Faulty Credo At The Core Of Hockey

In a piece by Canadian publication The Province, author Ed Willes takes a look at the core credo by which many hockey players live, “the players owe the game everything; the game owes the players nothing.” Willes argues that it’s exactly this erroneous credo that has many public hockey figures speaking out against the complaint filed …

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Seven Seasons, 17 surgeries and Kurt Walker is Still in Pain

Kurt Walker, former Toronto Maple Leafs winger, discusses his hockey career and battle with the ongoing pain. Mel is also quoted in this article: “The NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA have worked in concert to end disability benefits for pro athletes in California and other states,” Owens said. “They don’t care about the players once they’re …

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“Back then, you needed an arm dangling by a thread not to play.” -Nick Kypreos, 8 Year NHL Veteran

Mel Owens, one of the attorneys involved in the class-action lawsuit against the NHL, was recently a guest on Hockey Central at Noon. After an interesting conversation with hosts Doug MacLean, Nick Kypreos and Darren Millard regarding the merits of the lawsuit, the hosts took to discussing the issue among themselves. What resulted were a number of telling quotes regarding the culture of the league during the time period in which the players involved in the lawsuit were active.