First, I hope everyone is enjoying their long Memorial Weekend. Let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day: To honor the Men and Women who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
Here are some random quick hits for May 27th with my quick thoughts on each topic.
Hit 1: Bart Scott Doesn’t Want his Son to Play Football
Bart Says No
Jets linebacker Bart Scott has been right in the middle of the violence every Sunday in the NFL for the last 10 years. He has seen enough and knows enough that he’s already made his decision: He doesn’t want his 7-year old son, B.J. , playing football.
It’s only natural that the concussion issue, which is the biggest threat to the future of the game, has today’s players concerned not only for their own health but for the health of their children who might want to play football. The suicides of Dave Duerson and Junior Seau have players worried about the possible link between the punishment their bodies take playing football and their mental state when football is over.
“I don’t want my son to play football,” Scott told the Daily News. “I play football so he won’t have to. With what is going on, I don’t know if it’s really worth it.” – Read full post from The Daily News
Bart has been lucky in that he’s never faced a major injury. He’s known as a player that plays full tilt and seeing some of the hits he’s put on rivals, he knows how violent the game can be.
I don’t have a problem with him saying he doesn’t want his son to play the game. If anyone would know first hand and probably has seen things fans don’t (behind the scenes like recovery and injuries) it would be Bart.
Ultimately it’s up to his son to make the decision, but Bart, as he stated in the article, will do everything in his power to influence him NOT TO PLAY. So what’s the problem with that? I applaud Bart for going against popular opinion and putting himself out there.
By the way, I have a son a little older than Bart’s son and right now…. he’s not playing Football. He’s involved in other sports with Baseball being the prime sport, but I don’t think he’s going to play. My parents didn’t give me the option of playing either.
Baseball was king in my household and honestly, I didn’t have the frame for football early on. I was a scrappy skinny kid and I believe one good shot could have torn me in half. Now baseball, if I had to caracterize myself with one player on how I played the game, I would say Lenny Dykstra. I played with total disregard for my body diving, slamming in fences and sliding head first into every base. My scars and sore joints remind me of how I played the game.
If my son asks me to play football, like Bart, I’m going to influence him to stay with Baseball.
Erik Manassy is the creator of this blog, is a social media advocate and a die hard Jets fan.
Hit 2: Say what you will about his play… Tebow IS a Great Guy
A 4-year-old Durham boy whom the community had rallied around in recent months has lost his battle with cancer.
Preston Winslow died Saturday afternoon(May 19, 2012) , according to his family’s website. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age two and got a bone marrow transplant, but last December he was given only months to live.
“Preston took his last breath and went to Heaven,” his mother, Celeste Winslow, wrote on the blog. “We are deeply saddened, and although knew this would happen soon, we were not prepared to lose him today.
“He is the sweetest, strongest and the most amazing boy ever. We were so lucky to be his parents and to have him watching over us now.”
Strangers and friends came together to make three of Preston’s wishes come true.
In March, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow threw passes with Preston at a training facility in Tampa that Tebow co-owns.
Stories like this break my heart. Tim Tebow was Preston’s idol. Here is Tim’s response
I was so blessed to have met Blake Appleton and Preston Winslow. Two miraculous lives that truly left an impact on me and are now in a much better place. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to both of their families. Love you guys ~ Tim Tebow
Hit 3: Every Stadium to have Free Wi-Fi?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he wants every fan in every stadium to be able to access the Internet using whatever device they carry into the stands with them, as the NFL continues to grapple with the fact that for many fans, watching games on TV at home — for free — is a better experience than spending a small fortune to go to the game.
Wi-Fi that Actually Works?
“We believe that it is important to get technology into our stadiums,” Goodell said. “We have made the point repeatedly that the experience at home is outstanding, and we have to compete with that in some fashion by making sure that we create the same kind of environment in our stadiums and create the same kind of technology.”
As someone who has given up trying to tweet or send a picture of my seats while at the game, I’m glad to hear this BUT I’m not concerned that people won’t be IN the game as some of my followers have tweeted me.
cherylmil24@e_man Because, of course, fans should be Tweeting instead of looking at the FIELD & cheering on their teams. SMH.
5/26/12 9:21 PM
Look, I just payed $100+ for my ticket, and I have that PSL over my head. Obviously I tweet during the away games, but I’m silent during the home games as I’m in my seats watching the game. I have an iPhone with AT&T service and as soon as I walk into Metlife stadium (and it also applied to that “other stadium”), my phone stopped working.
If/when there is a legit connection at Metlife, I guarantee you this… I WON’T be tweeting every play. I’m there to be at the game. I may tweet 4-5 during the game with pictures, but trust me, if you are worried about the fans not being in the game, I don’t think this will be a problem for at least this fan.
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