Monthly Archives: September 2011

Early Season Over for Britt

Wikipedia has an entire page devoted to the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV. That was game in which the high flying St. Louis Rams took on the tough, Jeff-Fisher-coached Tennessee Titans. The Titans were one score from tying the game. With the clock running to zero, Quarterback Steve McNair passed the ball to Kevin Dyson, Rams’ linebaker Mike Jones grabbed Dyson at the two yard line, and with an arm stretched to the goal line, Dyson’s knee came down. He was one yard short. His arm just couldn’t reach. And ever since that day, that moment, that play, the Titans have been ‘fishing’ for another shot at greatness.

This season was off to an excellent start. The Titans acquired an experienced Super Bowl quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck, then grabbed Jake Locker, a sensational college quarterback from the Washington Huskies as their backup. But quarterbacks are of little value if they have no one solid in their receiving corps. That’s where Kenny Britt came in. Drafted in 2009 as a first-rounder from Rutgers, Britt has been every bit the star receiver. Even this year, he was off to a remarkable start with 289 yards in three games. Unfortunately, the season appears to be over for Kenny Britt. And this will have an impact on what Hasselbeck can do in those long yardage situations.

On Sunday, Kenny’s knee buckled during a Denver tackle and doctors have concluded that he’ll need surgery as soon as possible. And not the kind of surgery that allows a player to get back on the field in two weeks. He tore his ACL and his MCL. For Britt, that means there is no more football this year. And just when the Titans were climbing the ranks in the hope of another great return to the Super Bowl, they’ll now have to try and make that run without Kenny Britt.

Tennessee Coach Mike Munchak was honest, but optimistic about the situation. “He [Britt] was off to a great start this year. As we all know, he’s a special player. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him. But he’s young. We know that he’ll be back next year.”

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Frozen Should a Side Effect of a MasectomyFor the second year in a row, the Brace Shop is joining the global breast cancer movement by recognizing “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” for October and donating a portion of their online sales to the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The Brace Shop hopes that by providing financial support and creating awareness to this organization, we can one day find a cure for breast cancer.

As screening programs become more common, breast cancer is being found at its earlier stages, which means better success for treatment. Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at 40 (www.komensouthflorida.org).

Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast. This disease can affect people of all age groups. It may be a friend, a family member or even a co-worker who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 5-year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is 89 percent. This means that 89 out of every 100 women with breast cancer will survive for at least five years (www.komensouthflorida.org). Hearing the words “breast cancer” doesn’t always mean an end. It can be the beginning of learning how to fight, getting the facts and finding hope.

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Time Capsule: That High Heel Fall

For those who remember the early days of Mariah Carey (back when we didn’t think it was possible for anyone other than Whitney Houston to reach those notes), her eventual fade from sight, and her recent resurgence into the pop music industry, it’s hard not to give her some credit for staying somewhat above the fray. She’s a talented musician, a consistently beautiful woman, and now a beloved mother to her twins, Monroe and Moroccan (born earlier this year). So why are we bringing her up? Because one year ago today, the singing sensation proved herself just as human as the rest of us.

On September 29, 2010, Carey was performing at an event in Singapore, tripped over in those statement high heels, and landed square on her toosh. The onstage incident was moderately ignored as though it were nothing, with Carey kicking off her heels and continuing on with the show in bare feet. But it wasn’t long before her assistants could tell this was far more serious than a simple slip. She had officially twisted her ankle and, for several days, was carted around in a wheelchair. The humor of her representative was hard to miss: “Mariah twisted her ankle in Singapore and should have packed more sensible shoes, but she doesn’t have any.” Really.

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The Hunter Replaces the Gore

Since 2005, one of the few bright spots on the San Francisco 49ers roster has been the presence of a stellar running back in Frank Gore. Every season, while the offense fails to make passing plays and the defense struggles to stop their opponents, Gore still finds a way to run another 100 yard game. His stats are off the chart and never ceases to amaze. But on Sunday afternoon, while battling the Cincinnati Bengals, Gore went down with an ankle injury. Early reports indicate that he may be out for some time and more urgently, he’ll miss this Sunday’s matchup with the struggling Philadelphia Eagles.

All fans of the game know that Gore is the kind of running back who plays hurt. In fact, when it came to last weekend’s match against the Bengals, Gore was already hurt when he pushed his team through to a victory in the second half. But now the time has temporarily come for a torch to be passed. The new running back? His name is Kendall Hunter and he was the only player on the Niners who scored a touchdown in the Bengals game. Let’s be careful, however, not to crown Hunter as the new Gore. After all, he only averages 2.7 yards per carry and has little history in the game as a primary back.

On Sunday, the Eagles will be desperate to maintain their self-titled dream team status. The Niners will be, well, just playing to play. No one knows quite yet just how competitive they can actually be down the stretch. What we do know is that without Gore, their chances go south.

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Dream Team Still Dreaming

Before the season started – or should we say, from the moment the lockout ended – experts were calling the Philadelphia Eagles a 2011 Dream Team. Perhaps those ‘experts’ should have been a little more critical of their sources. Apparently, the entire conversation about a ‘dream team’ began when 2-time pro bowl Quarterback Vince Young came on board as a backup and Cullen Jenkins left the Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers to sign with Philadelphia as a defensive lineman. Young had barely stepped off the plane and shared his profound ‘dream’ about the team he was joining. Jenkins, however, was a bit more realistic, having just come from the champion Packers.

“Calling ourselves the ‘Dream Team,’ that would indicate that we’ve done something or that we’re to a level that other people want to be at,” he said. “But in actuality, we just have talent on our team, but we haven’t done anything with the talent yet. So we need to go out there and prove something first before we can start talking about what we are.”

Those ‘dreams’ are now in serious jeopardy. Starting Quarterback Michael Vick went down in Sunday’s matchup against the Giants with what many were calling a ‘broken hand’ on his non-throwing arm. Turns out, it’s just a bruise. But no matter, Vick is injured for the second time this season and we’ve only seen three weeks of play. Eagles’ fans are known for being pretty intense and only time will tell if they can put up with a dangerous, incredibly mobile quarterback who puts himself at probable risk in almost every down. If not, stands may start chanting for a Young replacement.

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Mark Hamill Turns 60

His face is etched in the annals of film history. Luke Skywalker staring into a double sunset while the unforgettable music of John Williams rises in the background. Forevermore, the face of our beloved, young Skywalker will belong to Mark Hamill, who officially turned into an old man on Sunday. The now 60-year-old actor has been largely off the radar since the final taping of Return of the Jedi in the early 1980s. But he’s not alone in the Star Wars actors’ ‘old man’ category: Harrison Ford is 69 and David Prowse is 76.

David Prowse, you ask? Of course. If you know Star Wars, you know his image and you know his figure. Prowse was the original Darth Vader whose face was uncovered in the classic Jedi film from 1983. He was born in 1935, lived through World War II, and eventually became a British body builder before landing the iconic role that would make him one of the most famous men that no one knows.

At age 13, Prowse endured a serious knee injury that left him wearing braces and visiting hospitals for several years. After some serious work on his physical body, the injury faded for almost 40 years, reappearing in 1990, some time after Prowse was finished filming all of the Star Wars films that made him a legend. And since 2009, although he has been battling with prostate cancer (currently in remission), Prowse remains a ‘force’ to be reckoned with.

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Gators Look Healthy for Kentucky

We all know that a victory leads to good spirits, but who knew that winning a football game might also mean that players get healthier. During the Gators win over Tennessee last week (33-23), Florida (3-0) was able to pull out their victory while several key players continued to rest for more important, upcoming games. Their health is crucial at this point, as the Gainesville players will come against a seething Kentucky Wildcats team that’s looking to avenge their most recent loss to Louisville.

Several fans got nervous when running back Chris Rainey was helped off the field during the third quarter. Word has it, though, that he simply had the wind knocked out of his chest after he landed on the ball. Then there were those intimidating players who dressed for the game on Saturday, but weren’t sure if they would get to go on the field.

Among those who stayed in street clothes during the game, cornerback Jeremy Brown (knee injury) was hobbling around on crutches, tight end Jordan Reed was hurt the previous week, but no one knows why, receiver Robert Clark returned after a hamstring injury and tight end AC Leonard debuted for Florida just a few weeks after going through knee surgery.

Kentucky will have their hands full against the undefeated Gators when they face each other at 7pm on Saturday night.

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With Djokovic Injured, Argentina Wins

For those who follow professional tennis, one of the few authentic international sports, the Davis Cup continues to represent the best players in the world. Originally, the competition was meant to highlight a match between the United States and Britain in 1900, but has since grown to include almost 140 countries every year.

Now, in 2011, everyone in the tennis world knows that the man to beat is Novak Djokovic, who took home the U.S. Open title last week. Unfortunately, the Serbian athlete was forced to retire from the Davis Cup early because of an ailing back that has been plaguing him since his incredible Open victory against Rafael Nadal.

“Of course I am very disappointed that the match ended this way,” said Djokovic. “I tried, but it did not work, I was not even 60 percent ready, but we have accepted that risk although we knew that my injury could worsen… I am not angry, just sad and disappointed, as I really believed I could endure the match and win it, but against a player who pulled in 80 percent of his first serve, that was impossible.”

By pulling out of the 2011 match, Argentina gladly took the win by default, with some players insisting that they deserved to win regardless of whether he had played to the end or not. Coach Tito Vazquez was a little bit more honest. “Novak’s injury lessened our victory a bit.” We’ll call that an understatement.

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Blackhawks’ Kane Plans for Opener

If you saw him on the street, you might think he was just an everyday kid. But Patrick Kane is a 22 year old professional hockey player with the Chicago Blackhawks and the National Hockey League. Seems like only yesterday that the Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup back to Chicago, but now they’ll have to pry the trophy away from Boston, where the Bruins are currently the champs. And Kane insists he’ll be playing in the season opener, even though he has an injured wrist and still isn’t ready to get on the ice.

Kane’s wrist has been surgically repaired and he appears to show no signs of pain during each practice in which he participates, but this doesn’t mean he’s cleared for the opener. In fact, physicians are hesitant about letting him really practice from scrimmage like the rest of the team.

“I did a little stickhandling without the splint and it was a little bit stiff, but I felt fine out there. It was probably the best I felt. I was actually shooting a little more. I was begging the trainers to scrimmage, but I don’t think they’re going to let me.” And rightly so. The Blackhawks have another injury to consider with Rostislav Olesz, whose right leg is still in a brace, but he’s been permitted to join the scrimmage. “My right leg is not healthy like before… but I feel real comfortable on the ice. I have the brace and it feels good.”

The National Hockey League opens for business on October 7.

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With Shaw and Manuel Down, Sooners Win

The field and the stands were silent when Florida State receiver, Kenny Shaw dropped a pass in the end zone and fell unconscious. Even the Oklahoma players took a knee to pray for their opponent. At least ten minutes passed before anyone saw movement from Shaw, causing some to wonder if his neck had been injured when his head came between the helmets of two colliding Sooners. But as he was being carted off the field, a thumb went up to fans and within an hour, doctors were walking him back to the field so that he could witness the end of the game, where his Seminoles fell to the #1 Sooners 23-13 on Saturday night.

Quarterback EJ Manuel had his own injury to overcome in the third quarter when a linebacker managed to plow the passer into the turf, leading to a bruised shoulder. Manuel tried to shake it off on multiple downs, only to demonstrate to his coaches and his fans that he was in utter agony. Backup quarterback Clint Trickett had his bright moments, but he lacked movement in the pocket, which cost the game.

Florida State fans will have to shake off the loss and admit, thankfully, that neither Manuel or Shaw were seriously injured for the long haul. Shaw, as it turns out, suffered a moment ‘lights out’ concussion and Manuel just needed to rest a bruise. Both young men should be back on the field next week when the Noles go up against Clemson. In the meantime, Oklahoma survived a week of smack-talking Florida State fans only to leave Tallahassee with yet another victory for the record books.

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