Monthly Archives: October 2011

Dressing Up and Carving Pumpkins

The costumes. The pumpkins. The scary movies. All of these things make up an American tradition called Halloween. Our children dress up like Buzz Lightyear and Barbie, while the rest of us carve pumpkins and shut out the lights to watch the latest horror film we ordered from Netflix. Even though no one gets off work and the government doesn’t endorse Halloween as a national holiday, everyone has plans and everyone wants to get in on the fun.

Sadly, this is also a time when experts say that kids are more likely to get hurt than on any other day of the year. By one estimation, young children are four times more likely to be hit by a car if they wear a dark costume and walk across the road without an adult. Then there are those flammable costumes that easily catch fire from a simple brush against the forgotten candle in a busy room. And lest we forget the most common Halloween injury: pumpkin carving with a dull or even sharp blade.

Based on a study in the Journal of Pediatrics, no other day produces more ER visits for children ages 5 to 14. All the more reason to keep a careful eye out for a girl whose princess costume is twirling near an open flame or a boy whose batman costume puts him at risk of being unexpectedly hit by a driver who can’t see his figure at night. If you choose to let your child help you carve this year’s pumpkin, don’t let your home become a bloody horror scene (yes, that was a Halloween pun). Watch out for those little ones who don’t always know the safest way to enjoy a holiday.

This month, the Brace Shop wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Carve those pumpkins. Snuggle up with a loved one in the dark. And fill up on a little extra candy. Oh, and it goes without saying… have a little fun this year.

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Another Fresh Start for Braylon

Next Sunday will be the first real debut of Braylon Edwards wearing a San Francisco 49ers jersey and playing for one of the hottest teams in the NFC. Edwards was drafted in 2005 by the Cleveland Browns where he made numerous promises that he was unable to keep. Frankly, he was drafted to a poor team, so broken promises just came with the territory of playing for the seething Dawg Pound in Ohio.

Eventually, Edwards was traded to the New York Jets where he proved himself more valuable in the post season, especially in the match against Indianapolis in which he caught an 80 yard strike from rookie quarterback, Mark Sanchez, to give the Jets their first points of the game. Edwards and his teammates would go on to lose the game, 30-17, but Edwards knew he had the potential for greatness.

When his contract expired at the end of the 2010 season in New York, Edwards was signed by San Francisco, where he now begins his second attempt at a fresh start. Unfortunately, he is coming off a minor knee surgery and Coach Jim Harbaugh is working gingerly into a high powered offense that includes Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore. So far, the team has done just fine without the aid of Edwards in their lineup, but adding his name might, at the very least, make the blossoming Niners look that much better to their opponents. Whether Edwards can play up to the level his team is playing right now is up for debate. Sunday will give him that chance, when the Cleveland Browns (yes, the ones who drafted him) come to town.

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He Said, He Said Trash-Talking

Well, as the phrase goes in America, gossip is always “he said, she said,” but in the National Football League, where testosterone rules the field, that line goes more like “he said, he said.” And more than 24-hours after Sunday’s games, players from both the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons are still talking trash about their respective quarterback injuries. Funny thing is, the quarterbacks aren’t the ones doing the trash talking.

Lions Quarterback, Matthew Stafford, went down in a loss to the Falcons while grabbing at his knee. Soon after, the problem had extended to his ankle. And while Coach Schwartz said that his QB had gone home in a boot brace on Sunday, the prognosis is good for next week. On the other side of the ball, Falcons Quarterback, Matt Ryan, suffered an ankle injury when his offensive lineman, Will Svitek, was pushed back onto his foot by the defensive line of the Lions. Both quarterbacks went down, but Ryan came back for a game-winning drive that stunned everyone in Detroit. And so began the war of words.

A Falcons receiver accused members of the Lions’ offensive line of taunting Ryan when he twisted that ankle. The offensive center for Atlanta even went so far as to say that one of them was ‘kicking at Ryan’s feet while he writhed on the ground in pain, calling for the Falcons to get the cart.’ Ndamukong Suh, who was among the men directly accused of such unsportsmanlike conduct, did not immediately deny these claims, but instead chose to defend his professional role as a predator of the quarterback.

“I have nothing to say. The man’s sitting on the ground. We’ve obviously continued to do our job, getting to him, causing havoc, his own quarterback takes him out. … I have no comment, no issues, no nothing — nothing to say to him. At that time, when he’s on the ground, there’s nothing that I have to say to him. We’ve done our job, we’ve been in his face, we’ve caused him to go down, we’ve caused his offensive lineman to hurt him.”

So if something was said on the field, only a few people really know. Again, it’s all he said, he said.

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When Coaches Get Physical

Sunday was an unusual day of football, especially for the coaches.

After a fierce battle in which the San Francisco 49ers overcame the previously undefeated Detroit Lions with a 25-19 win, Niners Coach Jim Harbaugh was fired up, lifting his shirt and chest bumping his players. Unfortunately, his excitement came at just the moment when Lions’ Coach Jim Schwartz was preparing to shake his hand at midfield. So what did Harbaugh do? He gave Schwartz a vigorous handshake and slapped him on the back so hard that it seemed disregarding and careless. So what did Schwartz do? He chased Harbaugh down the field and the two coaches had to be separated in a childish scuffle.

Then there was Coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints. He was guiding his team against the railing Tampa Bay Buccaneers — who, ironically, lost a crushing game last week to Harbaugh’s Niners, 48-3 — when a Bucs defender crashed into the sideline trying to tackle tight end Jimmy Graham, who then landed on Payton. The beloved Super Bowl winning Saints coach tore his MCL and fractured his tibia, causing him to shout from the bench instead of the sideline. He did not return to the game immediately following halftime. And no surprise, the Saints lost to the Bucs, 26-20.

Based on the traditions of professional football, players are the ones who get paid to play the game, players are the ones who risk injuries, and players are the ones who occasionally get into a scuffle from heated emotions. Coaches? While they do get emotional, they’re traditionally asked to stay out of these kinds of injury-laden, fight-hungry situations. Something must have been in the water on Sunday. A great game got overshadowed and a great coach got hurt.

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Las Vegas Tragedy: Dan Wheldon, 1978-2011

“I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen anything like it. The debris we all had to drive through the lap later, it looked like a war scene from Terminator or something. I mean, there were just pieces of metal and car on fire in the middle of the track with no car attached to it and just debris everywhere.” – Ryan Briscoe, Australian Penske Race Car Driver

“It was like a movie scene… It was debris everywhere across the whole track, you could smell the smoke, you could see the billowing smoke on the back straight from the car.” – Danica Patrick, American NASCAR Driver

The tragic events of Sunday, October 16, easily overshadowed everything else in professional sports. This year’s Indianapolis 500 winner, Dan Wheldon, was caught up in a 15-car pile up at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His car flew up over another vehicle, landing some 200 yards ahead in a fiery pile of shattered metal. Two hours later, doctors announced that his injuries were unrecoverable. Dan Wheldon, at age 33, was dead.

Several other drivers were injured in the crash, but understandable attention was given to the significant loss of Wheldon, who also won the Indy 500 in 2005. He is survived by his wife Susie and his two boys, Sebastian and Oliver, all of whom live in St. Petersburg, Florida. Upon the news of his death, IndyCar asked drivers to participate in a five-lap tribute. Each driver left the event with a deep feeling of loss, many who couldn’t hold back the tears.

All of us at the Brace Shop wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dan Wheldon. His loss will be felt for years to come.

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Moses Wins Chicago Marathon; 6th American Dies

London, Berlin, New York, Boston and Chicago make up the five World Marathon Majors held annually for runners all over the world. However, the Chicago Marathon has a frightening track record (pardon the pun) for losing contestants in the midst of a race. On Saturday, firefighter William Caviness collapsed just a few hundred meters from the finish line. Although doctors attended to him immediately, the 35 year old’s pulse never returned. His death follows Chad Schieber of Michigan (2007), Rachael Townsend (2003), Luke Roach (2001), Danny Towns (2000), and Kelly Barrett (1998), all of whom started the Chicago Marathon but didn’t survive to the end.

And while this most recent tragedy marks a serious concern for officials, approximately 35,000 runners still completed the race safely by the end of the day. Kenya’s Moses Mosop, an olympic bronze medalist, set a course record at two hours, five minutes, and 37 seconds. As he came in for the final stretch, far ahead of any other opponent, Mosop managed to smile and wave at the cheering crowd. When asked about the injured tendon on the outside of his left ankle prior to Saturday’s race, Mosop expressed a belief that the pain would hinder his performance. With record time and no evidence of any weakness in that ankle, perhaps Mosop is a better runner when his body isn’t at 100%. Either way, good for him. Chicago applauded its winner that evening amidst a sorrowful heart.

A victorious day for Kenyans. A tragic day for Americans.

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Violence Erupts Again in Egypt

In 1770, one of the most infamous events in American history took place between a crowd of unarmed colonists and a group of armed British soldiers. Snowballs were thrown at the soldiers as a sign of displeasure, but in a sudden and shocking turn of events, someone shouted, “FIRE!” Bodies fell quickly, as though it was automatically the fault of an unprovoked military. The commanding officer, Thomas Preston, denied ever giving such an order, knowing that it was contrary to protocol even in the face of a harsh and snowball-throwing protest. To this day, no one has a definitive answer to what happened on that day that became known as the Boston Massacre.

Last week, violence erupted in Egypt as a group of Christian protesters (known in the region as Copts, for their allegiance to the Christian traditions of the classical era) were suddenly and suprisingly fired upon by the military while marching in Cairo. The reason for their march had been sparked by the burning of a Coptic church in southern Egypt. Copts have often been discriminated against throughout the Middle East, even though they make up a solid, minority religion. However, the military claims that their firings were incited by several in the crowd who fired at them first. Right now, the heat of animosity between military and civilians is fuming, so the truth about who fired first may take some to uncover. On the other hand, history may recognize this as an always mysterious and unsolved Cairo Massacre, not all that unlike its 1770 counterpart in Boston.

Current reports from Egyptian health officials suggest that there are at least 24 dead and 212 injured. A curfew was immediately enforced on Sunday as an attempt to draw down any further violence.

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Time to Do or Addai

With a standing of 0 wins and 5 losses, the Indianapolis Colts are all but finished for the season. No Peyton Manning. No Kerry Collins. And now, no Joseph Addai. That’s right. While every Colts fan knew the season was pretty much a wash without Manning, the hits just keep on coming.

The game between Indianapolis and the Kansas City Chiefs was all Indy in the first 20 minutes, with the Colts going up 17-0 against a familiar AFC opponent. Even Curtis Painter, the new starting quarterback, looked sharp, closing out the game with 277 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. But in the first quarter of play, Joseph Addai went down with a hamstring injury and did not return to the field all day. Every ounce of potential momentum the Colts had acquired up to that point was quickly gone after his absence. Chiefs took the win, 28-24.

Elsewhere in the league, Raider nation was proud to earn a win against the rising Houston Texans. Their victory comes at a timely moment in team history: their long time owner, Al Davis, died in his home this past week, sparking an emotional and physical defense of the Davis legacy. During the game, Houston’s star linebacker went out with an unusual pectoral injury during the first quarter.

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Time for a New Driver

They say that no one can replace a great athlete. All you can do is fill in the gaps of their absence. When it comes to Donald Driver, a 13-year veteran of the Green Bay Packers, we’re talking about a class act on a championship team. But wait! Driver needs to be replaced? That’s what doctors are saying after he went down with a knee injury against Denver on Sunday.

If we’re being honest, Driver hasn’t had much of an impact this season, making only 5 catches for 51 yards in the first three games. When he collided with Broncos safety Brian Dawkins while quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambled for a touchdown, Driver didn’t get up very quickly. Although his teammates were able to help him off the field, it wasn’t long before a cart came to take him into the locker room. And if you were watching the game, Driver did jog back onto the field after halftime, but physicians are suggesting it may be more serious than Driver was willing to admit in the second half.

So who becomes the new Driver for Green Bay? Some say Jordy Nelson, the 4-year veteran who played a big role in the Super Bowl. Others say rookie Randall Cobb. Whoever steps up to fill in the gap, the Packers are flying high. Even without Driver having much of an impact, Rodgers & Co. walked all over Denver with a 49-23 wallop.

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Concealing Injury Reports

As of October 1, 2011, UCLA begins a new policy of hiding football injuries from the public. Well, not exactly.

Most of us have become the information consumers of an information age, when anything and everything we want is just a search away. Interested in finding out if your favorite running back will play this weekend? Just Google their name and you’ll find a thousand articles from that day alone. Need to know whether a quarterback’s wrist is really broken? Do a quick search on Bing and there it is. Minute by minute updates have become a trend of modern technology; a feature that many of us take for granted.

The problem, as UCLA sees it, is that every injured player deserves a certain amount of medical privacy before the mobs raid their hospital rooms or start a media circus at the family home. Starting this month, only the coach will be permitted to speak about player injuries and he will only do so twice a week. Perhaps most valuable to these athletes is that as a result of their injuries, they will not be available for interviews, and players injured during practice will not have access to the media.

But is this all about protecting the players? Not exactly. Much of this new policy is a result of the horrifying 45-19 loss to Stanford, when it was learned that Stanford coaches were acquiring the UCLA injury report in order to prepare for playing against those potentially weakened athletes on the other side of the ball. Cheap shot by Stanford. Or so we believe. Professional football players often think the same way about their weakened opponents, so it’s difficult to scold Stanford for doing the same thing. But lest we forget that these are still just college kids, the need for a little privacy is only reasonable.

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