Monthly Archives: November 2011

Christmas Day in the NBA

By now we’ve all heard the news. The NBA is back. Coming to a court near you on Christmas Day, no less. Talk about a ‘season of giving’.

But for the vast majority of us (you know, the 99.9% of people who don’t have a stake in financial deals between players and owners), the most obvious questions remain: what was the result of all this talk? Was anything achieved? Will players be better protected? Will owners get their fair share? Blah, blah, blah, right? Well, here’s the compromise in a nutshell:

(1) Basketball Related Income (BRI) will be split 50/50 between players and their teams. If, on the other hand, BRI is greater than projections for a given year, players get a bigger share. If BRI is lower than those projections, players get a smaller share (we can already see the yawns in the peanut gallery).

(2) The Salary Cap has been set to the same system it had in 2005.

(3) Minimum Salaries set to the same levels they were in 2005.

(4) Maximum Salries set to the same levels they were in 2005.

And on and on and on…

So basically, you missed a few dozens games this season because the players, the owners, and the intermediate legal authorities needed to decide how best to split their own money. Nothing you didn’t already know.

Now, can we just get back to playing some B-Ball? Christmas Day here we come!

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The Ethics of Black Friday

According to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), founded in 1957, approximately 34% of Americans had planned to go out shopping on Black Friday, a percentage up three points from 2010. Of course, the other 66% of the country, a strong majority, are content with staying inside, shopping online, or ignoring the deals altogether. But for that population of deal-seekers, businesses are now facing some backlash over how urgently they push their deals without considering the potential for violence and un-American behaviors it might encourage.

A woman in Parkersburg, West Virginia reportedly fell and suffered an injury trying to make her way into a Wal-Mart at one of those obscene hours of the night or early morning. Across the country in northern California, a shopper was shot when he refused to give up his items to a robber in the parking lot. Apparently, thieves have learned to steal from people who just finishing getting a steal (like those 40-inch LCD televisions that run for $199 or less). And yes, there’s the now infamous story of a Los Angeles woman who pepper sprayed at least 20 people in an effort to overcome the crowd with her buying skills.

All of these incidents (and others) represent a social concern that arises from a culture where getting the best deal means beating everyone else to that deal at whatever cost. After all, who wants to wait in a line at midnight, get in the door at 4am, be one away from that last television and not fight for it? That’s the game that comes with shopping on Black Friday and companies are now being forced to ask themselves whether, ethically, they have a responsibility to protect the very consumers they market.

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Helmet to Helmet

Commentators immediately fell silent when Darrin Kitchens of the Florida Gators went down and laid motionless on the ground, Saturday. So did most of the crowd. The reason for his fall was a direct, helmet to helmet tackle during a kickoff return that literally slammed his body into the turf. The Florida State Seminoles went on to win, 21-7, in a contest that was mostly about defensive turnovers.

Throughout the game, there were flags after flags after flags. But the real news on the field, however, were the injuries. In particular, the Kitchens hit that left many wondering if he was going to show any signs of feeling below the neck. After nearly fifteen minutes in which the stretcher was eventually used to cart him off the field, Kitchens gave a thumbs up, drawing cheers from the crowd and relief from the viewers. He was released from the hospital on Sunday, with all tests showing up negative for any sustained neck injuries.

Still, commentators spent much of the Kitchens’ injury timeout discussing Florida legislation. Should there be severe consequences for anyone who drives their helmet into an opposing player? Should the senators and representatives even get involved? Well, whether things do or do not change, one thing is for sure, most have agreed that the Kitchens’ hit was completely legal. The fact that there was a helmet to helmet collision was somewhat accidental. Or so they say.

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A Happy Thanksgiving from the Brace Shop

As we travel from place to place and family to family this memorable holiday, the Brace Shop wishes to extend a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers and customers.

As always, be careful in your celebrations. Some of the most common injuries around this day can be cuts and burns that result from lacking a nearby fire extinguisher. Or, as they say, too many hands in the kitchen, not enough precautions.

Oh, and then there’s the eating. Those who might not eat as much any other time of the year suddenly inhale several pounds of food in one sitting. This leads to heartburn, which can be avoided with a few preparations.

Dr. Stephen Carney of the Olympia Medical Center in California says, “Moderation is the key to avoiding post-turkey heartburn.” If you’re at risk of such concerns, make sure you drink a glass of water or milk along with some kind of antacid. However much you may want to lie down after a big meal, you should probably avoid going vertical until several hours have passed. Keep your head elevated and avoid smoking.

While we could take a dive into the discussion of injuries related to Black Friday, now is the time for just being thankful. And there is plenty to be thankful about this year.

Enjoy your day!

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A Thumb Down in Chicago

For years, Chicago has been waiting for a consistent leader at quarterback. By the time Jay Cutler came to the windy city in 2009, the team had gone through no less than ten quarterbacks in ten years, including the likes of Rex Grossman, Kyle Orton and Brian Griese. What Chicago got with Cutler was consistency. A tough competitor with a great arm and the ability to forget about bad throws. But on Sunday, the star quarterback broke his right thumb in a 31-20 victory over the visiting San Diego Chargers and will probably be out for the remainder of the season.

After throwing an interception to Antoine Cason, Cutler went for a tackle and was knocked flat by linebacker Donald Butler, who showed little regret for the damage he did with a single hit. Cutler, the always tough and persistent competitor stayed in the game and threw for 286 yards and a win. Now doctors are saying that the finally stable quarterback position may be thrust into disarray once again.

Caleb Hanie, a free agent acquisition who once played for Colorado State, will be Cutler’s backup next week, attempting to fire up the crowd with the same enthusiasm he had when the Bears lost Cutler during their 2010 NFC Championship Game last year. During that game, Cutler went down with a sprained MCL and then-backup 40-year-old Todd Collins injured his shoulder, leaving third-stringer Hanie to step up. By the end of the game, Hanie passed for 153 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions. Not a perfect showing, but let’s be honest… he was in a shootout against the Green Bay Packers who were en route to a winning streak. Even Cutler wasn’t going to get in the way.

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The Unrelated NASCAR Injury

The win wasn’t pretty, but Tony Stewart took home his third NASCAR title on Sunday at the Sprint Cup season finale. No injuries on the track and no serious concerns during the race, but there was a unique injury to team owner Rick Hendrick, whose ribs were broken on Halloween night (October 31) when his plane ran off the runway after landing at Key West International Airport.

Both Hendrick and his wife were released on the following Tuesday, but Rick was said to have suffered one broken rib and a broken collarbone. Later examination proved that he had actually broken four ribs in addition to his clavicle.

The small Gulfstream G150, owned and operated by Hendrick Motorsports, had some braking issues, but the pilots were able to maneuver the aircraft away from danger. Approximately 800 feet from the runway is a safety area, which is followed be a perimeter fence. The pilots are being called ‘heroes’ for their quick response to a tough situation.

“I’m so proud of how our pilots handled the situation,” said Hendricks, “and we’re extremely appreciative of the folks in Key West who went above and beyond to help us.”

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Matt Schaub vs Matt Leinart

Right now, the Houston Texans are being called the best team that no one talks about. Our conversations about the AFC generally swing to the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, or the Indianapolis Colts (well, not so much anymore with an 0-10 record). So what about Mario Williams? Brian Cushing? Matt Schaub? Elite football players? Perhaps. But Schaub, the most underrated Texans quarterback, just went out with a foot injury.

Schaub has passed for almost 2500 yards this season with a 61% completion percentage and a 96.8 passer rating. In other words, he’s good. His numbers rank just below Super Bowl winners’ Aaron Rogers and Drew Brees. On Sunday, however, Schaub injured the Lisfranc joint in his right foot while en route to a victory over Tampa Bay, 37-9. Waking up on Monday, the QB said the foot was ‘not visibly looking too good.’ Strange way to say it, but we understand.

So as one Matt steps aside (pardon the pun), another Matt waits in the wings. Matt Leinart, a Heisman Trophy winner out of USC, was a disaster quarterback in Arizona, where he replaced Kurt Warner and helped the Cardinals flatline in the NFC West. Jumping to the AFC means, quite possibly, Leinart’s last chance to be an NFL star. Fortunately, even if he plays poorly, the Texans are collectively playing with the #1 Defense in the league. That counts for something.

We’re pretty sure there won’t be a Matt vs Matt controversy at quarterback. When Schaub is healthy enough to come back, he will. At least for now.

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No Gore, No Matter

The last time Frank Gore started a game and ran for no yards was… well… never. The San Francisco 49ers star running back is what they call a work horse. And for the better part of the last decade, he’s been the only good thing going for the team. But now that they’re 8-1 and seriously in the hunt for a First Round Bye in the playoffs, Gore may not be as much of a factor because of a collection of lower body injuries.

On Sunday, Gore went down with a knee injury, saying that someone had ‘twisted’ him up. At the beginning of the year, in the only game San Francisco lost, Gore injured his right ankle against the Dallas Cowboys. If you recall, that was game when a broken-ribbed quarterback named Tony Romo decided to play through his pain, then led the ‘Boys on a game winning drive. But then, just a few weeks later, Gore injured his left ankle against the Washington Redskins. With two feet injured, the Niners’ work horse kept playing until the coaches simply wouldn’t let him back in.

Ultimately, for this game, it didn’t matter. Gore or no Gore, the Giants suffered a crushing defeat to the up-and-coming Niners. Kendall Hunter took over at running back, earning 40 yards on the ground. Fortunately, Alex Smith had a great game through the air, connecting with multiple receivers on key plays to win the game. If Gore can avoid any further injuries, his play from scrimmage might just take this team all the way to the Super Bowl.

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Preparing Thumbs for Ski Season

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Over the last couple of weeks, North America has seen its share of blurry snow days, reminding everyone that it’s about that time to strap on a pair of skis, drive up to the slopes, and take in a few hills. But as you get ready for ski season, it only makes sense that the Brace Shop might give you a few simple suggestions for avoiding those common, sometimes avoidable injuries.

While everyone knows about head and knee injuries, there’s one area of the body that often gets ignored in safety measures: the thumb. That’s right, the thumb.

Of course, if you’ve spent any time on the slopes, you’re familiar with something that professionals and amateurs call the Skier’s Thumb, a problem that leads to almost ten percent of all skiing accidents. Why does it happen? Well, when a skier falls and can’t seem to let go of their poles in the process of their fall, the thumb takes on a greater amount of physical stress than it may be familiar. Most of the time, this leads to a ligament tear that swells and bruises, which includes some very uncomfortable pain. Avoiding a Skier’s Thumb is simple, but it requires a little practice. Train yourself to let go of those poles quickly in a fall and you’ll learn to avoid that instinct of tensing up the hands.

Have fun this season. Just have fun safely.

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Miles from Dallas

The Buffalo Bills come to Dallas next week tied for second place in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys are sitting in second place over in the NFC East, quietly sneaking up behind the New York Giants who just won a thrilling victory over (who else?) the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Unfortunately, for the Cowboys, that climb to first place for Dallas may involve playing without star receiver Miles Austin, who went down with yet another hamstring injury.

To put into words the impact that Austin has for his time, fans can just look at the numbers. Even in a game where he went down and out, Austin caught two balls for 51 yards, meaning that he makes big plays, not small ones. Opponents always know they have to double and sometimes triple team his efforts to catch a long ball. If he can’t come back against the upstart Bills next week, Dallas may be looking to their on again, off again star quarterback, Tony Romo, hoping that he can make enough plays to other receivers. Fortunately for the Cowboys, Austin isn’t there only all pro receiver. Jason Witten (4 receptions, 76 yards on Sunday) and Dez Bryant (4 receptions, 71 yards on Sunday) could easily make a case for being the #1 or #2 receivers on the team.

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