Monthly Archives: December 2011

Brady Quietly Hides From Scrutiny

At this point in his career, there’s no denying that Tom Brady is the closest thing to a reincarnation of Joe Montana. He has three Super Bowl Championships (even though he’s played in four and only lost that perfect season on a crazy, cinderella pass from Eli Manning to David Tyree), two Super Bowl MVPs, seven Pro Bowls, and two NFL MVPs. Brady has been called the Sportsman of the Year (2005) and the Male Athelete of the Year (2007), all while he continues to chip away at record after record. At 34, the star quarterback isn’t finished competing for another championship (lest we remind our readers that both Montana and Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw have won four Super Bowls each).

But right now, even with a lock on the first seed in the AFC, New England is trying their darndest to keep Brady’s shoulder injury on the hush hush. Stacey James, spokesman for the Patriots, has been very testy on the issue. “If there was an injury, it would be on the injury report,” he said on Thursday. Ouch. Most people would have simply said, “yes” or “no” to the question of whether his shoulder was really injured.

If Brady is actually hurt, he can thank division opponent Kevin Burnett (Miami Dolphins) who drilled his shoulder into the ground with just a couple of minutes left in the game last Sunday. If healthy this week against the Bills, Brady has the potential to surpass the exact same record that Drew Brees just achieved last week: most passing yards in the regular season. Marino set the record at 5,084 in 1984, Brees reached 5,087 on Sunday, and Brady is just a little over 100 yards from both quarterbacks.

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Owens Tweets, Willis Returns

This week, the San Francisco 49ers released Braylon Edwards and left open a gaping hole in their receiving core. With the 2nd Seed of the NFC almost locked up, the loss of Edwards (even though he was injured) is tricky. Quarterback Alex Smith has a good arm and needs help if the Niners plan to make any distance in the playoffs.

Knowing the sudden need in San Francisco, fans were awkwardly shocked when an out-of-nowhere receiver decided to ‘tweet’ his interest to the team: T.O. Aka… the I-go-from-team-to-team-and-burn-bridges Terrell Owens. Coach Jim Harbaugh is not likely to risk the positive attitude his Niners have right now by putting a wild card receiver on the team. Not to mention, a receiver who already played in San Francisco only to diss his quarterback at the time (Jeff Garcia) and eventually play for the team’s greatest nemesis: the Dallas Cowboys. Along the way, Owens played for Philadelphia, Buffalo and Cincinnati, showing his lack of staying power. Harbaugh is in the process of building a team that he wants to compete for years to come and Owens is a temporary bad apple. Not exactly the kind of team-building option the Niners need right now.

With all that in mind, Alex Smith might only need to play safe through the playoffs. San Francisco’s defense is playing better than any other group in the NFL. And this week, Harbaugh is considering the possibility of letting Patrick Willis return after his right hamstring injury a few weeks ago. The reason? If the Niners can shut down the St. Louis Rams during the final week of the regular season on Sunday, they will earn a second round bye and a much needed week of rest. One less team to fight in the playoffs means one week closer to the Super Bowl and a chance to compete for their sixth title.

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The Goodbye Paputok

New Years’ Eve is one of those rare moments in the year when almost everyone on the planet celebrates both the beginning and end of something special. Generally, of course, this comes with the explosion of a few fireworks. Last July, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published a report about any and all recorded fireworks-related injuries or deaths in 2010.

According to the study, fireworks sent approximately 8,600 people to an emergency room that year. Approximately 65% were male, 35% were female, and 40% were children. 17% of the reported injuries came from illegal fireworks while another 53% came from unspecified fireworks (most likely with firecrackers they weren’t supposed to be using). The most commonly injuried parts of the body in 2010 were hands and fingers as a result of burns or lacerations. And yes, at least three people were said to have died from injuries related to a fireworks celebration.

In the Philippines, health officials have decided to be proactive about minimizing fireworks injuries. Except that they’ve set their goals fairly high for next year. No more fireworks injuries next year at all. Zero.

How, you ask? Easy. By insisting (ahem, ‘campaigning’) that citizens get a 5 minute and 20 second ‘Goodbye Paputok’ CD, which plays some of the loudest and most exciting sounds of the traditional fireworks celebration. Paputok is the Filipino word for ‘explosion’ or ‘firework’ and the ‘Goodbye’ CD is a national attempt to end all serious injuries. Unfortunately for many, this would mean converting from the physical experience of watching fireworks to simply hearing them through headphones on an mp3 player (sort of). As the 12th most populous nation in the world, the Philippines may not have the injury numbers of the United States, but they certainly have made an attempt at minimizing the danger of fireworks within their borders.

Whether you choose to light, watch or listen to fireworks this year, the Brace Shop would like to extend the best wishes for a safe and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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A Model of Christmas Shopping

At this point you just have to smile. You were too busy to finish decorating the house, but Uncle Joe and Aunt Carol showed up early for their annual visit. You started making brownies on Monday night, but forgot they were in the oven when Alex Smith ran up the gut for a 10 yard gain on Pittsburgh (the smell of burning chocolate sent you running back to the kitchen). You’ve been excited about the Bulls-Lakers match up set for Christmas Day (finally, right!), but realized that Kobe Bryant has a torn wrist ligament, meaning that Chicago will probably run away with a victory.

Welcome to Christmas 2011. Tis the season for endless Republican primaries, Congressional gridlock, and a looming rise in the payroll tax all set for January (around the time we’re paying off those presents we bought). But don’t tell the world’s most beautiful model that she should stay home and sulk – even if she does have a neck injury. Some models are absolutely fearless.

That’s right. Welsh bombshell, Imogen Thomas, was willing to prove that she’s not always so stunning to look at. With a neck brace and vaccuum we can only assume she bought as a gift (so much for the surprise!), here’s a girl who isn’t afraid to brave the mayhem of Christmas shopping and still keep a smile on her face. Well, a little bit at least.

While you might find this December to be a little rough, if you’re anything like Thomas, things can always look better. Ahem. Make that a lot better.

From all of us at the Brace Shop, we’d like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season with family and friends.

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No More Cell Phones While Driving?

That’s right. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is seriously urging lawmakers to consider the possibility of a ban on all personal electronic devices for anyone behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. That would include the use of any ‘hands free’ phones, making it very possible that an officer could, hypothetically, pull you over for talking while driving (that is, if they see your lips moving and no one in the passenger seat). Sound extreme? Perhaps, but not necessarily.

Since the dawn of the small, cellular phone (aka, less than 20 years ago), portable devices have become more interesting and certainly more distracting. Where they were once used to simply call mom and let her know you’ll be home for Christmas, it’s now almost impossible to walk down any street in the United States without seeing roughly 90% of the people walking while checking their email, visiting a website, or texting a friend on this handy-dandy little gadget. Oh, the temptation! Oh, the addiction!

With so many of us already sucked into the vaccuum of 24/7 phone usage, it’s hard to imagine putting down the phone for 20 minutes on the way home from work. Put my phone down for 20 minutes? Never! But proponents of this type of legislation argue that the percentage of car accidents would diminish drastically if more drivers were obligated to watch the road instead of trying to check scores on the latest game while moving 80 mph down the interstate. Laws are always intended for the public good and if the NTSB has its way, we all might have to rethink how important our 24/7 addictions to the phone really are. Putting them down for a little while, especially in traffic, might just do the world a favor.

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What Ever Happened to Favre?

Little more than a year ago, the Brace Shop published an article about Brett Favre, who ended his 297 consecutive starts record and had to watch his Minnesota Vikings play from the sideline. At the time, Favre had a sprain to his sternoclavicular joint (neck/shoulder), which not only impacted his ability to throw, but also affected the feeling in his hands and arms. As usual, commentators and football fans spent the entire offseason discussing whether Favre would come back and play for yet another year, delaying the inevitable retirement that almost everyone in the NFL wanted him to take. Well, Favre didn’t come back and the football gods were finally able to rest.

Then just a couple of weeks ago, there was chatter in Texas about having the Texans bring him in to replace the injured Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart. That conversation faded just in time for rumors to begin in Chicago. Quarterback Jay Cutler went out with a thumb injury, leaving the once sure playoff bound Bears to rely almost entirely on the arm of Caleb Hanie (and the unbelievable defense of Brian Urlacher). Fast thinking Head Coach Lovie Smith seemed to be hoping that Cutler would be back in time for the playoffs is his team had a star quarterback to at least keep them from losing their spot in the postseason. But alas, neither the rumors in Texas or the Rumors in Illinois are true, if we are to believe the words of Favre himself, whose personal website says the following:

“In spite of reports about playing with various teams, I’m enjoying retirement with my family and have no plans to play football. I haven’t contacted nor have been contacted by any teams and all reports are inaccurate.”

And that’s what happened to Brett Favre. He actually stopped and started relaxing that shoulder.

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Iraq War Quietly Comes to an End

When the Senator Obama campaigned for president in 2008, one of the most notable positions he held was that of opposing the War in Iraq. Upon taking office, whether he had loved or hated the conflict, the war was now his end. Former President Bush had already agreed to fully withdraw troops from the country, leaving Obama to simply put his final stamp of approval on that agreement in December of 2011. Now that time has come.

On Monday, the president greeted Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and gave a short speech regarding this, the final withdrawal of troops.

“This is a season of homecomings and military families all across America are being reunited for the holidays. In the coming days, the last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq with honor and with their heads held high. After nearly nine years, our war with Iraq ends this month.

“This is a historic moment. A war is ending. A new day is upon us. And let us never forget those who gave us this chance: the untold numbers of Iraqis who have given their lives; more than 1 million Americans – military and civilian – who have served in Iraq; nearly 4,500 fallen Americans who gave their last measure of devotion; tens of thousands of wounded warriors; and so many inspiring military families. They are the reasons that we can stand here today. We owe it to every single one of them – we have a moral obligation to all of them – to build a future worthy of their sacrifice.”

Regardless of our politics, Americans stand united in appreciation of the men and women who have given and continue to give their lives with no thought for their own interests. These are the individuals who represent the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Even with an INT, Jets’ Safety is OUT for the Season

If the season ended today, the AFC playoffs would be represented by Pittsburgh, New England, Cincinnati, Houston, Baltimore, and Denver. The Titans, Raiders, and New York Jets would be on the outside looking in. Fortunately for each of these three last competitors, the season does not end today. That means every game, every point, and every yard counts from here to the final whistle in the last game of regular season regulation.

In New York on Sunday, the Jets’ game against Kansas City was almost laughable (at least that’s what one writer called it). There were so many penalties called against the Chiefs that even the head coach got a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. In other words, the Jets played great, the Chiefs played horribly, and all should be mean and green for New York ‘football’ fans. Not the case.

Safety Jim Leonhard intercepted the Chiefs QB Tyler Palko before the end of the half on a route that was meant for wideout Steve Breaston. Leonhard went up for the INT, Breaston grabbed his leg in the air, then he landed sharply on the turf. Walking to the sideline, Leonhard slowly went down and had to be helped off the field by his trainers. Fans in the stands took a deep breath. Yeah! for the interception, they thought, but Oh No! for the rest of the regular season. Word has it that Leonhard is out for at least the next three weeks. After that, who knows? Monday, he’ll undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury to his right knee. Some are saying ACL; others aren’t sure.

Turns out, Leonhard is at his best when the playoffs are on the line. Without him, even with a win against the Chiefs, this might be it for the Jets.

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Star NC Wrestler Paralyzed

No one who competes as an athlete ever wants to imagine that their activities will lead to a devastating injury; let alone an injury that will disrupt the rest of their lives. In the case of Luke Hampton, a senior wrestler from Alleghany High School, such an unexpected tragedy is exactly what happened.

Hampton is a Class A1 wrestler, which essentially ranked him among the most elite athletes in the state of North Carolina. During a match last Saturday, he was moving in against his opponent and went head first into a nearby padded wall. When he fell to the mat, coaches were sure he must have just knocked himself unconscious, but they were terrified to realize he had no physical movement from the neck down.

On coach said of the incident, “When I saw it, I thought maybe a concussion or he just hit his head. Right when I got to him, I knew immediately it wasn’t good.”

His C5 and C6 vertebrae were crushed in the collision, making it virtually impossible to restore feeling to limbs that had now become disconnected from the central line of the nervous system. Hampton was transported to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA, where doctors are hoping to give him every possible chance of recovery. Friends and family call the boy a fighter in more ways than one. If there is a chance to walk again, they argue, Hampton will find a way.

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Niners Limp Into the Playoffs, Literally

When the San Francisco 49ers took the field at Candlestick Park on Sunday, they knew the playoffs were one game away: win and they were in. So when they walked off the field that afternoon after shutting out the St. Louis Rams 26-0, they had the win, they had the playoffs, and the coach got his traditional gatorade bath. Unfortunately, their all-star linebacker and leading tackler was limping.

Patrick Willis has seen the Niners go through their share of tough seasons. And like running back Frank Gore on the other side of the ball, Willis has continued to thrive even when the rest of his team faced defeat after defeat. This year, he has dominated on defense with more than 90 tackles, helping to limit opponents to an average of 14 points per game and no more.

But Willis strained his hamstring during the shutout of St. Louis. And that’s bad news. No. That’s terrible news. For now, San Francisco is playing fairly good on offense, producing a competitive scoring ratio from week to week. But for the defense to play without him is a bit like watching the Baltimore Ravens play without Ray Lewis. It amounts to ripping the heart out of a defense.

Right now, the San Francisco 49ers are into the playoffs for the first time in nine years and they’ll have to do some soul searching if they’re going to try and keep up with the perfect and seemingly unbeatable Green Bay Packers. With four games left in the regular season and the NFC West already clinched, perhaps Willis will benefit from having a few weeks off in preparation for the playoffs.

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