SEC! SEC! SEC!
I’d love to see a Venn diagram of Share of Adults Missing Teeth and Share of Adults Marrying Cousins.
Something for everybody.
The shipment from Destin has arrived. Dig in.
Remember this comment from the spring?
(Tray) Matthews missed Saturday’s G-Day game after aggravating a hamstring injury, according to head coach Mark Richt. Matthews also missed five games last season because of hamstring problems.
“He’s had some chronic hamstring issues, which we probably need to re-evaluate what we’re doing with him,” Richt said after Saturday’s spring game. “And how we train him. I mean if there’s something going on. And he’s probably gotta take some ownership of it too. If you’ve got a deficit in some areas you might need to spend a little more time with flexibility stuff in the offseason than another guy would have to.”
Tray, help Mark Richt help you.
Partly in response to the injury issues of a year ago, Georgia football this offseason has “just started a program called Fusionetics,” Richt said last week.
It’s a way to perhaps reduce the risk of injuries in the fall with the way a player conditions now.
“What the players will have is a way on their own to work on some of their deficiencies and get them in balance better,” Richt said. “Our strength staff and our training staff are both on the same page on the type of exercises these guys need to do to get them in better balance where they can have less chance of injury. So that’s going to be a big thing.”
Obviously, this is more than just about Matthews. But it’s interesting to see Richt push some of the responsibility players’ way.
You still get hungry on a long holiday weekend, so here you go.
When it comes to long-term consequences, this story should scare the people in charge of college football even more than the concussion suits do.
“From a safety aspect, you can’t teach a kid everything he needs to know in two weeks,” said Chase Palmer, a school board member who played football at Marshall, referring to how long coaches had to get their seventh-grade teams ready before their first games.
However subtle, the change in thinking reflected in Marshall’s decision about football may signal trouble for the N.F.L. — and the sport more broadly. ESPN reported in November that participation in Pop Warner football declined nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2012. Every young athlete steered away from football contributes to a gradual erosion of the sport that is, by far, the most popular in the United States. This happened to boxing during the past several decades after it became associated with brain damage.
I’m sure the NCAA will get right on it.
On a more serious note from that Lorenzo Carter interview, you have to wonder what the coaches are telling the kids in Athens if they’re this blunt about it with the ones who haven’t stepped on campus yet:
What expectations do UGA’s coaches have for you this season? “They tell me I need to be ready to play. I need to get into shape. I think that’s a big problem up there right now, trying to get the players in shape so they can play fast for a long period of time. That’s what they let me know: That I’ve got to be ready to play fast.”
For once, it seems we’ll have a way to measure the summer happy talk. If we hear the players reacting positively to the way offseason conditioning comes off, their bodies won’t be able to lie about it.
Here’s to a chiseled August.