Category Archives: Science Marches Onward

At the intersection of recruiting and sexting

This ought to be fun.

For those of you who are even bigger social media tyros than I am, here’s what that means:

The photo messaging application allows users to take photos or videos and add text or drawing, then set an expiration for the message once it is opened. The service has been criticized in popular culture as a means to distribute explicit material, particularly for its part in the social phenomenon of sexting.

Can you say plausible deniability?  I thought you could.

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Filed under Recruiting, Science Marches Onward, The NCAA

Yukking it up at the coaches’ convention, part two

Meet Sandra Chapman, self-described football nut and a former Texas cheerleader, who may not be a doctor, but plays a concussion expert at conventions, evidently.

“The myth is that brain damage is permanent,” she said.

Early recognition of a concussion is crucial, she said, and then athletes must be given plenty of time to get better and avoid the risk of further concussion. Chapman suggested that coaches treat players with concussions not much differently than they would one with a broken ankle or torn ACL by keeping them sidelined. If so, the long-term problems associated with concussions can be avoided, she said.

“In the majority of cases, athletes fully recover after a concussion, given proper care,” Chapman said. “If you were to read the front pages, you would not believe this is true. But it is.”

Chapman didn’t downplay the risk of head injuries from playing football and said that she initially didn’t want her own son to play the game. But the benefits of football – including improved self-esteem, the lessons of teamwork and exercise – can’t be overlooked, she argued. Rather than a health risk, she called football “health-enhancing.”

“Most [concussions] come from car accidents, and we’re not getting rid of our cars, as you know,” she said.

She even has her own word.

On the other hand, it was a little curious to hear a neuroscientist tout health benefits of football such as making teenagers less likely to engage in other risky behaviors, less likely to become addicted to video games and encourage better sleep. She even talked about “brainomics” – her own word – which she defined as “the high economic cost if we don’t encourage youth to play team sports.”

Maybe one day there’ll be a Nobel Prize for brainomics.  In the meantime, please be careful when you drive.

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Filed under Science Marches Onward, The Body Is A Temple

Thursday morning buffet

Rise and shine, campers.

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Filed under College Football, Georgia Football, Science Marches Onward, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics

Wednesday morning buffet

Grab a plate and get to it.

  • I think this is what they mean by irony:  “The healthiest defensive back for Georgia right now is sophomore safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, who is suspended for the opener after admitting to police this spring that he had been smoking marijuana.”  Weed makes you strong!
  • Chad Morris promises Georgia 100% of Clemson’s playbook.
  • I wonder if anybody ever talks to Paul Johnson now the way Erk talked to Paul Johnson.
  • You’ve been warned:  Chris Fowler promises that ESPN will cover the Manziel story “just like we had to cover the investigation into Cam Newton at Auburn.”  Yech.
  • Al.com apologizes for being sexist in a football story it ran.  You wonder how many readers even noticed in the first place.
  • Maybe Al.com should have checked with Siri first.
  • Christian Robinson turned down a NFL camp invite to stay in Athens as a GA.
  • Here’s something else the Georgia offense was good at last season.

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Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, ESPN Is The Devil, Georgia Football, Georgia Southern Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Science Marches Onward, Stats Geek!, WOAH! It's Johnny Football!

This could change the Intertubes as we know them.

Now you can turn on your sarcasm meter.

French company Spotter has developed an analytics tool that claims to be able to identify sarcastic comments posted online.

It’s yours if you’re willing to pony up the £1,000 per month for the service.  No word on whether that figure was offered snarkily or not.  I guess you’ll have to rent Spotter to find out.

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Filed under Science Marches Onward, The Blogosphere

Friday morning buffet

You need nourishment.

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Filed under 'Cock Envy, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, Notre Dame's Faint Echoes, Science Marches Onward, SEC Football

Tuesday morning buffet

The line is open, so grab a plate.

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Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness, James Franklin Is Ready To Rumble, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, Science Marches Onward, SEC Football, The NCAA

Tuesday morning buffet

Sidle on up and grab you a plate.

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Filed under Academics? Academics., Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Big 12 Football, It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, Science Marches Onward, SEC Football, The NCAA, Whoa, oh, Alabama

Monday morning buffet

Go get a plate.

  • What cracks me up about this story isn’t that Tennessee cops can’t tell the difference between a marijuana leaf and the Ohio State symbol.  It’s that they think drug dealers are stupid enough to advertise their wares on their cars.
  • Georgia Tech’s participation in the last ACCCG had the effect on FSU ticket sales you might have guessed.  In other words, Chantastic!
  • Georgia announces a study into the long-term effects of high school football.
  • Bill Connelly kicks off the preseason review field with a look at newly minted D-1 member Georgia State.  Based on his piece, anybody wonder how soon GSU achieves parity with Georgia Tech?
  • “… of the 20 Georgia recruits that were rated as ’2′ or ‘No’ stars during the last 13 years, EIGHT of them were signed in Richt’s initial season of 2001.”
  • I’d find John Infante’s be-careful-what-you-wish-for take on the O’Bannon suit more persuasive if the NCAA weren’t so stubborn about trying to find some sort of reasonable settlement with the plaintiffs.
  • And in non-football (although I guess you could call it tailgating) news, the Maker’s Mark folks have their New Coke moment.

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Filed under General Idiocy, Georgia Football, Georgia State Football, Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, Science Marches Onward, The NCAA

Sunday morning buffet

Grab a plate and indulge yourself.

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Filed under Big 12 Football, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness, Political Wankery, Recruiting, Science Marches Onward, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics