Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple

Nick Chubb isn’t an ordinary mortal.

Jeebus, he’s not human.

Chubb has started doing some cutting, rather than just straight-ahead running, since spring break. He began walking on his own last December, a couple months after requiring knee surgery to repair multiple ligament tears.

There’s a “you gotta walk before you can cut” joke in there somewhere.  Three freakin’ months!

Honestly, my first thought after reading about his injury last year was that he’d never play this season and be somewhat tentative starting out in 2017.  At this point, though, I’m at the stage where nothing would surprise me.


UPDATE:  Chip Towers goes bold and predicts Chubb will play in the opener.  I’ll predict if that’s the case, the Georgia Dome will be totally nuts when he steps on the field.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

Suddenly, a direct link

You tell me, but this strikes me as a rather major concession:

In perhaps its clearest admission that football can cause degenerative brain disease, the N.F.L.’s top health and safety official admitted Monday that there was a link between the sport and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease found in dozens of retired players.

In a round-table discussion on Capitol Hill, Jeff Miller, the N.F.L.’s senior vice president for health and safety policy, was asked by Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, whether “there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders like C.T.E.”

“The answer to that is certainly, yes,” Miller said.

Needless to say, that’s a rather abrupt turn the NFL has made.  And that’s in the face of ongoing litigation.

In a letter sent early Tuesday morning to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which is considering the players’ appeal, Steven Molo, their lawyer, said Mr. Miller’s comments on Capitol Hill are “a stark turn from its position before the district court,” when the N.F.L. relied on experts to dismiss the significance of Dr. McKee’s research.

“The N.F.L.’s statements make clear that the N.F.L. now accepts what science already knows: a ‘direct link’ exists between traumatic brain injury and C.T.E. Given that, the settlement’s failure to compensate present and future C.T.E. is inexcusable.”

So how long can Mark Emmert and the schools whistle in the dark about this?


Filed under See You In Court, The Body Is A Temple

Chip Towers has some tasty Kool-Aid you can sample.

Damn it, man, I’m trying to keep my optimism about Nick Chubb in perspective and you come rolling along with this:

According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn PCL “typically takes six to 12 months.” There will have been 349 days  — or 10 months and 24 days — passed from the time Chubb went down in Knoxville and Georgia kicks off against North Carolina on Sept. 3rd.

There was also this from the AOSSM: “Although (rehabilitation) is a slow process, a commitment to therapy is the most important factor in returning.”

There are a couple of key words in that statement: “Typical” and “commitment to therapy.” Anyone who has witnessed anything Chubb has done would not apply the word “typical” to any of it. Any kid his size (5-10, 220) who squats 585 pounds like he was stopping to pick up a quarter is anything but typical.

And while UGA has been noticeably guarded and cryptic with its information regarding a specific timeline for Chubb’s return, enough people with direct knowledge his recovery have attested that it is going exceedingly well to believe that it is. He is said to have practically taken up residency in the Bulldogs’ training facility since his rehabilitation began three weeks after surgery. If one of the factors to successful recovery from such an injury is hard work, Chubb should meet that criteria, and then some…

Meanwhile, comments from Chubb and his inner circle, though similarly cryptic, continue to be positive. Whenever he is asked about it in public, Chubb just says “doing real good” and flashes that trademark grin. Asked recently about Chubb possibly getting back in time for the first game, his father Henry Chubb said, “Nick is doing very well. Working very hard. Hopefully he’ll be back.”

So while we really don’t know, there is mounting evidence that Chubb will be back in business this fall, and subtle indications it could be earlier rather than later.

Wouldn’t it be incredibly exciting to see Chubb suited up and ready to go in the opener… MUST… STOP… FEELINGS.

To be a Georgia fan over the past few seasons is to know disappointment.  Which isn’t to say I’m not keeping my fingers crossed, or refusing to believe if there’s anyone with the work ethic to overcome a serious knee injury in good time, it’s Nick Chubb.  I’m not gonna set a timetable on his comeback, though.  Let’s just leave things at get well as soon as you can, Nick.


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Just when you thought the NCAA couldn’t get any more NCAA-ish…

The Ivy League, as you’re probably aware, has taken the step of cancelling live tackling in practices during the season to cut down on the risk of player injury.  One of the motivating factors for that was the experience Columbia University’s football team has had using a mechanized tackling dummy in practice – something it’s been doing for five years.

Buddy Teevens told Dan Patrick on air this morning that his program hasn’t tackle live during practice in five years and he and his staff have turned that into part of their recruiting pitch, telling recruits that they will “never tackle one of their teammates in their four of five years on campus” . Last year, Teevens made a splash with the introduction of Dartmouth’s Mobile Virtual Player (MVP), a groundbreaking mobile pop-up dummy that can simulate a ball carrier, or a second level defender for offensive lineman to practice their cut blocks on.

When I saw Teevens speak at the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association a few weeks ago as part of the Practice Like the Pros speaking circuit, he said when he first told his defensive coordinator of the no-tackling policy he looked back at him like he was crazy.

It didn’t take long for him to see the benefits though. Teevens told Dan Patrick and his crew that after their first season implementing the changes, missed tackles at Dartmouth dropped “literally 50%.” Let that sink in for a second. No live tackling, only dummies, and immediate results. Think of how much better your program would have been last season if you could have cut your missed tackles in half.

When asked if they practice tackling at Dartmouth, Teevens responded, “We do. A lot of high schools do a wonderful job, but to hone skills and keep them sharp. The hard thing is, it’s the most injurious skill on the football field, and it is practiced the least as a result.”

“By doing it with bags, we become a lot more consistent, and a lot more confident by player. And actually, the first season we went to this we dropped our missed tackles literally 50%. We cut them in half.”

Better safety and better fundamentals?  How great is that?

Pretty great, except for one thing.  It’s an NCAA rule violation.

But after our piece ran yesterday, it was brought to our attention that, by our interpretation, the NCAA has stated using Dartmouth’s MVP or anything of the sort is unethical.

Page FR-10 of the 2015 NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations book (download a free PDF here) details “Coaching Ethics.” The section header reads:

“Deliberately teaching players to violate the rules is indefensible. The coaching of intentional holding, beating the ball, illegal shifting, feigning injury, interference, illegal forward passing or intentional roughing will break down rather than aid in the building of the character of players. Such instruction is not only unfair to one’s opponent but is demoralizing to the players entrusted to a coach’s care and has no place in a game that is an integral part of an educational program.”

The section then outlines unethical practices, point by point. Point A discourages teams from changing players’ numbers during a game to deceive the opponent. Point B outlaws using the helmet as a weapon.

Point C reads, “Using a self-propelled mechanical apparatus in the teaching of blocking and tackling.”

You literally can’t make that shit up.

Football Scoop has reached out to Rogers Redding for an explanation, and I, for one, can’t wait to hear it.


Filed under The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA

“At this stage in their careers, these guys know how to hit and take a hit.”

The Ivy League is about to take the unprecedented step of eliminating all full-contact hitting from practices during the regular season.  The really interesting thing here is that the decision to do so isn’t being imposed from on high by school presidents.

Instead, the eight Ivy League coaches unanimously approved the measure last week.

It’ll be interesting to see if this is the start of a larger trend.


Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple

Nick Chubb and a measure for success

Pithy observation of the day“If you’re a Georgia fan, as long as the word setback is nowhere near in any reporting about Chubb, consider it good news.”

Amen to that.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

Nick Chubb’s gonna Nick Chubb.

Not bad for a gimp.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple