Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple

They pull me back in.

When it comes to Nick Chubb’s chances at playing early this season, decades of Georgia fandom reinforces every skeptical instinct I have about that, and yet here’s Seth Emerson tempting me to rise above my innate pessimism:

Nick Chubb’s health is really the biggest football story of Georgia’s spring so far. Yes, he’s only been taking carries in non-contact drills, tending only to run straight ahead. That’s a long way from being able to change direction and get tackled in a real game.

But it’s also a long way from a couple months ago, when merely no longer needing crutches was the story.

Tae Crowder, the redshirt sophomore, also appears to have taken advantage of more reps this spring, with Brendan Douglas (wrist) also limited, and starter Sony Michel protected. Smart has been worried about not having enough healthy bodies at tailback, but that’s a short-term problem. It’s looking more likely that he’ll have his star back in some limited form for the start of the season.

Must… resist… hope… argh.


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Friday morning buffet

Anyone hungry?

  • Another day, another athletic department in trouble with the Feds for something gender-based.
  • If anyone at Tennessee had a sense of humor, they’d let Fulmer present this award.
  • Jacob Eason, third-teamer.
  • Evidently we’re now at a point when Jim Harbaugh’s had enough “feuds” on Twitter that they can be ranked.
  • That probably explains why I’ve become jaded about stories like this.
  • I guess this stands as the highlight of Dylan Thompson’s career.
  • You a parent who’s worried about football and brain injury?  Well, Bruce Arians has some advice for you:  “people who say ‘I won’t let my son play it’ are fools.”  I guess that ends that discussion.
  • John Theus played through a rough season, physically speaking, last year.
  • And here’s a PSA (i.e., I have no financial interest in this) for those of you looking to find accommodations in Athens for G-Day.  Rent Like a Champion is a site that bills itself as a sort of “Airbnb, but with a primary focus on college football games”.  G-Day listings are here.  (BTW, if anyone uses the site, please report back here on your experience.)


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How can you tell when the risk of head injuries is a reality?

When you’ve got companies marketing themselves to provide special treatment to former NFL players with dementia.

The free market is speaking.  Clearly.


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The unsinkable Nick Chubb

I know I risk sounding obsessed, but five months ago how many of you would have expected to see this picture from the first day of spring practice?

Hell, forget five months ago… how about a week ago?

I would have loved to have seen the coaches’ reaction when Chubb said he was ready to practice yesterday.

The pessimist in me wants to doubt he’ll be ready by the opener, but at this point, I wouldn’t put money on it.  Just amazing.


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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.


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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?


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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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