Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple

“But I’m fine with being the soft, healthy guy.”

While I’m on my Debbie Downer run, make sure you read this piece about Chris Borland, who just retired at age 24 over health concerns.  In particular, this part:

Borland began at Wisconsin as a wedge buster on kickoffs, a task he compared to “bowling, but it’s people doing it.” After blowing up a wedge against Wofford, he couldn’t remember the rest of the game, including his own blocked punt, which led to a touchdown. That night, unable to eat, his head pounding, Borland had a teammate wake him up every few hours, fearing he’d lapse into a coma. He never told the coaches or trainers. That Monday, he was named co-Big Ten special-teams player of the week. “That’s one of those things where, when you step away from the game and you look at it, it’s like, ‘Oh my god,’ you know?” Borland says. “But it makes sense to you when you’re 18 and you’ve dedicated your life to it and the most important thing to you is to get a good grade on special teams.”

Near the end of his freshman year, Borland discovered Toradol, the controversial painkiller used widely in college and the pros. “It was life-changing,” he told the BU researchers, chuckling, when they took his medical history. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that Toradol should be used sparingly, for severe acute pain. Borland, who had shoulder surgery three times while at Wisconsin, said he would sometimes use the drug every other game.

Some of Borland’s teammates were worse off, and that concerned him more. Taylor, his close friend, was also one of the best linebackers in the nation, twice all-conference, a future pro. But it became harder and harder for Taylor to stay on the field. In 2011, he tore his meniscus on a blitz against Minnesota. The Monday after the game, he had knee surgery to remove half of it.

The next Saturday, with Wisconsin fighting for the Big Ten title, Taylor played against Illinois. “I remember that morning I was thinking, ‘This is f—ing stupid. What am I doing?’ ” he recalls. “They shot Toradol in my ass. And I remember covering up my knee with bandages, just so I couldn’t see blood. The first half was shaky for me. If you watch the game film, it’s like, ‘This dude should not be playing football.’ ”

Taylor says no one tried to stop him. “I think it was mostly my fault,” he says. “I was waiting for them to say, ‘Hey, you’re out of here. This is kind of sad. And not smart.’ But I was kind of in a position to dictate. I guess the coaches had trust in me.” He thinks he took another shot of Toradol at halftime.

Their coach?  Bret We have to protect student athletes to extremes we never thought of before Bielema.

The sanctimonious horse crap slays me every time.  So does the willful blindness.

Later, as the evening wound down, we asked Alvarez about Borland. He sounded slightly defensive. “It was never an indictment against football,” he said. “He just chose not to play, and I respect that decision. But there was never an indictment of football.”


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Rub some dirt on it and get back in there, kid.

Justin Scott-Wesley has a knee sprain and intends to gut it out.


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Leonard Floyd and three letters you don’t want to see.


Georgia junior linebacker Leonard Floyd, considered a top defensive player in the country, underwent an MRI earlier this week on his surgically repaired shoulder, according to a source.

Floyd, who missed the Belk Bowl in December and spring drills, was absent from practice Tuesday due to soreness, but the MRI revealed no damage. He’s expected to return before the season opener Sept. 5 against Louisiana-Monroe.

Maybe it’ll turn out to be nothing, but all things being equal, I’d rather not have to worry about him dealing with that.


UPDATE:  This is good news, though.


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I’ve been hurt, hurt, hurt…

First member of the walking wounded to miss a preseason practice… is Isaiah McKenzie.


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Tuesday morning buffet

In just a few short weeks college football returns, so I know you’ve got an appetite.


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“Size doesn’t always equate to strength.”

For those of you concerned about the run defense, particularly the run defense up the middle, Mark Richt wants you to pay no attention to players’ weights.

Richt acknowledged Monday night that the Bulldogs have slimmed down as a team for the 2015 season. Georgia players generally will play lighter this season across the board.

“We have trimmed up; there’s no doubt about it,” Richt said. “That goes back to Coach (Mark) Hocke, our strength coach, and the amount of running these guys are doing. We are not a fat team at all. … We are lighter than we’ve been for a while.”

During the Q&A portion of Monday night’s event, a fan wondered if that might hurt Georgia at the point of attack, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

“Just because you trim down doesn’t mean you lose strength,” Richt said. “Size doesn’t always equate to strength. Now it’s harder to move a bigger man, no doubt. But if the guy’s in greater condition and can play harder play-after-play, then you have a chance to sustain throughout the ball game.”

Sure hope there’s a lot more sustaining on the dive play this year, that’s for sure.  If I recall correctly, Herrera and Wilson had nineteen tackles apiece in the last Tech game.  Not exactly a recipe for stopping the run.


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“Ibuprofen and Aleve became my best friend…”

Amidst this Dennis Dodd work of praise for Missouri – certainly deserved, although “dominance of the SEC East” might be a bit of a stretch – we learn that Maty Mauk’s poor play last season may have been a result of injury.

Maty Mauk took the needle — several times — last season. Toward the end of 2014, his separated right shoulder ached so much, “Ibuprofen and Aleve became my best friend,” Mauk said.

The junior quarterback has plenty of excuses for last season, but he won’t use them. It looked like he wasn’t reading defenses properly or bolted from the pocket too quickly. He completed less than half his passes in SEC play.

But let’s be historically accurate. There was that shoulder dinged late against Georgia.

“Sitting in class and just having it dangling,” Mauk said, “It was just something that bothered you … It would be hard to get up for workouts on Sunday morning.”

At least Dodd’s not putting the blame for Mauk’s flame out against the Dawgs on his banged-up shoulder.  At least not totally.  So I guess compared to the excuses we heard after the Celebration, we’re making progress.  Of a sorts, anyway.


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