Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Enough is enough

What's your favourite NHL team?  How many of its players have missed games with "concussion-like symptoms" this season?  You know what concussion-like symptoms are?  A concussion. 

More and more it seems that players are going down with broken brains.  And even with Brendan Shanahan's new "stricter" rules for hitting players are still folding faster than Superman on laundry day.  It's time the NHL opened its old, bleary eyes and saw the truth:  the equipment is the problem with all the concussions.  But they don't want to admit that.  For what reason I don't know.  Maybe its because to do so would be an admittance that Don Cherry was right about something.  Cherry has been lobbying for years to remove the hard plastic from the elbow and shoulder pads, claiming it was the reason for the increase in injuries, specifically concussions. 

When you stop to think about it, it makes sense.  Wayne Gretzky wore almost nothing in the way of equipment, as did most players in those days.  You didn't hear of brain-rattling injuries back then. You wouldn't have had Sidney Crosby back in the line-up for 8 games after 10 months off, only to be out of the line-up again with "concusison-like symptoms", you wouldn't have had James Reimer out of the line-up for 2 months because teeny tiny Brian Gionta ran into him, and you wouldn't have Claude Giroux out for.........wait, his own player ran into him and kneed him in the back of the head?  Well there's nothing can be done about that.

The NHL says concussions are down 30% this season.  But the constant parade of players with head injuries suggests otherwise.

But what do I know?

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