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Badgers deserve credit for scheduling Alabama

Thursday, Sep, 3 2015

Even the most casual Badger fan is aware of the tall order facing Wisconsin's football program this Saturday night. Paul Chryst's squad travels to Arlington, Texas for a date with Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide -- winners of three national championships since 2009 and the unquestioned best FBS program over the last six years. While this game has the makings of a 'Bama beat-down for a variety of reasons, including Wisconsin's difficulty with injury this off-season, we should note that Barry Alvarez and the department deserve praise for having the guts to schedule such a game. When this contract was struck over two years ago, the Badgers were hopeful they'd be in a better place at this point in time. Gary Andersen was a fresh new face and fans were hopeful he might be able to achieve what Bret Bielema could not -- mainly get to and WIN a big game. Unfortunately, things didn't pan out the way they had hoped and while Wisconsin is by no means "down," they likely aren't in position to take down a perennial giant like Alabama. That said, Wisconsin is taking the correct approach in viewing this as an opportunity, and who knows ... maybe Paul Chryst has a little of that magic that made fans fall in love with him as offensive coordinator just three years ago. On Wisconsin!

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NFL already threatened by Concussion movie

Wednesday, Sep, 2 2015

It's interesting that on the same week we get our first look at the soon-to-be released film Concussion starring Will Smith, I also receive a barrage of NFL-issued propaganda suggesting just how safe they believe the game to be. Of course, they present a number of statistics and anecdotes designed to convince us that football has never been safer or healthier in terms of participation, but it's all just too convenient. I don't believe many films through time have completly altered the way we look at certain societal issues (although examples do exist), but it's obvious the NFL is, at the very least, anxious to find out what effect this particular movie will have on the general public. Five years ago, few of us had ever heard of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, but here we are now discussing its medical merits and whether it presents a legitimate threat to the game as we know it. While I tend to believe no level of counter-NFL propaganda will ever prevent people from watching on Sundays, presenting this threat as real could very well curb participation amongst youth -- and ultimately that could mean a slower, more drawn out death of America's favorite game. Of course, only time will with any of this but there's no question the NFL feels just a least bit threatened and this will undoubtedly lead to some interesting discussions pertaining to health in the near and distant future.

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