Aaron Hernandez had ‘Severe CTE’

Today it came out that Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE. Yahoo came out with the most comprehensive and interesting read of anyone that I saw.

Aaron Hernandez, who arrived in Gainesville at 17 and the NFL at 21, the youngest player in the league, a guy who suited up in just 84 college and professional games, had the brain of a 67-year-old man when he hung himself at the end of a prison bed sheet.

Maybe the why has finally been answered with Hernandez; the questions for the game of football are just beginning, though.

Basically, the narrative is that this is another bad look for the NFL and the future of the game. I have to say; I attend these Friday Night High School games and I sit and wonder about my one year old son; would I want him out there? I am 95% that I wouldn’t allow it, no matter how much he begs.

When I began this blog, even a few years after beginning this blog; these things would have never crossed my mind. But I think huge changes are coming to the game still. And the layers of the onion continue to get peeled away in regards to football and traumatic brain injuries.

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Thursday Night Thriller

[Rams 41, 49ers 39]
[Pro Football Talk]

Week three of the NFL in 2018 got off to a wild but exciting and entertaining start. The Niners covered for you Vegas side backers. The Rams won – as they should have. Jared Goff had another great game. Sammy Watkins as a Ram worked.

This game didn’t figure to be entertaining. In fact, I woke up this morning complaining about the match-up. I like Thursday night football, but often the two teams playing leaves much to be desired. This felt like it would be a slogging, low-scoring game. The total of the game was set at 40. They scored 80.

The fans weren’t going to turn out was the headline I read – and they really didn’t.

Pierre Garcon balled out. Brian Hoyer made plays. Carlos Hyde ran his ass off. This was actually really good, entertaining, fun television for a night.

Sean McVay and Brian Schottenheimer combined to be the two youngest NFL head coaches to ever face each-other. And man did their two teams put on a show. The Rams are 2-1, and the Niners are 0-3; even if they hung in until the end and deserved to maybe take this one.

Raiders dominate Jets in Oakland

[Raiders 45, Jets 20]
[Derek Carr Highlights]

The Raiders are looking like the team that could challenge the New England Patriots in the AFC; and they’re going to be in for a helluva fight against the Kansas City Chiefs when these two teams meet. They meet October 19th in Oakland and December 10th in Kansas City.

On this day – a day that allowed the Raiders to begin a season 2-0 for the first time since 2002 – Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree was the feature.

Marshawn Lynch was just used in a complimentary role, getting 12 carries. Right now, the Raiders look more like a team with a ton of weapons that are a ton of fun to watch.

They’re going to be taking on the Redskins in Washington on Sunday Night Football this coming Sunday.

Dallas Dominated by Denver 42-17 in Week Two


[Denver 42, Dallas 17]
[Dak TD to Dez Bryant] [Dak Prescott TD to Witten]

First Things First:

Skip Bayless:

Colin Cowherd says Dallas will be okay (without a deep threat):
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Cowherd: Prescott saved Dallas from being Irrelevant

Dak Prescott faces a tough Denver defense on Sunday at 4:25 ET. Cowherd picks the Cowboys -2 to win and cover.

In three career starts against top-10 defenses in his career, Dak Prescott is 3-0 with five touchdowns and zero interceptions.

It’s going to be a really interesting test and measuring stick for this Cowboys team at high-altitude in Denver late Sunday.