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.


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):

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.