Posted on 07 May 2012.
Tom The Bomb Valledolmo, newjerseynewsroom.com racing correspondent and professional handicapper, continued his amazing run in the Triple Crown series by picking the Kentucky Derby winner for the third straight year when he not only tabbed I’ll Have Another, the $32 winner Saturday, but the $306 exacta with second-place finisher Bodemeister as well.
Watch for more of his expert insights and opinions on the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in the coming weeks right here on NewJerseyNewsroom.com.
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Posted in Horse Racing, Top Stories
Posted on 07 May 2012.
BY ADELE SAMMARCO
NFL football great, Harry Carson, and Meridian Neuroscience spokesperson, made a surprise visit Thursday to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
With a charismatic style all his own, the former New York Giants team captain visited stroke patients and popped in on Edison native Ken Kramer in his hospital room.
The 54-year-old-fitness enthusiast suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage while lifting weights Monday.
“I’m lucky to be alive,” said Kramer to his relieved wife and an empathetic Carson.
Carson had one of the longest and distinguished careers in football history, playing 13 years with the New York Giants. The former linebacker was captain for 10 of his 13 seasons, including the 1986 season when the Giants won Super Bowl XXI.
Violence on the playing field has left its mark on Carson.
“When I was playing football, I played with concussions. Back then, we called it getting your bell rung or getting dinged. It was typical of that time. We all played with head injuries and we all just dealt with it. But now we are seeing the by-product of brain injuries,” Carson told me in an exclusive one-on-one interview inside Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
Carson also said he was a mentor to 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who helped the San Diego Chargers reach the 1995 Super Bowl and the New England Patriots reach the 2008 Super Bowl.
“We played the same position.” said a somber Carson of his friend.
Seau was found dead in his Oceanside, Calif., home by his girlfriend Wednesday, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police are investigating it as a suicide.
Suicide is a subject that closely touches Carson’s heart.
Carson vividly remembers thinking about taking his own life and driving off the Tappan Zee Bridge early in his career in the 1980s.
What stopped him were thoughts of his young daughter and leaving her without a father.
“I knew years ago that there would come a point in time where, whether it was transitioning to the game, or there would be guys having these neurological issues, that players were going to be committing suicide,” Carson said.
“I knew how I felt as a player, having those thoughts of suicide, and you’re going through something, and it’s like you can’t really explain what you’re dealing with, and it’s neurological,” he said.
Life after a glamorous NFL football career can sometimes be a hard road to navigate for retired players who sustain traumatic head injuries.
“You have these deep bouts of depression, and people think you’re depressed because you’re not playing anymore. You’re depressed because you’re having neurological issues that are very difficult to describe. “There’s no way to make the game any safer,” says Carson. “Parents should be aware of what their kids are getting into. It’s vicious and we cannot change the game. People want the hits. It’s still the same game, but players today are bigger and stronger and there is more emphasis on head injuries than when I was playing the game.”
Exceptionally strong players like Seau may have become casualties of a highly-physical contact sport … perhaps someone who possibly took one too many hits to the head throughout his extensive career.
A year ago, researchers at Boston University released a report on the autopsy of Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson, who shot himself in the chest months before, an eerie similarity to Seau’s demise.
Junior Seau is the eighth member of the San Diego Chargers’ 1994 Super Bowl team to die before the age of 50.
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Posted on 18 April 2012.
BY MIKE TULLY
All those Titanic movies over the weekend got me thinking about hitting golf balls.
That may sound like an odd connection to make, until you see those passengers standing on the stern, hundreds of feet above the ocean, just before the ship goes down.
They are doing anything they can to put off their fate. They are climbing, hanging on, praying. They are desperate.
This level of desperation made me think of hitting golf balls, or of playing the piano, or of juggling, anything where people must practice to improve.
In my work as a coach, I see people practice all the time. Many of them work hard. They follow a blueprint, listen to feedback, even work up a sweat. There’s just one thing they don’t do: Practice with desperation.
They practice without hunger or any sense that time is short. It is. Their weeks, months and years pass quickly, leaving only so much time in which to develop skill.
What if you could practice with this sense of desperation? What if you could bring an incredible sense of urgency to each day? Perhaps this is what basketball legend John Wooden had in mind when he said, “Make each day a masterpiece.”
Instead, we see only glimpses of desperation. It’s on display every Sunday during football season, when teams try to accomplish things in the last two minutes that it could not in the first 58.
That’s when they realize, just as the passengers on the Titanic did, that time is growing short.
Don’t wait for the ship to sink or for the two-minute warning!
Get desperate now.
Mike Tully just published “The Improvement Factor: How Winners Turn Practice into Success,” available on Amazon. He blogs at www.totalgameplan.com.
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Posted on 17 April 2012.
PDF OF THE NFL SCHEDULE DOWNLOAD HERE
The NFL announced today its 17-week, 256-game regular-season schedule for 2012, which kicks off on Wednesday night, September 5 and concludes on Sunday, December 30 with 16 division games.
The season begins with the NFL’s annual primetime kickoff game. The opener on September 5 on NBC (8:30 PM ET) will feature the defending-champion New York Giants hosting the division-rival Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. In a format introduced in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the NFL season opener.
Posted in NFL, Top Stories