Caroline Kirby
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9/25/14
11:55 AM
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Here's what I'd tell my younger self: You become stronger as you get older, but you also become more forgetful. You stop cataloguing everyone's crimes against your self-esteem. Read more

9/14/14
2:00 PM
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Oh OK, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't colossally misrepresenting the report. Yeah, there are definitely links - many studies have shown connections between dementia and aggression. It'll be interesting to see if there's a specific type of dementia and related behavioral changes that comes from concussions as Read more

9/14/14
1:46 PM
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Oh I wasn't drawing any cause/effect between domestic violence and concussions - or correlation either. This report didn't look at that specifically at all. I only mentioned DV because the NFL is getting a lot of attention for it right now and it's burying the fact that we're also watching people destroy their Read more

9/14/14
1:36 PM
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Thanks for the link to that study. We were discussing the issues of kids and football in another thread and it's a major concern. I'm sure further studies will look at that because it is cumulative — it's not as though these players are just plunked down into the NFL in their 20s. Read more

9/13/14
10:11 PM
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You're right, that was silly of me. Until that challenge, it was better known as Lou Gherigs so I left it. I'll add that above. Read more

9/13/14
9:45 PM
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I think a lot of people are going to feel that way as more evidence comes out. After all, how can you let your child play a sport that you know may lead to injuries that cause their brains to malfunction at a young age? But, like you, I'm still happy to watch other peoples' kids get slammed around on the field. Read more

9/13/14
8:25 PM
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thank you for laying this all out like this. So much focus is placed on cases where there are photos and videos, that I think people forget about the quiet abuse behind closed doors that is still endemic to the culture of the league.

9/13/14
8:11 PM
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I think this discussion focused on the NFL because of its popularity and because the pool of players is large enough to really examine. I expect with time it will be found to apply to many other sports. I'll check out that documentary. Read more

9/13/14
7:59 PM
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That's an interesting discussion I'm glad you brought up. As the risks of playing football become more apparent and undeniable, presumably parents will be more reluctant to let their children play. Read more

9/13/14
7:38 PM
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Another important statistic to keep in mind. I'm curious to see if future studies will look at the health impacts on high school and college players who don't go on to play professionally.

8/30/14
5:20 PM
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I have a lot of insane travel stories - breaks going out while careening down a mountain side, near misses with leopards, almost being arrested for smuggling what they thought was cocaine but was actually a soap stone fish - but I'll just go with one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. It happened in Egypt in Read more

8/21/14
9:29 PM
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This is a phenomenal response that fills in a lot of blanks. So why do you think other people have trouble accepting anti semitism? Do you think it's part of the model minority trope - that we assimilated so well it seems like the group isn't discriminated against any more? Read more

8/21/14
7:15 PM
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I grew up in NYC and went to college in the south and was always startled by the going to hell comments. People who genuinely cared about me, people I considered real friends, would take me out to dinner and say "I'm worried about you. You need to take Jesus into your heart." They mean so well. It's just baffling Read more

8/21/14
5:25 PM
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It is. But anti semitism is just not that out in the open in a lot of areas. I've never seen an anti-Jewish protest or swastika in NYC. I never had anyone suggest that being Jewish was anything but AOK so I never had any reason to suspect my community was discriminated against. This said as someone who grew up Read more