Here we are. it’s the Weekend and we’ll be Wondering.. like what the hell happened to the week? Take a minute, grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon/evening and let’s carry on. Let the leaves go, they’ll be there to rake tomorrow.
It’s October which means it is breast cancer awareness month. If you think about it, this disease affects a huge portion of people. Obviously 50% of the population would be in the “Risk” category. A huge proportion of males would also be affected since this disease can strike their mothers, sisters, daughters, etc. So, no, the impact of this disease is not local nor isolated.
Along similar lines, Ohio State is developing a new treatment for ovarian cancer, using the body’s viruses to target and kill cancer cells.
The virus then seeks out the cancer cells and attacks them, while leaving healthy cells alone. Dr. David Cohn, OSU Gynecologic Cancer Director said that he hopes the national trial not only proves Reolysin does a better job of treating patients like Bennett, but that it also makes treatment easier on them.
This is an example of the advantages of targeting cancer cells specifically rather than a general chemo-carpet bombing of the body.
On a related note, especially as well roll into the Winter Doldrums in a couple months, is weight control. It’s not a matter of aesthetics nor buying larger size clothes; there are profound health issues brought on by obesity. In addition to the coronary and diabetes health issues, there is also a cancer component to obesity.
Last week, one of our writers mentioned something along the lines of “expecting a coach to make positive decisions relative to the player/student”. Or something like that. That may be the expectation, but prepare to be disappointed..
Several years ago my son enrolled at an upstate NY D-III college and played on their football team. As ardent a weightlifter as he was, he had ‘sized out’ at 6′, 210 pounds. Even at that weight, I thought he was good sized. He played weak side defensive end/LB position, so he was a bit smallish, but not show-stopper small. After his sophomore year, his coach informed him that he would be red-shirted his junior year and should spend the year bulking up to a target weight of 230-240. Fortunately, the lad decided this was naturally not doable, hung up his cleats and moved on..
So, did his coach have my son’s interest at heart when he was artificially redshirted, in order to put on 20-30 pounds? No, not at all. This is an instance of a coach having one interest foremost in his mind; his own well-being. Players are a fungible entity to them, a plug and play situation. One player isn’t up to a scheme’s needs, no problem; shuffle him off and bring in someone else. This doesn’t even involve SEC’ish rolling players off scholarship; since it was D-III, no scholarships were in play.
Granted, this is a very limited sample size, so your mileage will vary, but our impressions are a function of our experiences. So how is this relevant? I’m a lot more open to using sports-related revenue to share the wealth with the players, particularly when it comes to ongoing treatment and compensation for players with athletic-caused injuries.
Let’s help Don Henley clean up his Dirty Laundry: