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Neurological hell

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NFL players are choosing early retirement. Is the future of football under scrutiny?
http://wapo.st/1xvFq9p

I LOVE football. Actually, I love the Seattle Seahawks, but I cringe each time a player gets pummeled in the head.

Brain superimposed on treeThe above Washington Post article suggests American football may some day fall away as a sport, similar to what happened to boxing.  Many years ago, I remember boxing being the sport that people gathered around their televisions to watch, whether at home or in the bars.  I can understand why nowadays most of us would rather not watch two people bash each other in the head; a head with virtually no protection in the boxing ring.  But even with all the sophisticated helmet and body gear covering football players on the field, players are still sustaining concussions that could sooner or later place them in neurological hell. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lighten up Mondays

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Metal SunThis entry is from the Washington Post, publishing the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.  I provide a few of those for you today.

  • Coffee (n): the person upon whom one coughs
  • Flabbergasted (adj): appalled over how much weight you have gained
  • Abdicate (v): to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach
  • Esplanade (v): to attempt an explanation while drunk
  • Willy-nilly (adj): impotent
  • Negligent (adj): describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown
  • Lymp (v): to walk with a lisp
  • Gargoyle (n): olive-flavored mouthwash
  • Flatulence (n): emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller
  • Balderdash (n): a rapidly receding hairline
  • Rectitude (n): the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists during an exam
  • Frisbeetarianism (n): the belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.