Stunt Granny Audio: OHPA 2

Ken & Kevin are back for another week of cherry picked topics. They kick off the show by talking about twenty dollar bills and Andrew Jackson. How did Jackson get on the twenty dollar bill? What was his job before becoming president? Did that lead to some of his decisions while in the White House? What exactly were his decisions in the White House that makes some people want to pull Jackson off of the twenty? The article suggests putting Harriet Tubman on the twenty which leads to the question, how many non-Presidents are on dollar bills? Are other famous historical figures more popular on coins? Ken & Kevin move from famous heads on bills to headers in soccer. How dangerous are they? Did research into them start with the National Football League’s recent round of concussion related problems? The main point of the article was to stop children to heading the ball. What’s an appropriate age to allow people to head the ball? Will that save players from suffering from CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy? Would it be possible to ban headers from the professional game if the links the study talks about become too strong? The third random topic of the week was about the bit coiner inventor finally being found after years of being anonymous. How much is he worth? How much of it is he spending? How easily did the reporter find the inventor when he was so well known amongst a bunch of snoops online? Kevin starts to wrapping up the show by asking Ken three questions from WWE Trivia Mania. Kevin then wraps it up by picking his Sippy Time Beer of the Week. Click on the link below to figure out how to ruin your liver like him!

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CNN.com reports Chris Nowinski’s findings, he can kiss WWE HoF goodbye!

This is your brain... this is your brain on TGI FRIDAYS! WOOOOO!

"This is your brain... this is your brain on TGI FRIDAYS! WOOOOO!"

CNN.com today has a feature-length story about the long-term damage to the brains of athletes who have suffered concussions. The findings come from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTSE), which receives and studies dead athletes’ brains solicited by the Sports Legacy Institute, started by former WWE wrestler and “Tough Enough” contestant Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu (their last names sound like an argument). The story quotes Nowinski’s inspiration for starting the foundation:

In one moment, his dreams of a long career wrestling were dashed by a kick to his chin. That kick, which caused Nowinski to black out and effectively ended his career, capped a career riddled with concussions.

“My world changed,” said Nowinski. “I had depression. I had memory problems. My head hurt for five years.”

Nowinski began searching for studies, and what he found startled him.

“I realized when I was visiting a lot of doctors, they weren’t giving me very good answers about what was wrong with my head,” said Nowinski. “I read [every study I could find] and I realized there was a ton of evidence showing concussions lead to depression, and multiple concussion can lead to Alzheimer’s.”

The story also says five out of five brains studied by CTSE show the damaging effects (known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE) of multiple concussions (a two-photo slide show is available on this page and, yuck, that beat-up brain is in bad shape), and that “the [protein] tangles [in the damaged brains] closely resemble what might be found in the brain of an 80-year-old with dementia.” No wonder Chris Benoit killed his wife and kid Sophia on “The Golden Girls” was always angry.

According to the article, the NFL’s official statement (*yawn*) says “Hundreds of thousands of people have played football and other sports without experiencing any problem of this type and there continues to be considerable debate within the medical community on the precise long-term effects of concussions and how they relate to other risk factors.” I’m sure Vince McMahon’s reaction to the findings will be slightly less diplomatic, knocking papers out of everyone’s hands and then shouting, “Now ask me a question! Huh? Huh? Awww, you gonna cry?” -Eric

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