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  1. Enjoy a little rest & relaxation on the beach with the family JPPT. I hope you emerge from vacation refreshed, renewed, & reenergized!!!
  2. You are a deep & provocative thinker my friend & I really admire that character trait in you & all my forum friends. Yes, personal responsibility is crucial to a player's financial security after their NFL career is over. However, anyone can fall prey to fraud & deception even among their most trusted advisors & consultants. Also, what if repeated concussions or head trauma makes a retired player susceptible to easy manipulation, influence, & coercion? There is a huge difference between reckless, lavish spending & diminished mental capacity & overall awareness. Often times, players with brain trauma are taken advantage of, broke, & can't get access to the real help that they need. Yes, you can't save everybody & some people do indeed fall through the cracks I know, but does any safety net exist for these broken down players? I don't have any concrete answers, but I am fond of asking questions. Nice discussion as always CP11.
  3. Thank you for your service urusai. I sincerely mean that. My father served in Korea. I appreciate the sacrifices you made.
  4. Being a student of history myself, having a Masters degree in American History, I am well aware the bloodshed spilled in this country & young Republic to preserve & protect our civil liberties. I know what "shared sacrifice" & paying the ultimate price really means. I am also intimately aware of what guilt over survival really means among veterans too. Why did I live & my buddy standing right next to me drop? To me, honoring veterans is more than a parade or salute of gratitude. When our men women come home from duty without limbs & brain trauma, does our citizenry & federal government cut through the red tape & get these men & women the surgeries, medical attention, & psychological assistance they need? When Humpty Dumpty comes back broken & weak, what do we do as a society to make them whole again? Once the crowds & fanfare does down, who comforts the sick, the ill, & the lame? Who quiets the voices of fear, pain, & nightmares? Who counteracts the images of death & decay that time can not completely erase? Who reminds these noble men & women that they matter & have value? Who can step in listen, let them cry, & prevent a suicide? Another point: Veterans of Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, & Afghanistan really resent the implication that only WWII Vets fought in the only "noble war" & that any wartime experience beyond 1945 does mean anything. WWII vets got parades, national respect, & the GI Bill to attend college & rise in terms of social & income mobility. Beyond WWII, media appreciation for veterans sacrifices has significantly diminished. VFW Posts will crumble unless WWII veterans loosen the misconception that theirs was the only war that really mattered. Also, the public isn't asked to ration sugar & other products for troops overseas anymore. So public awareness is almost completely unknown which is so sad. The fighting is now largely down by drown attacks at the push of a button or drop of a missile. The public doesn't see investigative journalists like Walter Kronkite anymore at the dinner table who keep the public aware of casualities, political power plays, & ultimately change the scope, mindset, & opinion of the War in South East Asia. Good Bless All The MEN & WOMEN WHO SERVE IN EVERY BRANCH OF SERVICE WHO SERVE IN A REMOTE CORNER OF THE WORLD WITH A SPATULA, MOP, OR MACHINE GUN. I WILL NEVER LET YOUR SACRIFICE DIE, DISAPPEAR, OR SLIP AWAY. THANK YOU.
  5. I think Lucas has been honored by a number of international film academies abroad for his influence of film making courtesy of his special effects company Industrial Light & Magic [iLM]. Thank you for your feedback JPPT1974. I appreciate it.
  6. southwest1

    Everyone's NFL

    I do have Sirius Satellite Radio & I love it. I often turn the sound down on my TV & listen to Bob Lamey give play by play analysis during Colts games. It's almost like being at Lucas Oil Stadium.
  7. No one will ever forget seeing Darth Vader for the first time on screen in the original Star Wars trilogy or the confident, illegal contraband, space smuggler Han Solo who shoot Gweedo, the green sea horse mercenary in the bar on Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tattooine. They were an integral part of my early adolescent upbringing. You don't make unnecessary film additions that drag down the plot or radically alter the entire movie IMO. Your George Lucas connection of a transformation from an idealist to a corporate overseer corrupted by money & complete control fetish is a good point actually. During the course of this film other film makers & friends of George Lucas like Francis Ford Coppala claimed to feel sorry for George because the Star Wars saga was so successful for him that he became beholden to a Star Wars pigeon hole type casting & was so identified with this film sequence that he can't really direct anything else in his lifetime. According to Francis, the world was deprived of other Lucas films he can now no longer make. What a minute...Excuse me, while I burst out laughing okay. #1 Lucas cannot write, direct, or story board effectively at all so no real loss on future film making there, #2 Even, if by some miracle he created another box office film trilogy again, he'd mess up the masterpiece 10 years later with awful new scene additions again, & #3 The Star Wars trilogy & brand name made him a billionaire. Let's see who would a rather be a person struggling to get by or a wealthy man many times over...Hmmm...Not a tough decision there in my book George...Stop belly aching Lucas. Cry me a river buddy. You live a pampered life now okay. Enjoy it. I sure would if I were in your shoes. Thanks for your reply CP11.
  8. Thank you CP11 for you kind words about my CTE blog. I value all my Colts Forum friends opinions & I really appreciate your profound thoughts on the subject matter of physical toughness & a person's mental wellbeing. Crying can be extremely healthy for men. Keep anxieties, fears, & frustrations bottled up & buried deep inside your psyche can lead over time to feelings of despair, helplessness, & sometimes tragically suicide. This outdated theory of Machoism needs to change & gradually overtime I think it will as people acquire more knowledge about depression & how to counteract the symptoms. The debate on NFL insurance coverage among retired NFL players is an interesting one. There are 2 schools of thought here. 1 camp says considering how all former players made this game great, pushed for more player rights/higher take home compensation, & played in different eras where racism was rampant & safety wasn't a top league priority no former player should be asked to contribute any money out of their pocket. Why even have a CBA or players union then? The other camp says if everyone contributes something out of their own pocket, it reduces the overhead costs & fees on everyone else. States require everyone to buy car insurance without exception. No one gets a "free pass" there. Perhaps, a fee scale can be implemented based on your income level & people certain outside percentages on their overall bill. The problem with this idea is what if a former NFL player is financially bankrupt. What do you do then?
  9. Thanks Gramz. I really respect your opinion. I am glad you enjoyed reading it. You always manage to keep me balanced & upbeat overall. I really appreciate that.
  10. Thank you Maureen for your kind words about my CTE blog. I seldom have concrete answers on topics, but I do realize that proper change often starts with asking the right questions. If enough people ask the same questions, positive change usually follows for the eventual benefit of everyone down the road. There can be a balance between profit & safety where everybody wins from the fan, to the player, to NFL headquarters IMO.
  11. You made some great points there MCF. Yes, a concussion is still have having a player's brain slam into the skull & no helmet will ever prevent that from happening that's true & high school & pee wee football leagues must teach younger players the proper way to tackle or take down someone without using the helmet, shoulder, or arm as a battering ram or lethal weapon. New rules are adopted or modified every year in the NFL. Everyone must learn to adapt & flow with the changes. The other dilemma is that players are well compensated to "unleash pain & instill chaos." If you don't make the tackle, stop, or impress the coaching staff, you get cut from the roster & no nice game check anymore. If you get hurt & sit on the bench for too long, the next man up at that position strolls in & takes your spot. For that reason alone, players often lie about dizziness, concussions, or the true state of their physical & emotional condition. How does the NFL break this vicious cycle when they directly profit from the sale of NFL DVDs about the best hits? I don't have an answer here either MCF. You are an exceptionally bright woman MIColtsFan & I really enjoy debating a variety of topics with you. Thank you. I love women who love football especially defense!!! You're A Okay in my book MCF.
  12. Another irony here: If you look at the other global science fiction franchise known as Star Trek beginning with William Shatner & Lenard Nimoy [Captain Kirk & Spock], this film juggernaut respects tradition, characters, & plot lines without 2nd guessing the intelligence of its audience. To George Lucas, the Star Wars saga & his initial vision may seem like his baby, but eventually all baby's grow up & evolve & that can only happen if you cut the umbilical cord, listen to outside fan feedback, & adjust the storyline accordingly. Total jurisdiction & control over anything from entertaining films to landmark governments are seldom embraced or beloved by the masses.
  13. In light of the legendary LB Junior Seau's suicide, the debate over numerous concussions & the side effects as a result of it later in life seems to have regained some fresh momentum again. Repeated trauma on the brain has led to a neurological diagnosis of CTE among the medical community. What exactly is this condition? CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head. CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. However, recent reports have been published of neuropathologically confirmed CTE in retired professional football players and other athletes who have a history of repetitive brain trauma. This trauma triggers progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, including the build-up of an abnormal protein called tau. These changes in the brain can begin months, years, or even decades after the last brain trauma or end of active athletic involvement. The brain degeneration is associated with memory loss, confusion, sensitivity to bright lights, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, .depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia. Clinically, CTE is associated with memory disturbances, behavioral and personality changes, Parkinsonism, and speech and gait abnormalities. X-rays of deceased boxer & football players brains typically show " a mild yellow-brown discoloration in the leptomeninges over the temporal poles." See image found below: CTE seems to be characterized by short term memory loss, depression, & a lack of impulse control caused by incessant blows to the head over a prolonged period of time. No known cure exists for this debilitating condition at this time. Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall for the Chicago Bears recently published a article in the Chicago Sun Times on May 5, 2012 about the death of Junior Seau & how men are conditioned since birth to not display any emotions of fear, concern, or pain. According to Marshall, "Li’l Johnny is outside playing and falls. His dad tells him to get up and be strong, to stop crying because men don’t cry...We are teaching our boys not to show weakness or share any feelings or emotions, other than to be strong and tough." What do we do when Li’l Susie falls? We say: ‘‘It’s OK. I’m here. Let me pick you up.’’ That’s very validating, and it’s teaching our girls that expressing emotions is OK. We wonder why it’s so hard to bridge the communication gap between men and women." Can you imagine how this presents itself even more so in football players? "In sports, those who show they are hurt or have mental weakness or pain are told: ‘‘You’re not tough. You’re not a man. That’s not how the players before you did it...So your perception of a man or player gets distorted.’’ Brandon Marshall's over simplification of "male toughness" notwithstanding; His argument does carry some merit. You can't expect gridiron gladiators to simply flip the civilian switch when their professional playing days are over & done. They were paid handsomely for their aggression & now they are expected to integrate into peaceful society without therapy & mental help? A tall order indeed that often leads to self inflicted tragedy or bankruptcy for many household name athletes. Drug addiction to Human Growth Hormones & pain killers often surfaces with tragic results too for several NFL greats too. New helmet advancements & CBA rule enhancements about safety are not enough. Cut through the red tape Commissioner Goodell & allow all former NFL players the physical & psychological help they desperately need without having to hire a lawyer to get the mandatory medical attention these players legitimately earned through years of blood, sweat, & hard work.
  14. That South Park "Free Hat" episode was actually right on point, funny, & clever HCF. Thanks for posting it. You are right though. When a person creates an iconic film, why mess with it? It's like plagiarism by obstruction or deletion. You wouldn't remove original stanzas from a Mozart masterpiece or William Shakespeare play & call it a new, enhanced version would you? Of course not. Just like there are early drafts of the Declaration of Independence prior to the final 1776 adopted version. You don't discard all previous versions in favor of 1 super updated version. The provenance of an original movement, movie, or milestone must be preserved, protected, & cataloged for the posterity of subsequent generations to come.
  15. I'm a firm believer in clean slates with both players & coaches. I cannot speak to Manusky's reputation good or bad. Let's see what his teaching style is & how guys in the locker room respond to it first. How does he discipline guys on the sidelines? Does he chastise them publicly or encourage them to shake off a blown coverage & get back out there on the field? How quickly can he dissect the opposing offense & implement a measure to counteract it? How swiftly does Manusky adapt on the fly?
  16. Dancing shows per say aren't exactly my cup of tea either, but the ability to slide, glide, spin, & jump in unison with a partner is a unique talent that the vast majority of us will never personally posses. 2 left feet often dictates the demise of a person's Fred Astaire dreams right then & there unfortunately. But, on the plus side, usually those who can dance typically teach right? Just Kidding!!!
  17. Since the NFL season is low key right now & entrenched in rookie player minicamps around the league, I figured why not write a non-related football blog just for pure entertainment value alone. Recently, I just watched a film called "The People Vs. George Lucas" released in 2010 by Exhibit A Pictures. The central thesis of the film is this: Billionaire George Lucas who vehemently fought motion picture studios to get Star Wars made according to his initial vision in the late 1970's has now become the very corporate and merchandising overlord he railed against in his young directing career. Fans who fell in love with this trilogy in their early adolescence are furious over the inability to gain access to the original film debuts they saw in the theater as a youth, the annoying introduction of Jar Jar Binks & the cry baby persona of Anakin Skywalker who evolves into a non menacing galactic villain Dark Vader in the prequels, and who has the real ownership of the Star Wars film saga and international cultural phenomenon? Director George Lucas alone or the National Film Archives and society at large. George Lucas soon after from graduating from film school in CA wanted the freedom & independence to make the films he saw fit without corporate studio control & restrictions. Fox 20th Century Pictures gave Lucas that opportunity after the box office success of "American Graffiti." In 1977, Star Wars was a profitable smash worldwide. As part of the initial deal with Fox, Lucas retained all commercial merchandising rights for less directorial money outright. Those merchandising rights built Skywalker Ranch where all Lucas's films are now produced, made, and distributed. Lucas first preserved the original negative master reels and transferred them over digitally via his company Industrial Light and Magic [iLM]. To pay for the preservation process, Lucas re-released the original trilogy in theaters with updated scenes not seen before. Most fans who grew up watching the original films as a kid despised them with a passion. To them, the films were now ruined and forever tarnished. Most of the upgrades failed to move the story forward or significantly diluted or watered down a character's clever wit, charm, or menacing capabilities overall. Lucas felt the upgrades were his landmark vision alone and he refused to release any DVD set with the original film sequence debut. The irony here is that George Lucas joined a campaign to stop the colorization of classic black and white academy award winning films & yet he refuses to release the original trilogy as most fans fell in love with the story as they first saw it. When I was a kid C3PO & R2D2 were the comedy relief of the original trilogy, they were designed to appeal to little kids. Jar Jar Binks, the giraffe like creature with Dumbo ears & a speech impediment, was created for the same purpose. Since when is clumsiness, incompetence, & a speaking disability funny? Lucas undoubtedly took screen writing classes & story boarding classes in film school why is he so horrible at it? Lucas cannot write dialog, create suspension & pacing, or effectively transition into foreshadowing. He is exceptional at special effects though. Darth Vader as youth comes across as a naive, control freak, and colossal wuss. Yes, "absolute power corrupts absolutely" I know, but come on. Any control freak drunk with power is going to embrace his gifts & the dark side & not run away from it. The best villains are always psychotic, demented, & see the world slightly askew & off center. They don't scream "NO!!!" when they hear that their girlfriend dies IMO. So pathetic & childish... They go on a murderous binge of mayhem & destruction. Since Star Wars is so engrained in our contemporary culture with phrases like "May The Force Be With You" "Luke I'm Your Father" or "It is Your Destiny," wouldn't you think that George Lucas would abide by the wishes of the fanbase that made him a wealthy man & release the original, unaltered trilogy? The 1977 release won academy awards for special effects do you want to dishonor the memory of the men & women who won that trophy too & made Star Wars a household name around the globe? Lucas claims to have cut the original negative & destroyed it once the digital restoration was completed. Are you bleeping kidding me George?!!! As an archivist myself, you preserve the original medium & format at all costs. You never discard it ever. For a man who spoke eloquently about preserving black & white films in their original format, I find it disturbing that Lucas would joke about the destruction of any film, especially one placed in the National Film Archives. It makes me sick to my stomach...What do you think?
  18. "Blue suede horseshoe" was inspired by Elvis Presley, and is intended to express our team's quality and novelty." If this is true, does that mean that owner Jim Irsay will start selling peanut butter & banana sandwich at the concession stands on special Colts occasions too? Just Kidding HCF!!! [it was rumored that those kind of sandwiches were Elvis Presley's favorite snack.] Another nice article my friend.
  19. SW1 To Gramz: We all value your Colts Forum contributions & insights & your friends need your calming influence to remain here. Stay Strong Gramz...

    1. Susie Q

      Susie Q

      Well I agree 100% and am a bit sorry to see so many posters take a break because I fear they won't be back. We need more posters like GRAMZ and many others. The good ones take a break and some others keep hanging in there to share much of nothing. JMO of course. I'm not taking a break yet I want to make some miserable. haha Sorry shouldn't have said that. My Bad

    2. FireJimCaldwell


      Ditto. It's sad to see good posters being run off.

    3. southwest1


      Just a friendly reminder to drop Gramz a note & let her know how special she is as a person & how her absence from here not be a welcome sight or void that could ever be filled again. No one deserves to feel pushed aside or alienated. Everyone has a voice & that voice deserves to be heard. For those that have already done so, thank you. Losing a favorite blogger is like loosing a cherished family member. Hopefully, Gramz will make a triumphant return soon. We will wait patiently 4U.

  20. Did you ever notice the expression "To make a long story short" makes it sound like a person did something unflattering or you endured an experience that you don't want anyone else to know about...Hmmm...

    1. MIColtsFan


      to make a long story short... I stopped typing here.....

    2. alawai


      Good one MIColts!

    3. southwest1


      A man was umping a high school baseball game for a little extra cash, he neglected to wear the necessary protection "down below" & to make a long story short this man with a deep voice now can hit all the high notes in his local church choir. Just do me a favor & don't mention the "strike zone" in this guy's presence ever again okay. Thanks.

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  21. I would have commented on your blog earlier CP11, but in my defense you posted the article on my birthday so that has to qualify for a "Get Out Of Jail Free Card" right? HA! HA! Everyone inside the organization, at least on the management side, was warned multiple times to stop paying for induced injuries on the field of play. It was management's job to inform their players & they obviously chose not to do so. Everyone in any profession has boundaries or rules & regulations they must follow even outside the NFL. If infractions are committed, a penalty must be paid without exception. Part of good sportsmanship is playing the game without cheap shots or breaking well established rules of conduct. There is honor in how a person carries themselves both on & off the field IMO. A nice piece of prose there CP11. Good work!!!
  22. southwest1

    Everyone's NFL

    "There is a fine line between keeping the game a big time contact sport, and keeping players from killing themselves...keeping a balance between the improving human player and love by fans for violent contact." A well written blog & your central thesis stated above is a noble goal to strive for especially as the medical community & football consuming public is becoming more familiar with the devastating nature of concussions & their impact on a player's brain & quality of life once their NFL career is over. In my view, I just wish the NFL commissioner would eliminate red tape & allow all former football players open & equal access the surgeries & medical & psychological treatment that they need without denying it outright & mandating years of legal fees just to receive the care they are naturally entitled to IMO.
  23. Don't any of these players like Terrell Owens & now Lawrence Taylor put aside any of the money they made in the NFL?!!! Like Maureen said, good luck getting your life back on track LT.
  24. southwest1

    Birthday Shirt

    Nice birthday shirt from the grandkids there. Now, the real question: Which attractive female celebrity jumps out of a cake & serenades you Marilyn Monroe style to JFK? Sounds like a feisible birthday present to me anyway...Just Kidding CM51!!! Happy Birthday Buddy!!!
  25. I realize that Lakers basketball star Ron Artest legally changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011, but to me his name sounds like a United Nations Antiwar Summit riding the world of torture & mass genocide. If you could pick a new name what would it be?

    1. southwest1


      Your new name selection can be serious, sarcastic, or odd. I don't care. Just tell me why you chose what you chose though. Names say a lot about a person's personality IMO, especially when you get to decide what it is.

    2. Coltsince4


      Line6 bassman Because that what I play and the man I am!

      Coltsince4/Line6bassman That actually is who I am known by in the BassGuitar world!

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