Injuries and Traumas

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    September 24, 2014

    Texans Draft Woes Continue, Louis Nix III Heads To Injured Reserve

    It's too early to tell if the Texans last couple draft classes are cursed, just not that good, or some combination of those two things. The one thing that is undeniable is that, on the whole, it's hard to find another team in the NFL (certainly a team that is 2-1 and favored to win in Week 4 at hom ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    NCAA Must Be Worried College Football Players Won Bid to Unionize

    After decades of exploiting football players as highly inexpensive labor, the clock may be officially ticking on the NCAA. Last year, it was the class action lawsuit settled out of court between college football players (past and present) and EA Sports for video game royalties. The Ed O'Bannon law ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Race Day to Honor Firefighter who Survived Hotel Blaze

    Even after he battled the deadly five-alarm blaze that killed four of his fellow Houston firefighters and took his legs after a roof collapsed, Capt. Bill Dowling is still fighting. One of the lucky ones that fateful afternoon in May, Dowling is the focus of a fundraiser this weekend organized by t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Man Refuses Treatment After Motorcycle Accident, Dies Later of Head Injuries

    If there was ever a cautionary tale about the dangers of ignoring injures after an automobile accident, this is it. An unidentified motorcycle rider, 65, was involved in an accident with a BMW on the service road of Interstate 45 South at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, January 8. The male victim had min ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    UPDATED Bicyclist Dies Three Days After Hit-and-Run in the Montrose

    UPDATE: The victim has been identified by her boyfriend as Chelsea Norman. He tells us Norman clocked out of work at Whole Foods at 10:17 pm Dec. 1, and was likely hit between 10:20-10:35 pm, while riding home. She was found lying face up in the bike lane, with her bike 20-30 feet from her, in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Cracks in the Foundation: Pop Warner Football Participation Drops Dramatically

    With the discovery of the brain disease CTE (chronic traumatic encepholopathy) in football players, many of whom saw their lives spiral out of control then ending in suicide or violently, we might have seen the beginning of end of football in America, at least as we know it. As the CTE research con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    UH Quarterback's Career Over Due To Concussions

    PBS aired a pretty damning and devastating documentary Tuesday night dealing with the NFL, concussions, and the impact of those concussions on the players. The NFL didn't want this documentary seen. It refused to cooperate with the reporters and producers, and strong armed ESPN into backing out of i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Grand Prix Godfrey: Houston Musician Dodges Serious Injury In IndyCar Wreck

    When Houston musician Ben Godfrey headed to the Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park this past Sunday, he wasn't aware that he would go from simply watching the action to being a part of it. Godfrey, best known around town for his role in local acts listenlisten and B.E. Godfrey, was struck by fen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    13 Injured During Crash During Final Lap of the Grand Prix of Houston

    Racing is dangerous business. Watching a race can be just as scary. On Sunday during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston, 13 spectators were injured with Dario Franchitti's car went flying through the air and into the fence sending debris into the stands. According to reports, two of the inj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    13 Injured During Crash During Final Lap of the Grand Prix of Houston

    Racing is dangerous business. Watching a race can be just as scary. On Sunday during the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston, 13 spectators were injured with Dario Franchitti's car went flying through the air and into the fence sending debris into the stands. According to reports, two of the inj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Rub Some Dirt on It and Get Back Out There: The NFL Avoids Getting its Hands Dirty With Concussion Litigation Settlement

    Scott Fujita, who played linebacker in the NFL for 10 years, has an essay today in the New York Times regarding the settlement the NFL reached with its former players (roughly 4,500) over the "concussion litigation." Fujita expresses some mixed emotions about it. But one point stark point remains: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Scottie Pippen Alleged Assault Victim Apparently the Worst Flopper Ever

    There has been an increasing call by fans and people inside the NBA to do away with flopping. Suggestions have ranged from monetary penalties -- which the league initiated before last season -- to technical fouls and even suspensions. Flopping is lame and has a way of killing the momentum of a game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Run with the Bulls....IN BAYTOWN?

    This December 7 in Baytown at the Royal Purple Speedway, you can run in sheer, pants-shitting terror from raging bulls just like they do in Pamplona, Spain, each summer. The Great Bull Run's organizers urge participants to "grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you sprint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    March Madness Elite 8: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    And then there were four! (I know, on the list of lame, cliched, bloggy catchphrases "And then there was (however many are left)" is right behind "Houston, we have a problem." but I'm still a little rattled from falling for the Dream Shake's April Fool's Day prank. I'm running simple plays here, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Possibly Coming to a Texas High-School Football Field Near You: Only One Full-Contact Practice Per Week

    Last Thursday, State Representative Eddie Lucio III, a Democrat from Brownsville, filed House Bill 887. If enacted, the law would limit middle-school and high-school football programs to one full-contact practice per week. "Like most people, I'm influenced by the stories I read and the news I see. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    UTMB Pays Fine in Animal Welfare Act Allegations

    Three University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston employees have been fired, and the university has agreed to pay $9,143 relating to allegations of Animal Welfare Act violations. Under the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the university did not admit or deny any wrong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Mary Helen Aranda, 60, Alleged DWI Victim, Bayou Body Count No. 164

    A 60-year-old woman was killed by a drunk driver who also sent a four-year-old girl to the hospital Saturday night, police say. Mary Helen Aranda, 60, was driving a Toyota Corolla westbound in the block of 6700 Lyons about 8:10 p.m. Saturday when she was struck by the PT Cruiser being driven eastbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    66-Year-Old Woman Sues Bo Pelini Foundation For Football-Related Injuries

    "We will aggressively protect the health, safety and long-term livelihood of our players, both on the field and off. We can preserve the fierce competition that makes football great, while simultaneously committing to the relentless pursuit of safer play. Our players do not make excuses on the field ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Nick Saban's Daughter Gets Sued For Beating The Snot Out Of Her Sorority Sister

    Alabama head coach Nick Saban is known for a few things: winning national championships (two in the last three seasons), a steely demeanor (and by steely, I mean he's kind of a jerk), meticulous attention to detail (ask the Dolphins office worker who misplaced his Little Debbie snack cakes), and a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Peyton Manning and Like-Minded Concussion-Test Cheaters: You Might Not Be Able to Get Away With It

    A just-published study shows that even if you try to bomb a concussion test, you might very well get caughtcaughtcaught. That includes you, Peyton Manning. According to a study published in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, it's not all that easy to purposely fail a pre-concussion baselin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Exotic Prop Bet Mania: Profiting Off The Madden Curse

    When the average sports fan hears the word "wagering," for the most part they equate it with football and basketball, betting on spreads and total points scored. But if you read my work in this space, you know that the occasional prop bet is a fun diversion and oftentimes a chance to have more long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Summer Ott: Memorial Hermann Hires The Michael Jordan Of Preventing & Treating Youth Concussions

    Memorial Hermann now boasts the Michael Jordan of concussion expertise: Neuropsychologist Summer Ott, Psy.D, has been brought on board to head up the Sports Concussion Program at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann. Along with her deep knowledge of head trauma caused during a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    3-Year-Old Goes Flying Off Rodeo Carnival Ride In Video

    KTRK obtained amateur video of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo incident in which a three-year-old girl was injured on a ride, and it contradicts earlier stories. When the incident happened Wednesday, rodeo officials said the girl had squirmed off the Techno Jump ride and fell to the ground, suff ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2012

    Breaking It Down

    It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    It's Official: Matt Schaub Out For The Year; Your New Backup QB Is...

    The Houston Texans have made it official, placing quarterback Matt Schaub on the injured reserve list, meaning he's out for the rest of the season. The Matt Leinart Era begins Sunday. And if Leinart gets hurt, or plays utterly Leinart-ly, and T.J Yates blows it? Your new backup QB is Kellen Clemens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Gurjeet Singh: Sets Self on Fire While on Run from Law

    Burns over 90 percent of his body.​A 29-year-old charged last month in Harris County with the aggravated assault of a family member was taken to a San Antonio burn unit yesterday after he apparently stripped nude, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire. Police in the Central Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    The Peyton Manning Saga -- A Very Special 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Everyone wants The Beard​"Peyton Manning's not going to let (the Colts) draft Andrew Luck." -- Phil Simms "I don't talk to Phil. Phil doesn't talk to me. He did text me after that, saying 'Hey, sorry to drag your name into this.' I wrote back, 'Phil I don't know what you're talking about.' He ... More >>

  • News

    August 18, 2011

    Knocked Out: Bell Ringing

    Further studies at UCLA sounded the alarm about concussions and their treatment

  • News

    August 18, 2011

    Knocked Out

    Medical effects of concussion far worse for kids.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Concussions: Avoidance, Protection and Better Helmets

    Daniel Kramer​Justin Landers, head athletic trainer at Katy High School, leads me to a secret stash of football equipment. The attic-like room, which is only accessible by one skinny wood ladder, is floor to ceiling and wall to wall with hundreds of helmets and shoulder pads. Landers combs th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Cover Story: Concussions in Youth Sports: Is The Risk Worth It?

    ​Kayla Meyer was a normal kid growing up on the family farm in New Prague, Minnesota, where she used to ride horses around the property. But now, the 14-year-old can no longer ride or even attend school on a regular basis after receiving two concussions in ice hockey. Ali Champness, too, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    More NFL Drama: 75 Former Pros Suing League Over Concussions

    Former Texas Longhorn Raymond Clayborn (24) and 74 fellow NFL retirees are suing the league.​The National Football League has been, for the past few years, one of the biggest proponents of concussion awareness. Now, all of that cheerleading may bite them in the backside. The Associated Press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Two Local Helmetless Teen Skaters Suffer Life-Threatening Brain Injuries

    ​Tara Csatlos is 16 years old, but her vision is equivalent to a 40-year-old's. In the past year, she has almost died several times, traveled back and forth to Illinois to see medical specialists and dropped out of spring semester at Cypress Woods High School. All of this due to a freak skateb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Houston Texans -- Owen Daniels Gets Paid

    Owen Daniels gets his contract​It's been quite an odyssey for Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels these last few years. The highlight of his Texans career thus far has probably been his trip to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2008 season. Since then, to say O.D.'s journey has been star-cros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Parents' Nightmare: Three Kids Die in Daycare Fire

    Parents' nightmare on the west side​Horrible story out on the west side of town -- three children, aged three or younger, have died and another four are hospitalized with serious injuries, the Houston Fire Department and news outlets report. The fire, at Jackie's Child Care in the 2800 block ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    County Judge Emmett Separates Shoulder, Will Miss Eagles Game

    Ed Emmett sidelined​Blatantly ripping off the Barack Obama basketball injury, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's office has announced that he, too, is on the injured-reserve list. Emmett separated his shoulder in an early-morning tennis game today and will likely require surgery, spokesman Joe S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Houston Firefighter Calendar 2011 Is Here! Go Have Some Private Time!

    The latest version of the always popular Houston Firefighters Calendar, featuring men holding things while not wearing any shirts, is out. Saturday night was the release party, and the Facebook reviews are in.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Geoff Blum Joins Baseball's Stupid-Injury List: Here Are 11 Others

    If only someone warned this rookie about dress shirts​Astros utility player Geoff Blum popped his elbow putting on his shirt last week.Yes, that's right, putting on his shirt. Not his jersey. Not during the game. But his shirt. After the game. He's currently on the disabled list, and he might end ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    The Astros: Where Pitching Careers Go To Die

    Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher​I don't know what Cecil Cooper has against pitchers, but it's really beginning to harm the team. The Astros put Wesley Wright on the disabled list yesterday. Chris Sampson, who recently came off of the DL, is pitching as if he's still injured, and he and Cooper had a clo ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    The Gloom Starts To Gather For The Astros

    With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, the Houston Astros are a listing ship quickly going under. The Astros just lost three of four games to the Chicago Cubs and have gone from surging toward first place to trying to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers for third place.The latest disast ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Astros Are Red-Hot...For Now

     Is it actually possible? Is it actually possible that the Houston Astros could climb into first place of the NL Central this weekend? Can it really be that we'll wake up on Monday morning and discover that the Astros will be in a position to actually start pulling away with the division le ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    The Astros, Hanging On Despite Themselves

    The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and Thursday and Friday to get their record to 46-44. For a short time, the Astros were in a three-way tie for second place in the NL Central. And with the first-place St. Louis Cardinals coming in for three games starting tonight, there was a chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    That Other Sports Team In Town -- Who's Running It?

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherI know I've asked this question before, but I feel that it needs asking again. So, seriously, who's running the Houston Astros?I ask because it came out yesterday that Cecil Cooper has been pitching injured pitchers, even though he knows they're injured, because they say th ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Who's Running The Astros These Days Anyway?

    The Houston Astros put closer Jose Valverde on the disabled list yesterday. And that's not too shocking seeing as how Valverde had a ball drummed off his leg last week and has been hobbling and blowing saves on just one leg.What's surprising to me is what Jesus Ortiz at the Chron reports. The team h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    HPD Beat Man To Death, Family Says

    At today's City Council meeting, the family of a dead man will accuse HPD officers of beating the man to death.Houston civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen tells Hair Balls a report from the county medical examiner reveals that Marion Wilson, 52, died from blunt force trauma after an altercation w ... More >>

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    January 16, 2003

    Roller Derby

    Wheelchair basketball is for wussies. And park your pity at the door. Welcome to quad rugby, where quadriplegics slam their opponents into the hardwood.

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    September 26, 2002

    Best Comet

    Sheryl Swoopes

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