September 21, 2012
In the National Football League, protecting the players remains a troubling issue. The most daunting problems come when players suffer concussions. Despite wearing helmets that weigh 7 or more pounds, there is nothing that can perfectly protect a player’s head. In Baseball, MLB introduced a different version of the batting helmet that had padding in different places so that players hit in the head, usually accidentally, by pitches, would be less likely to suffer head injuries like concussions. While these helmets were introduced in Minor League Baseball, they remain optional for Major Leaguers.
A story in the New York Times reports that despite known risks of current NFL helmet cages, often times players choose the helmet cage they wear on the field based on ascetics and or prior use. Helmets undergo testing, with new models produced on a yearly basis, but many players refuse to change their desired helmet or wish to wear one with a cage that they think looks “cooler.”
This season in the NFL, the radios used in helmets will go from analog to digital. Yes, this is the age of iphones, ipads, 3D television, and we’ve even learned how to send people to the moon, but up until this season, the NFL had yet to implement digital technology. With the switch to digital, there will no longer be a chance that an misplaced radio signal will end up in the helmet of the quarterback. Also, the clarity of speech from the coach to quarterback, or captain on defense, will be much improved with the implementation of digital signals. Gubser & Schnakenberg LLC builds the digital network to be used by the NFL.
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Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: Why do the Oakland A's use an elephant as their mascot? Answer to come tomorrow.
Thursday’s answer: Between 1989 and 2002 the Spurs wore uniforms with the same colors as the do now, but their logo during that time used pink, orange, and teal. This is what it looked like: