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NFL Teams’ Medical Staffs Raided

Posted by on November 17, 2014 | No comments

I was watching Sunday Night Football with my neighbor Igor Cornelsen when we heard about a development that’s sure to continue to be in the news.

In a shocking and bizarre turn of event, federal law enforcement agencies are targeting the National Football League (NFL) due to the illegal use of drugs. It has been reported that professional football players have been illegally prescribed drugs to enhance performance.

To the mainstream public, this really is a shock. Fans who follow sports closely have heard of rumors of drug use dating back to the 1960’s.

DEA agents raided the offices of the medical staffs that treat NFL teams. Two teams were raided at first after their games. Up to six teams are being targeted. At the core of the investigation is the mishandling or prescription drugs.

Football is a contact sport and practice, pre-season play, and official season and post-season play can be very hard on the body. Years of playing football can wear down the joints and muscles leading to extreme pain. The use of painkillers or other prescription drugs should not be surprising.

That said, there are legal requirements and rules when it comes to doctors providing patients with prescription medication. No doctor may prescribe those who are professional athletes in a manner that is outside the parameters of the law.

No one has been charged yet and, honestly, no one may have done anything wrong. All that is occurring right now is an investigation. In the court of public opinion, however, convictions have probably been made.

UFC Injuries Never Seem to End

Posted by on November 14, 2014 | No comments

The UFC just can’t catch a break. It has been one mishap after the next for a few years now. The latest problem is that their heavyweight champion may be out for such a long time that he might have to relinquish the belt.

The plan is to create an interim title, given to the winner of Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt. If it turns out that Cain will be out for a year, then the interim belt will become the official heavyweight title.

Many fans like Igor Cornelsen have been hoping Hunt wins, as he is an exciting fighter with knockout power. The UFC’s popularity wanes when their champions play the point game like Jon Jones and Anderson Silva have done in the past.

What makes this injury extra painful is that this fight was set in Cain’s home of Mexico City. The whole show had been built around the idea that people of Mexico would want to come see their hometown hero defend his title. Cain’s torn meniscus will prevent this from happening.

It begs the question as to whether Cain Velasquez has peaked. He became a star when he utterly destroyed the massive wrestling legend Brock Lesnar in an epic bout in 2013. Since that time, he has fought only five times against two people. It sometimes feels like there is no heavyweight champion as it is.

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