Quit crying, NFL... brains are overrated

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Quit crying, NFL... brains are overrated

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Headhunters, beware: the NFL 'gun gitchu.
That's right, the league has finally decided to stop the salutary neglect on "devastating" head hits and start handing out suspensions.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison might be Public Enemy Number One. On Sunday he concussed two Browns receivers: Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi. Though no penalties were called both wideouts were sidelined. Harrison's post game quotes were gems.

"I don't want to injure anybody," he said. "There's a big difference between being hurt and being injured. You get hurt, you shake it off and come back the next series or the next game. I try to hurt people."

Go get 'em, Tiger!

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was equally unapologetic when discussing his attempt to head Todd Heap's cranium like he was Tim Cahill trying to net a soccer ball.

"Y'all got the stats, right?" he said on the Dale And Holley Show. "What was the stats after that hit, and before it? I think it was a lot better after than it was before it."

Good point by you, Meriweather.

Maybe a guy should only be penalized after the fact. Helmet-to-helmet contact and the collision didn't help your team win? Suspension and a fine, sucker. But if your Kung-fu move was the game-changer that sparked your team's turnaround? The guy you hit should have to apologize for being weak . . . as soon as he regains consciousness.

Some players think differently. Some guys, like tight end Ben Watson, are in favor of the NFL tamping down on "devastating hits and head shots." These weak-stomached little Sallys are demanding repercussions whether the player on the ground is injured or just "hurt."

Watson made feelings about James Harrison particularly clear. "I hope the NFL does the max, whatever the max is, I hope they give it to him," he said.

What a baby.

Football isn't football without concussive collisions! If somebody's brain doesn't smack the back of his head then the whole show is a waste of time. We're practically headed toward professional flag football. It's outrageous. The NFL already put up pretty, laminated posters everywhere to warn of the dangers of brain trauma.

I mean, it's not like that college player died.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

© 2016 by STATS and The Associated Press.

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

The Patriots have placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, officially ending the injured tight end's season. 

The Patriots have added running back D.J. Foster to the 53-man roster. 

Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Friday in Los Angeles. There was some hope he might be able to return if the Patriots reached the Super Bowl, but this move ends that.

More to come...