Our submission for the NHL's new concussion protocol


Our submission for the NHL's new concussion protocol

By Justin Aucoin

The NHL began its new concussion protocol last night. Any players suspected of having a concussion has to sit in a quiet room for 15 minutes while a team physician examines him.

Exactly what this protocol will entail is still TBD, of course.

Per PuckDaddy:

"Yeah, they're still working on the protocol, but it does take effect and the loose ends are being tied up. It's a pretty tough protocol to deal with. What is deemed a concussion? I don't want to go there yet. We're still trying to nail it down." NHL VP Colin Campbell

You dont want to go there yet? Youre enacting a protocol but arent sure whats deemed a concussion nor want to talk about it? Wow. Were sure the players are feeling safer already.

Nothing like enacting a protocol that doesnt seem to have any direction, nor is close to completion.

But since the NHL is still working out the kinks, as it were, we decided to lend a helping hand in them deciding if someone has a concussion with a mere five questions.

Note: Were not doctors; nor do we play one on TV. But we have a blog so, clearly, were experts.

1. How many fingers am I holding up?
a. 2 (2 pts. Hes a hockey player; he might not know how to count)
b. 4 (1 pts. See above; it could be a lucky guess)
c. Oh god, oh god! Why is Ralph Wiggum my physician? (10 pts. Though its a legit question)

2. What do you think hit you?
a. Car (5 pts)
b. Truck (10 pts)
c. Johnny Boychuk (50 pts)

3. What actually hit you?
a. Mike Giardi (2 pts. Really, Secret Agent Giardi did this to him? Hes probably faking.)
b. Mary Paoletti (25 pts. Never make fun of UConn again!)
c. Johnny Boychuk (-50 pts. He survived the hit; that counts for something right?)
d. Matt CookeTrevor GillesOther goons (10 pts. Probably got an elbow to the head)

4. Who are you?
a. Insert name (5 pts. Mightve just read the nameplate of their jersey)
b. Marc Savard (100 pts)
c. My name or my idegosuper-ego? (-5 pts for being so lucid)

5. What do you see?
a. A face (2 pts. Not bad)
b. Nothing (5 pts. No imagination)
c. My MRI? (15 pts. Theyre right)

Score Sheet
0 -20 = No concussion. Free to return.
21 50 = Possible concussion. Flip a coin.
51 = Definitely a concussion. Keep him out. Call the NHL or, if youre in Montreal, call 911.

He can go back and play unless hes the star forward for the away team of an interdivision rival in a tight hockey game; then hes kept out.

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

Update: Three-way Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers deal for George 'very unlikely'

We knew back on the night of the draft that as the Cavaliers desperately looked for a way to pry Paul George out of Indiana, they started involving third teams in the talks (because Indy had no interest in Kevin Love for Paul George straight up, not should they). Phoenix was involved, but that fizzled. So did talks involving Denver.

But those latter ones didn’t die the night of the draft, according to reports that came out over the weekend. Denver, Cleveland, and Indiana were still talking about a three-team deal that would land Love in Denver and George in Cleveland. The challenge for Cleveland was finding the combination of young players and draft picks that Indiana wants in a deal — Indy is rumored to want a lottery pick (preferably high lottery) and a young player or players.

Now that Denver three-team is “very unlikely” to happen, according to Joe Varden of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Click here for the complete story.

NFL's Top 10 list revealed Monday night: Where does Tom Brady wind up?

NFL's Top 10 list revealed Monday night: Where does Tom Brady wind up?

NFL players vote every year on which players should make up the list of the best their game has to offer, but it's an imperfect system. And that's probably putting it lightly. 

The NFL Network will reveal the final 10 players on its annual Top 100 list Monday night at 8 p.m. It will be an order that has been chosen by some players, not all. Of those who took part, some hastily made their way through a handful of names at the end of last season handing over their choices. 

Yet it's the list the league ends up with, for better or for worse, prompting responses like JJ Watt's when he found out he was No. 35 this year after playing in three games last season. 

On NFL.com, the Top 100 list is described as the answer to the question, "Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today?" If that's the criteria -- and not simply performance in 2016 -- then Watt's complaint actually doesn't hold much water. If he's healthy, no one would argue that he's one of the best 35 players "in the NFL today."

This year, several Patriots players from 2016 made the cut: Rob Gronkowski (No. 23), LeGarrette Blount (No. 80), Julian Edelman (No. 71), Dont'a Hightower (No. 94) and Malcolm Butler (No. 99). 

Tom Brady will be the last of Bill Belichick's players to be named. He's lumped into a Top 10 that will include Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Ezekiel Elliott, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, Von Miller and Khalil Mack.

Here's what we think the list should look like when the curtain falls on the finale of this flawed endeavor:

10. Elliott
9. Beckham
8. Bell
7. Brown
6. Ryan
5. Jones
4. Miller
3. Mack
2. Rodgers
1. Brady