NFL owner: Hang safety rules, players paid big money to incur high-risk behavior

Show of hands: Who is enjoying the NFL’s new player-safety rules?

Hello? Anyone? I know you’re out there — I can hear you cracking your knuckles.

Truth: No one likes the new rules of engagement, designed to reduce collisions on kickoffs, on helmet-to-helmet contact and on hits to the quarterback. Not the fans, though the fans don’t have much of a stake in player safety beyond the gladiator-on-gladiator mayhem that goes so well with pizza rolls and chip and dip. The players don’t seem to like them. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews hates them with the white-hot intensity of 1,000 suns.

In the Packers’ first game, Matthews was called for roughing Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The following week Matthews was flagged for roughing Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

If we’re being honest here, we’ve all seen more contact at a 7th-grade dance.

Then last Sunday, Matthews sacked Washington quarterback Alex Smith on a hit as clean as a whistle. He got flagged again. Matthews asked the league for clarification and was sent this instructional video:

Count Dolphins’ defensive end William Hayes a big fat no. In trying to tackle Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in a manner consistent with the new rules last Sunday, Hayes tore his ACL.

Matthews opined that the league is getting “soft.” Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers termed the helmet rule “idiotic.” Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger aren’t big fans of the changes. But you’d expect that. NFL players are predisposed to competition in which they can put their breath-taking speed, strength and manly-men toughness on full display. Their whole lives they’ve been the biggest, baddest brutes on the field. They enjoy the distinction. They are aware, but largely unmoved, of game-related trauma and how it affects NFL retirees. Knees, hips, backs, shoulders and brains are concerns for another day. Which is why …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


The FDA Might Ban Online E-Cigarette Sales

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The teen vaping trend might prompt the FDA to ban online e-cigarette sales.

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the possible ban on Tuesday, and said the FDA is also looking at restricting flavored e-cigarette products, which health experts say appeal to young people.

Gottlieb has supported the use of e-cigarettes as an alternative for adult smokers, but said it can’t come at the expense of driving up the youth vaping trend.

Earlier this month, the FDA took what it called “historic action” on some e-cigarette makers, giving them 60 days to come up with a plan to curb teen usage.

The agency is expected to release new statistics on teen vaping and announce its next steps on the issue in November.

Recent data shows more than two million middle and high school students reported vaping in 2017.

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Google is lifting its ban on cryptocurrency advertising next month

Google will resume accepting cryptocurrency-related online advertising after previously banning such ads earlier this year, according to a report from CNBC today. Lifting the ban will allow regulated crypto exchanges to purchase ads through Google’s platform in the US and Japan starting next month.

The original ban was announced in March, amid a wave of high-profile initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other crypto activity that made it difficult to distinguish between over-hyped or outright fraudulent ventures and legitimate ones. Google still plans to reject ads for ICOs, which are loosely regulated fundraising efforts, and ads for crypto wallets and trading advice, reports CNBC.

It’s unclear why Google is lifting its ban now, but it…

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Judge Labels Bill Cosby A ‘Sexually Violent Predator’

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A Pennsylvania judge has ruled Bill Cosby is a “sexually violent predator.”

The ruling, which came on the second day of Cosby’s sentencing hearing, means he will have to register as a sex offender, report to authorities four times a year and attend counseling for the rest of his life.

In April, Cosby was convicted of three counts of sexual assault against Andrea Constand. He was found guilty of drugging and assaulting Constand in his home in 2004. Cosby claimed the incident was consensual.

As of 1 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, the 81-year-old had yet to be sentenced. Prosecutors recommended a five- to 10-year prison sentence. But Cosby’s lawyers asked the judge to consider his age and blindness, arguing he should instead be sentenced to house arrest.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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