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(ESPN) On a frosty January evening in Eugene, a University of Oregon student plops onto a couch, nestled between a whirring space heater and a muted television at a friend’s off-campus apartment, and pulls a nugget from the bag. At his feet sits a backpack emblazoned with the logo of the Rose Bowl, which he and his teammates had won barely a week before. “Purple Kush,” he says of his preferred marijuana strand, which he rolls into a hefty joint between his forefingers and thumbs. “It’s pretty much all I smoke.”The joint, to which he adds a dash of tobacco to make a spliff, is typical for this student-athlete. “Bongs and pipes mean more evidence,” he says. He lights up, kicks back and exhales a dense cloud. Normally, he’d pass the spliff to one of his Oregon football teammates, but tonight he smokes alone. “Most of the guys are waiting until after winter workouts,” he says. Once thoseconclude in March, he adds, they’ll gather in clusters to partake together. About half the team smokes, he estimates. “It’s a team thing. Like video games.”
“It’s not just us,” he says, taking another hit. “If you think Oregon’s the only team smoking weed, you’re crazy.”
The article does a good job covering the popularity of marijuana use among college athletes, who see smoking a joint as “no big deal” and akin to drinking a beer. At Oregon, the weed use is well known (ask Ganja Jon) and dealt with only when circumstances of public exposure and/or law enforcement get involved. The team, it seems, self-polices its weed users – if a player who tokes isn’t cutting it in class or on the field the other players will address him. They have formulated a code of behavior to avoid paraphernalia (more evidence) and toking in public or at parties.
Oh, and this team full of potheads just won the Rose Bowl for the first time in over nine decades, defeating a powerful Wisconsin team (which I’ll assume has more beer drinkers than pot smokers… I’ve visited both campuses). The year before, these blunt burners were a play or two away from being declared National Champions.
But my favorite comment on this shocking news flash that college kids smoke pot comes from Clay Travis’ Outkick the Coverage blog:
What’s more, in an era when boosters pay for abortions at Miami, the most legendary coach of our era fails to keep children from being raped in his team’s locker room at Penn State, and the entire purpose of the NCAA continues to be ensuring that kids who have nothing continue to have nothing despite billions of dollars being made off their talents, it’s pretty damn hard for the moral outrage meter to register any indignation about college kids smoking pot.
Guess how many of the above stories ESPN broke last year?
Yeah, none of them.
The NFL hardly cares about a player’s marijuana use anymore. It used to be draft picks like Warren Sapp and Randy Moss would drop to the middle or tail ends of drafts in which they should have been early selections. But now, many teams relish the opportunity to pick up talented players that other teams pass up with moral indignation over their marijuana use (see: NFL 2010 Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin, who was picked 22nd by the Vikings out of Florida.) This year, Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is still listed as the #2 corner and #16 draft prospect overall, despite a dropped marijuana charge (Dre claims it was his friend’s weed in the car and he had no idea it was there… uh huh.)
In fact, this entertaining ESPN Page 2 story imagines an All-Time All-Star All-Weed NFL team, with the following lineup:
Offense: QB Todd Marinovich, RBs Ricky Williams, Jamal Lewis, WRs Randy Moss, Muhsin Muhammad, TE OJ Santiago, OLs Mark Stepnoski, Nate Newton, Khiawatha Downey, Marvel Smith, Tra Thomas.
Defense: DLs Warren Sapp, Keith Hamilton, Anthony Maddox, Cletidus Hunt, LBs Ahmad Brooks, Darren Hambrick, Cornell Brown, DBs Chris McAlister, Rashard Anderson, Rodney Artmore, Juran Bolden.
This is a concept I adopted for our Pigskin Potheads fantasy league team, which happened to win our league championship against teams stocked with Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers (OK, it helped that the championship game was Week 17 against a Green Bay team that had Aaron Rodgers and James Starks sitting out.) I only draft players who have been busted for or made headlines with weed. Our championship lineup includes:
Offense: QB Michael Vick, RBs Marshawn Lynch, Ricky Williams, WRs Percy Harvin, DeSean Jackson, TE Aaron Hernandez (no OLs in this fantasy league)
Backup Offense: QB Chris Simms, RBs Kevin Faulk, Javarris James, WRs Kenny Britt, Jerome Simpson, Santonio Holmes, TE Anthony McCoy
Defense: DLs Jonathan Babineaux, Shaun Ellis, LB Leroy Hill, DBs Tom Zbikowski, Derrick Martin
One position where weed smokers are tough to find is kickers and punters. C’mon, players, somebody pass the blunt to the little guy!
Rumors regarding the Xbox 360′s successor are only going to become more frequent as we approach its announcement, whether that be coming at this year’s E3, next year’s, or some other point in time. The latest report suggests Microsoft’s third home game console will ship without what has been a critical component in the past: a disc drive.
According to MCV, partners of Microsoft’s have been told the new system will make use of “some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage” in lieu of the disc-based media that console owners have become accustomed to for many years now. This flies in the face of previous speculation and reports that Microsoft would abandon DVD in favor of Blu-ray and its superior storage capacity.
Sudden cardiac arrest isn’t the same as a heart attack.
Someone in the prime of their life — a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person — isn’t supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news.
The rare nature of sudden cardiac arrest among the young is precisely what makes it so attention-grabbing. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sudden cardiac death kills 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 300,000 athletes under age 35, more often males.
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Among the most publicized cases: U.S. Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman in 1986; college basketball player Hank Gathers in 1990; and professional basketball players Pete Maravich in 1988 and Reggie Lewis in 1993.
People wonder if anything could have been done to prevent such an event. They wonder who’s at risk, and whether anyone can survive sudden cardiac arrest.
Fortunately, the answer is yes, says Christine E. Lawless, MD, MBA, a cardiologist and sports medicine doctor in Chicago. She is the co-chair of the American College of Cardiology’s sports and exercise council, and a consulting cardiologist for Major League Soccer.
“We’re trying to get folks to recognize that the person can come back from [cardiac] arrest if you get there within a minute,” Lawless says. With immediate use of an automated external defibrillator, people have a chance to live.
What Is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
When you hear about a young person dropping dead, you may think “heart attack.” But sudden cardiac arrest (also referred to as sudden cardiac death) is different.
A heart attack stems from a circulation, or “plumbing,” problem of the heart, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. It happens when a sudden blockage in a coronary artery severely reduces or cuts off blood flow to the heart, damaging heart muscle.
In contrast, a sudden cardiac arrest is due to an “electrical” problem in the heart. It happens when electrical signals that control the heart’s pumping ability essentially short-circuit. Suddenly, the heart may beat dangerously fast, causing the heart’s ventricles to quiver or flutter instead of pumping blood in a coordinated fashion. This rhythm disturbance, called ventricular fibrillation, “occurs in response to an underlying heart condition that may or may not have been detected,” Lawless says.
Ventricular fibrillation disrupts the heart’s pumping action, stopping blood flow to the rest of the body. A person in sudden cardiac arrest will collapse suddenly and lose consciousness, with no pulse or breathing.
Without immediate CPR or a shock from an automated defibrillator, the person usually dies within minutes — that’s why it’s called “sudden cardiac death.”
There is a connection between heart attack and sudden cardiac death, however. A heart attack can trigger an electrical malfunction that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.
I am a mother of two and I hardly ever watch television. However, on Thursday, April 7, as I sat down to what I thought was family entertainment on ITV at around 9 pm, I was utterly shocked by a scene in
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