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NFL Health and Safety Update—February 13, 2013





IU Health & Wellness Report

A recent Indiana Health & Wellness Report commented on a concussion study co-authored by health care and legal expert David Orentlicher, who teaches at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Orentlicher investigated how medical experts’ knowledge and understanding of concussions has developed over the past several decades. The Brandeis University (B.A., 1977), Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1981) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1986) graduate observed that neurologists in past decades were slow to recognize the effects of concussions.


To view the complete study, click here.


Super Bowl Health Screenings Yield Benefits for Players

In the days leading to the Super Bowl, the NFL Player Care Foundation held health screenings in New Orleans for former and current NFL players. Health care professionals offered cardiovascular and urological screenings to help identify players at risk or experiencing issues with obesity, high blood pressure and prostate health. The screenings were hosted by the NFL Player Care Foundation, the Living Heart Foundation and the Urology Care Foundation.


Attendees also had the opportunity to attend a lecture “Post-NFL Brain Health: What You Need to Know,” featuring neurologists from the University of California-San Francisco department of neurosurgery, including DR. MITCHEL BERGER, who also serves as a subcommittee chair on the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee. The lecture focused on the signs and symptoms of declining cognitive function, what people should do if they are concerned and where to get help.


In addition, DR. DAVID SATCHER, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, current director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and a mental health advisor to the NFL, spoke about mental health and its importance when transitioning from playing in the NFL to retirement. Following the lecture, players and their significant others had the opportunity to ask questions as well as to meet privately with trained professionals.


Following the event, former NFL player MARK WALCZAK said, “I was overwhelmed with the wonderful and valuable screening provided in New Orleans…This screening is an important gesture of caring that provides excellent proactive and preventative care for our former players. This screening provides further evidence at the highest level that the NFL truly cares about players, past and present.”


For more information about the Player Care Foundation, click here.


For more information on the NFL’s health and safety work, please visit


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Gronklash, Does Rob Gronkowski need to grow up?

New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski, who’s play warranted a 6 year, 53 million dollar contract extension last June from the team.  But after his latest no shirt wearing dance party in Las Vegas on Sunday night, the question is now coming up, “Does Rob Gronkowski need to grow up?”  The short answer is yes!  The long answer is off the field yes, on the field the Patriots need Gronk to be Gronk.  The timeline of Rob Gronkowski’s off the field transgressions now include a picture with porn star Bibi Jones with her wearing a Patriots jersey, partying like a crazy college kid at a Patriots post Super Bowl XLVI party, beer bongs during spring break and now this.  Look, I am not trying to deny the kid a good time, BUT with the investment the Patriots made to him, the fact that when the time comes in post Tom Brady New England, Rob Gronkowski is the Patriots biggest star.  He has to show an ability to “Just Say No!”  As a New England Patriots fan, I love the guy, I love what he brings you on the football field, BUT once again, he needs to learn that the Patriots have made an investment on him, and he needs to be ready to be the Superstar, that the Patriots and their fans need him to be.

Now the question is who sits him down and says, Look Rob, we get it you are a big kid and we love that about you, but you need to make better decisions.  Is that guy Robert Kraft? Hell he is signing the checks, Bill Belichick? Tom Brady?  Ding, ding, ding we have a winner.  Brady is one of a small handful of guys on the Patriots that have a Super Bowl Ring.  Brady, in his earlier days owned Boston and still does, needs to sit Gronk down and say, it’s great to go out and have a good time, but giving your boy on stage a DDT, is just not cool.  The Gronk family from their dad Gordie on down to the 5 brothers are a group of over sized kids, but at this point, they need to take a back seat in Rob’s life and let Gronk become the greatest Tight End to ever play the game.

What could help Rob?  Go to California to work with Tom Brady, the same way Julian Edelman did last off-season, and Aaron Hernandez is going this year.  Doing this may help his off the field and come September the Patriots on the field.

Super Bowl XLVII Live Stream Sets Viewership Records

Unique Viewers Reach 3 Million, with 114.4 Million Minutes of Video Streams


Most Social Telecast Ever, According to Monitoring Services


NEW YORK – Feb. 5, 2012 – The, and NFL Mobile from Verizon live stream of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday set multiple viewership records for a single-game sporting event in the United States and also made history as the most social telecast ever, according to data provided by Omniture and third-party monitoring firms.


Online, the live stream of the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens attracted three million unique viewers to the Super Bowl XLVII video player, up 43 percent from Super Bowl XLVI.  Viewers generated nearly 10 million live video streams, up more than 100 percent from last year, resulting in a record 114.4 million minutes streamed, which was up 46 percent over last year’s game.


Sunday also marked the largest recorded audience in’s history, as viewers streamed the game live, watched Beyonce’s half-time performance (the first time a Super Bowl half-time performance has been streamed live online in the U.S.), viewed alternative camera angles, connected with friends and followers socially, and watched broadcast commercials again on-demand.


In addition to viewership numbers, Super Bowl XLVII smashed the record for the most-social event in the history of television, according to third-party research firms BlueFin, SocialGuide and Trendrr. Trendrr tracked more than 52.5 million social comments throughout the day, more than three times the numbers tracked for 2012’s Grammy Awards and Super Bowl XLVI, the previous top events.


“Our live stream of Super Bowl XLVII not only set online viewership and social-media records but set the standard for a second-screen sports experience,” said Jim Lanzone, president of CBS Interactive. “Our goal was to create an environment that would serve as the perfect complement to CBS Sports’ coverage of the game. We’re extremely proud of this historic experience.”


“This year’s record-setting engagement demonstrates that our fans are always looking for more ways to engage with NFL content,” said Hans Schroeder, NFL senior vice president of media strategy and development.


CBS Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVII (Feb 3: 6:32-8:41 and 9:11-10:47 p.m. ET) was watched in all-or-part (at least six minutes) by a record 164.1 million viewers. Last night’s 164.1 million (persons 2+) is the highest number of viewers to ever watch all-or-part of the Super Bowl. The previous high was 2011’s 162.9 million for the Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers game.


Official stats for Sunday’s live stream of XLVII on and


  • Unique Viewers: 3 million
  • Total Minutes Streamed: 114.4 million
  • Live video streams: 10 million
  • Engagement: 38 minutes per-viewer


About provides premium online and mobile content to the connected sports fan, including live and on-demand video, in-depth analysis, breaking news, and scores and statistics across all sports. is part of CBS Interactive’s portfolio of multiplatform brands, which includes premier Fantasy offerings, high school sports leader MaxPreps, and the College Network producing more than 150 official collegiate athletic sites.


Giant Fail

Ok here’s something crazy. If the Bears, Vikings and Cowboys lose next week and the Giants win, Giants get the wildcard. And my question is, do I want them to be in after the way they played against the Ravens and Falcons. I knew these two games were going to be hard ones but it’s like they didn’t even try against the Falcons but they looked completely lost against both teams. As if they forgot how to play the game. No, wait, they didn’t even show up. And what aggravated me more is how the players and fans were continuing with this bullshit about last season and how it happened then so it’s gonna happen again. Yeah… I wasn’t even pissed or upset, I was disappointed with the lack of defense, lack of offense and lack of trying. There was no motivation, no drive, no emotion. And now that there’s a small chance for them to be in, it’s like what is the point? Lets just put everyone including the players out of their misery and start over next season. There was too much talk, too much cocky attitudes and too much of the past talk. We live in the present. It’s a new season, forget what you did last season, it’s about right now, today, what can you do today? How are you going to play? Do you want it more than other teams? Do you think you have what it takes to win another championship? If you think so, then play like it. Show everyone that you are better than what is being showed. Injuries? Who the fuck cares!!!! That’s not an excuse! Players need to step up! I said this about the Jets and I’m saying it about the Giants. Seriously! And Eli is looking like the old QB. He’s not looking like that Champion QB we remember from 2011 season. And he should be looking better.

I was disgusted with the lack of play I saw today. And the thousand and one flags didn’t help their situation at all. While I won’t compare the way the Giants were playing to the Jets or Eagles but it was close to it. And now if things go their way, do they honestly deserve to be in the playoffs? Would they even be able to get passed the Wildcard with the way they have showed up against good teams? I don’t really think so. Maybe if they get heads out of their asses and focus on the game at hand and keep thinking, it’s all or nothing, then maybe, just maybe there’s a chance. But I don’t believe it and I don’t think I’m gonna regret saying what I’m saying cause I haven’t seen much of anything from them. They haven’t been consistent this whole season. The good games they have had, Cruz, Bradshaw, Wilson have been amazing. Eli has been amazing! Defense has been awesome. And then you see nothing out of them in the next game. They literally fell of the face of the earth in November and that’s when we got the whole “We had a slump last year around this time and look at where we ended up! Well be fine.” Not quoting anyone but that’s pretty much sums it up. And the last two games have been absolutely disgusting. It was watching a train wreck and believing deep down they will come back and never did.

I’m a huge Giants fan and I love my team and wouldn’t care if they didn’t make it or if they sucked but if you tried, I’d be OK with this. But the lack of that has made me a very disappointed fan. Hopefully next season well see something better.

2012 Sports Broadcasting Awards

Tonight on the George Brew Show on Blog Talk Radio, we present the 1st Annual What’s Brewin in Sports Sports Broadcasting Awards.  Here we give you the nominees and during the show we will give you all of the winners.

Best Sports TV Network

NFL Network


NBC Sports Network

MLB Network

Best National Sports Talk Radio Show

The Dan Patrick Show

Jim Rome

Mike and Mike in the Morning

The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Fox Sports Tonight with Rob Dibble and Amy Van Dyken

Best Sports Studio Host

Dan Patrick

Bob Costas

Rich Eisen

Chris Rose

Chris Berman

Best Studio Show


Football Night in America

Sunday NFL Countdown

NFL Total Access

MLB Tonight

Best Regional Radio Show

Gresh and Zo 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston, MA

The Michael Kay Show- 98.7 ESPN Radio New York

Mike Francesca – 101.9 WFAN New York

Mike Valenti & Terry Foster- WXYT-FM Detroit, MI

Dan LeBatard- WAXY- Miami,FL

Best National Play by Play 

Jim Nantz

Brent Musberger

Brad Nessler

Mike “Doc” Emrick

Al Michaels

Best National Color Analyst

Phil Simms

Mike Mayock

Daryl Johnston

Jeff Van Gundy

Jon Gruden

Best Regional Play by Play-TV

Don Orsillo

Michael Kay

Sam Rosen

Jack Edwards

Gary Thorne

Best Regional Color Analyst- TV

Ron Darling

Ken Singleton

Al Leiter

Jerry Remy

Jim Palmer

Best Regional Play by Play- Radio

Bob Papa

Gil Santos

Jon Miller

Howie Rose

Kenny Albert

Best Regional Color Analyst- Radio

Scott Zolak

Marty Lyons

Eric Allen

Bob Beers

Jamie Baker

Best Regional Sports Network

YES Network


Sunshine Network

Fox Sports Dallas

Root Sports Pittsburgh

Best Studio Analyst

Jack Curry YES Network

Charles Barkley TNT

Harold Reynolds, MLB Network

Rodney Harrison, NBC

Shaun O’Hara, NFL Network


Well since this is 12/12/12, I have decided to pay homage and kiss the ass some more of the Greatest # 12 in NFL History, no not Gus Frerotte, Tom Brady.

Some of these moments are no brainers, some you may scratch your head at.  The Super Bowl Wins, The Big Regular Season games, and the defining moments.  The Super Bowl losses also make it because they are what make the man that wears # 12 for the New England Patriots, The MAN.

Top 12 Tom Brady Moments

12. The First Start


11. Brady breaks Urlacher’s ankles


10. The Catch


9. Super Bowl XXXVIII


8. Super Bowl 42 & 46


7. Welcome Back


6. Super Bowl 39


5.  Giselle


4.  Patriot Games


3. 16-0, 2007

Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Russ Hochstein

2. Super Bowl XXXVI


1. Snow Bowl, January 2002


25 Days of Christmas, Dec 12

On the 12th day of Brewmas we offer up our version of a 12,12,12 deal and with that we feature the greatest # 12 in NFL History. Tom Brady.

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What’s Brewin Twitter Top Lists

It is once again that time of year for the What’s Brewin’ Twitter Top Lists.  But unlike last year where we just gave a top list we break down several categories. Of course I believe I should be number 1 but show staff doesn’t count.

What’s Brewin Network Staff
Brew @HiMyNameIsBrew
Ricky @rickinator555
Wassel @ChrisWasselTHW
Rosie @_TimRosenthal
Howie @HWirth

Top Media

  1. Ian Rappoport @RapSheet
  2. Albert Breer @AlbertBreer
  3. Andy Gresh @GreshandZo
  4. Marc Sessler‏ @MarcSesslerNFL
  5. Jack Curry @JackCurryYES
  6. Tom E. Curran @tomecurran
  7. Trenni Kusnierek @trenni
  8. Dan Patrick @dpshow
  9. Joe Auriemma @joeauriemmaYES
  10. Chris Shearn @ChrisShearnYES

Top Athletes

  1. Scott Zolak @ScottZolak – Zolak has to be number 1, every Sunday during games he loses his mind
  2. Joe Andruzzi @Andruzzi63
  3. Matt Chatham @Chatham58
  4. Logan Morrison @LoMoMarlins
  5. Alexandra Raisman  @Aly_Raisman
  6. Cat Osterman @CatOsterman
  7. Tino Martinez @martinezt24
  8. Jennie Finch @jfinch27
  9. Joba Chamberlain @Joba62
  10. Shaun O’Hara @ShaunOHara60

Top celebrity

  1. Chrissy Teigen @chrissyteigen

Top professional sports franchise 

  1. New England Patriots @Patriots

Top fan gear spots

  1. Bald Vinny @baldvinny
  2. Supah Fans @supahfans
  3. Smack Apparel @smackapparel

Person you should follow but aren’t

The Iron Sheik @the_ironsheik


25 Days of Christmas, December 9

On the 9th day of Brewmas,  We offer up Sports Fan Electronics Accessories.  Looking for the perfect gift for the sports fan who has everything, may we suggest.

iHip NFL DJ Style Headphone with In-Line Microphone

611+0VXkzFL._SL1200_ The iHip NFL  DJ style headphone features an in-line microphone with in-line volume control for added convenience. The cord is removable and the sleek, modern design adds to it’s high quality audio sound. Show off your favorite  teams’ colors and logo while listening to your favorite music.

NFL iPad Case

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iHip NFL Officially Licensed Universal TV Remote


Team ProMark Iphone 4 Phone Case


Centon  NFL DataStick Keychain V2 4 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive


NFL New England Patriots Neoprene Sleeve for 15- to 16-Inch Laptop


25 Days of Christmas, December 8

For the 8th day of our Holiday Gift Guide we have selected to  give you a run down of our favorite sports books.  Many of these titles have come through the What’s Brewin in Sports hallways.

Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball by R.A. Dickey


An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray-and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers-and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap.

Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life- affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more-a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.

Paterno by Joe Posnanski

paterno_joe_posnanski_a_pJoe Posnanski’s biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach’s personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno’s life covering the coach, on (and off) the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno’s legendary career.


Joe Posnanski, who in 2012 was named the Best Sportswriter in America by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was with Paterno and his family as a horrific national scandal unfolded and Paterno was fired. Within three months, Paterno died of lung cancer, a tragic end to a life that was epic, influential, and operatic.


Paterno is the fullest description we will ever have of the man’s character and career. In this honest and surprising portrait, Joe Posnanski brings new insight and understanding to one of the most controversial figures in America.

Sports Illustrated Football’s Greatest by Editors of Sports Illustrated

180093340 This is the book to end all arguments-and to start many others. Who’s the greatest quarterback of all time, Joe Montana or Tom Brady? Brett Favre? Who was the most dominate linebacker, Lawrence Taylor or Dick Butkus? Was Deion Sanders better than Ronnie Lott? Are the Packers of Steelers the greatest franchise ever? Sports Illustrated has polled its pro football experts to determine the Top 10 in more than 20 categories. The rankings appear alongside stirring photography and classic stories from SI’s archives.

This is the best of the NFL’s best, or more simply, FOOTBALL’S GREATEST.

100 Things Notre Dame Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things…Fans Should Know) by John Heisler

100-Things-Notre-Dame-Fans-Should-Know-Do-Before-They-Die-9781600782541 With traditions, records, and Fighting Irish lore, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Notre Dame fan should know. It contains crucial information such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Notre Dame covers the game day walk from the Basilica to the Stadium, Joe Montana’s legendary comeback performance in the 1979 Cotton Bowl, and the history of the green jersey tradition.

Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, and Football at West Point by Joe Drape

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The football team at the U.S. Military Academy is not like other college football teams. At other schools, athletes are catered to and coddled at every turn. At West Point, they carry the same arduous load as their fellow cadets, shouldering an Ivy League–caliber education and year-round military training. After graduation they are not going to the NFL but to danger zones halfway around the world. These young men are not just football players, they are soldiers first.

New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape takes us inside the world of Army football, as the Black Knights and their third-year coach, Rich Ellerson, seek to turn around a program that had recently fallen on hard times, with the goal to beat Navy and “sing last” at the Army-Navy game in December. The 2011 season would prove a true test of the players’ mettle and perseverance.

Drawing on his extensive and unfettered access to the players and the coaching staff, Drape introduces us to this special group of young men and their achievements on and off the field. Anchoring the narrative and the team are five key players: quarterback Trent Steelman, the most gifted athlete; linebacker Steve Erzinger, who once questioned his place at West Point but has become a true leader; Andrew Rodriguez, the son of a general and the top scholar-athlete; Max Jenkins, the backup quarterback and the second-in-command of the Corps of Cadets; and Larry Dixon, a talented first-year running back. Together with Coach Ellerson, his staff, and West Point’s officers and instructors, they and their teammates embrace the demands made on them and learn crucial lessons that will resonate throughout their lives—and ours.

Out of the Blue by Victor Cruz, Peter Schrager

174527384 Victor Cruz, the Super Bowl-winning and record-breaking wide receiver, is best known for his explosive plays and salsa touchdown celebrations. While his meteoric rise in the NFL looked like the result of a magical year, it was actually a lifetime in the making.

Raised in Paterson, New Jersey’s gritty Fourth Ward, Cruz overcame numerous setbacks through hard work, perseverance, and the support of his loving family—from his grandmother who gave him his signature dance moves; to his late father, a former firefighter, who introduced him to football and taught him how to play; to his hard-working, single mother who never let him give up in the face of a challenge. They all helped to keep him on the right path, as did his coaches, but Cruz’s journey was never easy. There were family tragedies, academic struggles, injuries, and more. In this inspiring, never-before-seen account, Cruz pays tribute to the people and places that made him the man he is today, recounts his most defining moments, and illustrates how his hardships ultimately unleashed his impenetrable will to win.

Out of the Blue is a candid and moving reflection of an overlooked and undersized athlete with an uncommon last name in American football that was determined to beat the odds and earn his chance to succeed.

Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback by Sean Glennon


Showcasing one of professional football’s best players, this book spotlights the life and career of gridiron great Tom Brady. More than just a biography, it relates Brady’s story while also establishing his prominent place in NFL history. By examining his skills and statistics in a variety of categories and comparing him to other great quarterbacks—including Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, Roger Staubach, and more—the guide makes a strong case for Brady as football’s best signal caller. Along the way, his best moments as a Patriot are revisited, from championship seasons and his favorite receivers to his relationship with legendary coach Bill Belichick. With detailed sidebars on Brady’s celebrity status, fashion sense, much-talked-about hair, and supermodel wife, this is a must-have for faithful New England fans and pro football buffs alike.

Total Patriots: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the World-Class Franchise by Bob Hyldburg

531847037214339367_U2ThuQwv_c The New England Patriot s first Super Bowl championship in 2001, followed by dramatic back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 2003 and 2004, marked the culmination of more than 40 years of spirited competition on the gridiron and the arrival of a football dynasty. Along the way, the Patriots have endured their fair share of trials and tribulations and have forged a proud franchise that featured the talents of legends including Babe Parilli, Nick Buoniconti, Jim Nance, Jim Plunkett, John Hannah, Steve Grogan, Sam Cunningham, Russ Francis, Steve Nelson, Stanley Morgan, Andre Tippett, Irving Fryar, Drew Bledsoe, Ty Law, Doug Flutie, Willie McGinest, Adam Vinatieri, Randy Moss, and many others.

Total Patriots: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the World-Class Franchise delves into that rich history with an unparalleled enthusiasm for the statistics and stories that comprise one of the most respected franchises in professional sports. Author Bob Hyldburg s meticulous research uncovered a wealth of never-before published data. From the team s early days in the AFL- when the Boston Patriots were led by Butch Songin, Gino Cappelletti, and Babe Parilli to its dynasty days under the leadership of Tom Brady, Troy Brown, and Tedy Bruschi, this book is the ultimate resource for Patriots fans, football historians, and trivia buffs alike.

This illustrated volume contains profiles of the more than 960 players who have worn the uniform, from Rabih Abdullah to Scott Zolak; season-by-season narratives spanning five decades of Patriots football; a battery of statistics and records; and treasure trove of unforgettable moments, anecdotes, and fun facts. Total Patriots is for anyone who considers him- or herself a die-hard Patriots fan, as well as for anyone who loves the game of football enough to appreciate this franchise s unique place in NFL history.

The Ultimate Reference Book for Every Patriots Fan

Total Patriots is the first and only comprehensive New England Patriots encyclopedia. This impressive volume includes games and players statistics, game-story recaps, player profiles, and dramatic photographs that chronicle this legendary franchise s rich history. Test your knowledge in the trivia chapter, or discover the remarkable achievements of your favorite players.

Bob Hyldburg has created a book for football fanatics to savor and help them recall the most memorable moments in Patriots history in amazing detail. It is sure to be a book that every Patriots fan will enjoy and go back to time and time again to recall a special season, game, player or play. Gino Cappelletti, from his foreword