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More than a few sads:(
I hesitate to post this a day after reporting on the needless deaths of college students, but a lengthy piece in today's paper dealt with the even more needless death, last year, of a local high school football player. Among the scaries and stupids in the story were these:

* New York does not require scholastic teams to have medically-trained personnel on the adult staff.  The other team at this game had an athletic trainer, but the victim's team did not, and thus they missed key chances to get him into treatment earlier than they did.

* What treatment they did attempt can only be described as Keystone Ambulance Korps: EMTs were present, but wouldn't drive the ambulance to his side, to keep the football field from being damaged. Once they walked the stretcher out to get him, they began transport, despite the first-responders admitting they weren't certified for the needed level of treatment; that ambulance was intercepted and he was put on a second one, with properly trained EMTs, but they transported to a Southern Tier hospital without trauma center. Worst of all, even then, they didn't Mercy Flight him to Buffalo. A Womens and Childrens Hospital team drove the 75 miles to Olean, and then back to Buffalo, to get him the appropriate care, but by the time he got here, he was all but DOA.

* Yet the simplest step in a preventive process, which wouldn't have required trained personnel on the sidelines or in the meat wagon, wasn't taken:

Westfield/Brocton did not use baseline tests for its football players. The tests – also suggested but not required in New York – measure an athlete’s brain function in the preseason to set a baseline that can be compared with scores registered after a suspected concussion. The comparison can help determine whether a player in any contact sport should leave the field and whether they might return to play at a later date.

The recent spate of head injury reports in football- some current, others coming to light only after players' retirements and, in some cases, autopsies- has reached the NFL level. No longer do you just go back in with a pat on the ass when you "got your bell rung;" a protocol is in place to ensure that the player knows who he is, what he is doing and what the game situation is before being cleared.  Not so in this podunk, where he was essentially left to his death.

Such indifference by state officials is even more hideous when compared to the technicalities we've seen used in recent weeks to get players off the field for non-injury reasons. In addition to the one I wrote about in Rochester a couple of weeks ago, we had another kerfuffle here this past week when a star prep-school player was suspended for a school-rule violation. He's pissed, but he's alive. (And ironically, one of last month's Night Vale podcasts prominently covered a game being forfeited because their high school's star player didn't, technically, exist.)  Yet the simple inclusion of baselines and questioning protocols would likely have led to this student continuing to exist, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Both schools lawyered up and refused to discuss the incident, or even release the game films, to the newspaper, but they still got the story pretty (and disgustingly) complete.


That was front-page sports news.  Also sad sports news elsewhere in the paper: the longtime organizer of Buffalo's annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, died unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 61:

Tom Donnelly, a devoted father of four, avid runner, good friend and running community organizer credited with leading the annual Turkey Trot race to its current popularity – including this year’s registration sell-out of 14,000 – was found dead by his wife in his Buffalo home Saturday evening of an apparent heart attack. He was 61.

Mr. Donnelly, who was one of nine children, was known for his sense of fun and his management abilities.

“He was tireless,” said his older brother, Bill Donnelly. “He did so much for the race. He was always in the media making contacts. He knew enough to delegate authority too, so he wasn’t doing everything.”

Mr. Donnelly was marketing manager at the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority, where he worked for the last 27 years. For the last decade he worked with the YMCA’s Turkey Trot, founded in 1896 and one of the nation’s oldest road races.

“He’s been running in it since it was just a few hundred runners,” said Bill Donnelly, who remembers introducing his brother to running in 1976. At the time, Tom Donnelly was overweight, out of shape and wanting change.

“I was running marathons and I gave him a pair of my old shoes and he went out and never stopped,” he said.

That's much the same spirit that got me into running shoes and outside for the first time just two years ago, and into that very race the past two Thanksgiving mornings (I'm signed up for this year's, too). Me, just six years younger than he was.

Godspeed, sir.


Our movie choice last night, which we will finish tonight, is Amour, a Cannes Palme d'or winner from a few years back about an elderly French couple facing the downfalls of their bodies while trying to maintain their spirits and their lifelong love.  It begins with first responders breaking down the door of their Paris apartment because of the immediately apparent death of at least one of them- and flashes back, then forward, from there.  At least these guys didn't care about damage to the door.


So. Anybody got any good jokes?

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thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: November 17th, 2014 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Remind me to tell you some horror stories from working sporting events in my youth...

Not a joke, but a lovely sign you'll appreciate nonetheless. When you leave Termini, the main train station in Rome, there are a bunch of tourist kiosks. 1 of the biggest & most prominent flies an Italian flag, as many do...but also a rainbow flag with 'pace' (peace) on it. :) I have a pic that I'll post when I get back to Aber.
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