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Tommy Lasorda Dies at age 93

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda, has passed at the age of 93.

He had been admitted to the ICU in “serious condition” in November for a cardiac related ailment and was recently released from the hospital.

According to his family, the 93 year-old MLB legend was not suffering from COVID related complications.

According to TMZ, Lasorda was admitted to the hospital in November but his course worsened and he required ventilatory support.

Lasorda was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 after winning 2 World Series and close to 1600 games managing the LA Dodgers.

Dodgers: A look back at Tommy Lasorda's pitching career
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What’s a Groin Injury and How Do We Treat It?

Groin injuries are unfortunately common in sports, as seen on Monday night when Las Vegas Raider’s Quarterback, Derek Carr, sustained a left groin injury leaving the game early.

Raiders QB Derek Carr leaves game with groin injury - ABC News

But fortunately most heal on their own.

Groin injuries can occur from strain of any of the muscles surrounding the groin area.

Groin Strain - Western New York Urology Associates, LLC

During running, pivoting, falling, training, or lifting, one could injure the muscle fibers.

They are graded based on how much of the muscle has torn with the following designations:

Grade 1 – less than 5% of muscle fibers affected with ability to walk and do most activities still intact.

Grade 2 – more muscle is involved in the injury and walking is more difficult

Grade 3 – a complete tear of the muscle or tendon may be present

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Most mild to moderate groin strains can be treated with ice, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, moist heat, stretching, massage therapy and compression wraps.

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Surgery may be needed for more severe muscle tears.

Recover time ranges from a few weeks to months depending on severity of the groin injury.

At this time the severity of Carr’s injury is being assessed and his return to play is not yet known.

This is a developing story.

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Tommy Lasorda in Intensive Care for Possible Heart Issues

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Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda, has been admitted to the ICU in “serious condition” this weekend.

According to his family, the 93 year-old MLB legend is not suffering from COVID related complications.

According to TMZ, Lasorda was admitted to the hospital one week ago but his course worsened and he required ventilatory support.

The LA Dodgers tweeted the following:

Lasorda was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 after winning 2 World Series and close to 1600 games managing the LA Dodgers.

Dodgers: A look back at Tommy Lasorda's pitching career
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He is currently in a hospital in Orange County, CA “resting comfortably.”

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Mike Tyson Admits to Using Prosthesis To Pass Drug Tests

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On an episode of HotBoxin’ with UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitsky, Mike Tyson discussed what he did to pass drug tests.

Tyson said “I don’t even blame the athletes,” discussing how this is “their dream” and the struggle some athletes have when they tell themselves, “I can make sure I’m better if I take this.”

Tyson states, “Sometimes we doubt who we are,” and the notion that “it makes me better” will drive one to make the choice of using performance-enhancing drugs. But he states, “but some will fight without it.”

Mike Tyson then described how he would use a Whizzinator, a prosthetic penis, to pass his drug tests during his fighting days.

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He said he put his baby’s urine in it, not wanting to use his wife’s in case the results would show he was “pregnant”.

Most athletes undergo drug testing that involves a witness watching the urination, ensuring the urine sample is being made authentically (coming out of the urethra).

Prosthetics like the Whizzinator offer a fake appendage with a bag to hold “fake urine”, which the user can dispense opening a valve while it appears they are preparing their body part for urination. “Heating packs” warm up the liquid or fake urine to resemble body temperature. The appendages come in a variety of colors to match the user’s skin tone.

“Iron Mike” is considered one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time.

In addition to the unfair advantage performance enhancers provide, an athlete may also suffer serious medical issues such as heart attacks, stroke and emboli.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Sustains Severe “Right Ankle” Injury

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On Sunday, in a home game against the NY Giants, Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott sustained a right compound ankle fracture and dislocation in third quarter.

Building on the momentum of catching an 11 yard touchdown pass, Prescott tried to run a first down himself when he was sidelined by Giant’s Logan Ryan.

He was visibly in pain and was grabbing his mid calf – suggesting fracture or muscle/tendon injury.

He was urgently carted off the field and Andy Dalton took over as QB for the rest of the game.

A compound fracture is defined as a fracture that breaks through nearby skin. Not only does this imply a severe fracture but also high risk of infection.

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He will be undergoing surgery tonight, and since compound fractures can take months to heal it seems unlikely Dak Prescott will be returning this season.

This is a developing story.

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It Might Be 2020 If……

Jeff Foxworthy made famous “You Might Be a Redneck…..”, playfully putting unique situations into the context of being from the rural US.

Well 2020, notorious for being a year where if anything negative could happen it would, might be spawning a new stereotype.

So what might happen, simply because it’s 2020?

Well….if you’re about meet your boss and health inspector and your only mask’s ear loop breaks as you walk into the room (and your hands are full)…….it might be 2020….

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If you look forward to a bowl of Lucky Charms and there’s no more marshmallows…..

If you hope to have headlines lit with your debate performance but instead lose out to a fly….

If you get a to-go bag and it only has 1 handle….

If you’re about to video tape your baby’s first steps, but your smartphone informs you, “you’re out of memory”……

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If your kid blows his nose into your mask at a restaurant and it’s the only one you have to wear as you walk out…….

Treating Running Nose in Infants and Kids

If the NOAA/National Hurricane center uses up all its names for the Hurricane season and it’s only mid September…..

NOAA to issue updated 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook | National  Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

If you walk out of the shower when your child greets you with their tablet saying his online teacher needs to speak with you right away…..

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You drive 25 miles to drop your ballot off at the Post Office only to find a new one in your home mail box upon return.

Texas Supreme Court blocks some mail-in voting applications a second time –  The Independent Eagle

When you leave the New England Patriots to join a new team who gets 8 penalties in one drive that fails to score……

it might be 2020…….

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Proofread Before You Post to Avoid Racist Misspells

As the Denver Nuggets face the danger of early elimination from the NBA 2020 Western Conference, fans and those in the media face a different kind of danger….posting before they proofread their tweet.

Last week Charlotte Hornets radio announcer John Focke was at his kitchen table when he tried to post, “Shot making in this Jazz-Nuggets game is awesome! Murray and Mitchell going back and forth what a game!”

But the Charlotte Observer explains the “u” and the “t” were replaced with letters that formed the “N-word.”

Focke, did as many in media do, tried to post his thought immediately and before others, but states, “so that it was relevant by the time I posted it. I tried to type it and obviously I mistyped the word ‘Nuggets.’ And I did not reread it — which, as you know, that’s rule No. 1 of working in the media. And unfortunately, I didn’t, because I was trying to get it up as fast as possible. And I hit ‘Send.’”

Once he realized his mistake he deleted the tweet but screen shots secured the mistake in infamy and have resulted in Focke being suspended indefinitely by the Hornets.

Then this week we learned of a similar issue in a post by Denver “D-Mac” McKee, who was tweeting about the Nugget game when he later noticed his mistake. He tweeted:

He then tweeted an apology:

Last night while watching the Nuggets I sent out a tweet commenting on the game. I was horrified when it was brought to my attention that instead of Nuggets I had accidentally posted the N word. I instantly took it down. I despise this word. I find it abhorrent. I am stunned and”

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Although issues such as “spell check” or “fat fingers hitting the wrong key” or “I didn’t have my glasses” have been used ubiquitously for sending the wrong message inadvertently, when it comes to racist or politically incorrect verbiage, one is guilty before proven innocent.

When texting first became popular, many of us would read, re-read and proofread what we planned to send, holding our breath before hitting “enter”, understanding there would be no “take backs.” Then texting became an everyday, every hour, every thought occurrence that people became slack with double-checking errors.

“Wait a sec” would be converted to “want sex”, horrifying both the texter and textee.

But then came the competition to be the first to post. In the social media world, one posting a story minutes after the rest of the feed looses cyber cred, if you will, hence journalists and social media junkies want to avoid looking “lame” or posting something that’s been already considered “common knowledge.”

So we developed a speed in texting and hitting “send”, while abandoning the age old proofreading done during our typing class days.

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I suggest pumping the breaks on being the first to post, make sure there are no misspells or inappropriate words and then after posting, double check what was made public. Mistakes made in the operating room, board meeting, and construction site, for example, have cost many their careers. Posting errors can do the same……

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NFL Players Who Opted Out of the 2020 Season

Due to the COVID pandemic, the 2880 players in the NFL were offered an “opt-out” of this year’s season if they or a family member were at high risk of suffering severe complications due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

If they were considering an opt-out, they needed to commit by the August 6th deadline, and 67 players chose to do so.

According to Theathletic.com, these include:

  • Arizona Cardinals: OL Marcus Gilbert
  • Baltimore Ravens: OT Andre Smith, KR De’Anthony Thomas
  • Buffalo Bills: DT Star Lotulelei, CB E.J. Gaines
  • Carolina Panthers: LB Jordan Mack, LB Christian Miller
  • Chicago Bears: DT Eddie Goldman, S Jordan Lucas
  • Cincinnati Bengals: OT Isaiah Prince, DT Josh Tupou
  • Cleveland Browns: G Drew Forbes, OT Drake Dorbeck, DT Andrew Billings, G Colby Gossett, G Malcolm Pridgen
  • Dallas Cowboys: CB Maurice Canady, WR Stephen Guidry, FB Jamize Olawale
  • Denver Broncos: DL Kyle Peko, RT Ja’Wuan James
  • Detroit Lions: DT John Atkins, WR Geronimo Allison, C Russell Bodine
  • Green Bay Packers: WR Devin Funchess
  • Houston Texans: DL Eddie Vanderdoes
  • Indianapolis Colts: LB Skai Moore, CB Marvell Tell, DB Rolan Milligan
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Al Woods, DE Lerentee McCray, CB Rashaan Melvin
  • Kansas City Chiefs: RB Damien Williams, OL Lucas Niang, OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif,
  • Las Vegas Raiders: CB D.J. Killings, DE Jeremiah Valoaga,  LB Ukeme Eligwe
  • Los Angeles Rams: OT Chandler Brewer
  • Miami Dolphins:  WR Allen Hurns, WR Albert Wilson
  • Minnesota Vikings: DT Michael Pierce
  • New England Patriots: RB Brandon Bolden, S Patrick Chung, OT Marcus Cannon*, LB Dont’a Hightower, C/G Najee Toran, FB Danny Vitale, WR Marqise Lee, TE Matt LaCosse
  • New Orleans Saints: TE Cole Wick, TE Jason Vander Laan
  • New York Giants: WR Da’Mari Scott, CB Sam Beal, OT Nate Solder, who is a cancer survivor and whose son is currently battling cancer
  • New York Jets: LB C.J. Mosley, OL Leo Koloamatangi, WR Josh Doctson
  • Philadelphia Eagles: WR Marquise Goodwin
  • San Francisco 49ers: WR Travis Benjamin, OT Shon Coleman, G/C Jake Brendel
  • Seattle Seahawks: OL Chance Warmack
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: T Brad Seaton
  • Tennessee Titans: OT Anthony McKinney
  • Washington Football Team: DL Caleb BrantleyLB Josh Harvey-Clemons

The Chargers, Falcons, and Steelers reported no player withdrawals.

There were 2 types of “opt-out”; those who had a medical necessity (high risk), and those who were not at high risk and chose voluntarily to opt out.

Those in the high risk category were offered a $350,000 stipend. Those in the low risk category received $150,000, counted as a salary advance.

If a player, who didn’t opt out, becomes exposed or needs to leave mid-season, they too will receive a $150,000 stipend minus any salary they had received thus far.

Chief’s Damian Williams chose the opt out as his mother has “Stage 4 Cancer”.

As it appears, according to the above list no quarterbacks have chosen to opt out, nor kickers or punters.

This year the NFL kicks off September 10th.

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The Washington Redskins Are Now The “Washington Football Team”

The Redskins have officially changed their name for the 2020 season and will be called the Washington Football Team.

This name beat out other contenders including the Washington Warriors, the Red Tails, the Red Hawks, and the Red Wolves.

Their logo is the following:

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This will serve as the current team’s name and logo until a new one is chosen.

After years of pressure, and recent threat of multiple sponsor pullout, the 87 year-old NFL team dropped the Redskin logo and name delineating a Native American Chief.

Their twitter account also brands a gold W with a burgundy background.

@WashingtonNFL

In 1932 the franchise was born, but played in Boston’s Braves Field and hence was originally the Braves.

Then the next year they moved to Fenway Park and took on the name Redskins. In 1937 they moved to Washington DC and remained ever since, winning 3 Superbowls.

The burgundy and gold colors will remain once a new name is chosen.

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