HOT BLAST: Football, lawyers and protecting your head
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It's August, which means football season is in its infancy. An NFL preseason game was on the tube Sunday night. College teams have started practicing. High school Friday nights are only a few weeks away.

So, let's talk about lawyers.

That's an odd juxtaposition, but it's the gist of this morning's story in the New York Times about the warning labels on football helmets. If you've ever played football (or baseball or lacrosse or anything that uses protective gear), you've likely seen those small labels on the backs of the helmets. Usually, they say, in essence, "Warning: This sport is dangerous. Play at your own risk."

Today's story in the Times discusses those labels, how they've changed over the years, and debates the need for their existence. It's all part of the ongoing and strengthening national discussion about concussion injuries and how for the longest time they haven't been taken seriously enough. Now they are, thanks in part to the multitude of lawsuits former players have filed against the NFL in recent years.

The Times wrote, "Plaintiffs’ lawyers see something more sinister. They say that helmet warnings are a smoke screen to protect manufacturers who promote safety and embolden athletes to play recklessly, yet throw up walls when athletes are injured wearing their helmets."

It's good reading as we eagerly await for kickoff.

-- Phillip Tutor
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