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About thshadow

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  1. I'm pretty sure that this pick is either an awesome pick I could never dream he would be there when we picked, or the worst pick in the history of the draft and I'm never watching the Jets again.
  2. Wait - won't you be too busy doing write-ups about our likely upcoming playoff opponents?
  3. Can't he retake the test? Sometimes it takes my kids 3 or 4 times to finally pass their physics test...
  4. Is there no one on this board with a healthy sense of PTSD about the Jets drafting TEs???? I'm waiting for someone to suggest they should take him in the 2nd round...
  5. That's not right though. The stone case doesn't instantly stop. It "gradually" stops over a couple of inches, depending on how big the "crumple zone" is in the helmet. So the brain (can) stop over a couple of inches plus a couple of millimeters. Note I'm not saying I want that to happen to *my* brain, but that's what happens. Maybe the key point - and the challenge in making the helmet - is to decelerate consistently over the entire distance. Obviously a crumple zone made out of cardboard wouldn't do anything, as it would cause (absorb) a tiny bit of deceleration on initial impact, but there would still be a big sudden one at the end. Similarly, a crumple zone made of concrete would have the opposite effect. You need a material / design which decelerates a "medium" amount...
  6. The force is proportional to v squared - so yes, increasing the speed *greatly* increases the force involved. Better helmets will still reduce that force - but it's quite possible that it won't make a significant difference in concussions / outcomes.
  7. All I'm saying is - a different helmet can / will reduce the forces involved. Whether or not it has a meaningful impact on CTE is a separate question.
  8. I think you're saying that you think the helmet will not affect the movement of the brain inside your skull. That's clearly not true. Bang your head against a wall, or bang it against a padded wall - and it should be obvious that one does more damage than the other.
  9. Again, if you're saying that a helmet's design doesn't make a difference, that's not correct. It's simple physics. If the brain is jello, and you drop it on a pillow, or you drop it on a concrete floor, the force of impact will be reduced with the pillow. It's because of the distance in which it decelerates. At the risk of being too technical (though this is just high school physics): F = ma a = 1/2 * (v^2 / x) So if your head is traveling at some velocity v, and it decelerates to a stop, the force of the deceleration is inversely proportional to the distance in which it stops. If you double the distance, you halve the force. That's how crumple zones work in cars. The size of the crumple zone is extra space in which to decelerate, which dissipates the force of the collision. A helmet could certainly have a "crumple zone" (though it can also be elastic, so it doesn't have to be permanently deformed with an impact). If you double the size of this "crumple zone", you will halve the force of the blow. Obviously, even running and cutting sharply will cause your brain to slosh around. But helmet design (and size) can definitely decrease the forces, and presumably reduce CTE. (Who knows if it can "cure" it, however.)
  10. I think you're all dismissing this too readily. Stuntmen jump off of buildings, but they don't get hurt because they land in a big air bag, and decelerate over some distance. The deceleration force is what causes the damage. And that force is directly affected by the distance in which they decelerate. So if the helmets are bigger, or more specifically if there's more give, so that the head can decelerate consistently over a longer distance, it *will* reduce the internal force / damage.
  11. I always thought that any time someone tries to leap the line, screw the snap count, the lineman should just raise up and place helmet in groin. Worth a 5 yard penalty to prevent anyone from trying that ever again.
  12. Woohoo!
  13. Don't people say *every year* that "this QB class is bad, but NEXT year there are all these studs coming out!" Last year everyone was excited about Watson - and now we're possibly going to get a chance to draft him, and people will say we're reaching.
  14. If the trade only includes draft picks, and draft picks from arbitrarily far in the future can be traded, then it's (countably) infinite. (Unlike real numbers, which are uncountably infinite). If you can only trade draft picks up to some number of years in the future (which I suspect is a league rule), then the number of trades is finite. Though really really really large. Also, adding existing players (or existing humans for that matter) doesn't change the above statements.
  15. I think they should sign Pennington, and give him a clipboard and a headset.