Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 15

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAgent Orange fitting nickname for TrumpWhen someone continually attempts to belittle and degrade scores of people via chronic name calling solely on the basis that they’re not in line with his particular way of thinking, perhaps tagging that individual with an appropriate name of his own is in order.Agent Orange is an extremely toxic herbicide that was spread from airplanes to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam during a war that 58,000 U.S. service members died in. (Some people may have avoided that war because of bone spurs.)Agent Orange’s long-lasting toxic effects to plants, animals and humans still have negative health, ecological and sociopolitical consequences some 50-plus years after its use.An agent is a person that has the authorization and power to act on another’s behalf. Obviously, the president of the United States fits that definition and can, with no argument, be called an agent.  Orange is a color that most assuredly can be associated with Trump, verifiable by looking at, for the most part, any picture of him.Considering the president’s constant attempts, some of which are successful, to undermine health care, the environment and productive relations with America’s allies, as well as the United States Constitution, one can surmise the result of this toxic behavior will have long-lasting negative health, ecological and sociopolitical effects.Therefore, one would conclude that no issue be taken when following the lead of our name-calling president, by most appropriately calling him the name “Agent Orange.”Lou Restifo Sr.Burnt HillsStop referring to our children as kidsWhy are we still calling our children “kids,” when it says in the Word of God (Bible) that a kid is a sacrificial animal. Are we sacrificing our own children by using the term kid when we are angry at them for something? Or are we just not thinking about what we are truly saying? I was greatly appreciated to learn by a true man of God when he let the people know what harm we might be doing by calling our children kids. I thank God that I repented of such foolishness, and I now refer to all children as children, not the k-word.Bonita CadeSchenectadyExpand number of sites for early votingThis year, New Yorkers have nine additional days to vote, including two weekends before Election Day, but no one seems to know about it.No more do you have to wait till after work, then go stand in line at 8 p.m. No more do you have to choose between picking kids up at childcare and stopping off to vote. This will make a huge difference, especially for working parents.Early voting will take place in every county in New York state from Saturday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 3. Voting during early voting is the same as voting on Election Day.You will check in to vote, receive your ballot and vote as any other election. Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, and people will vote at their regular polling places on Election Day.But in Montgomery County, there is only one place to vote early, and that’s at the Board of Elections office in Fonda. Beginning Oct. 26, the Montgomery County Early Voting Poll site will be located at the Montgomery County Old Courthouse, located at 9 Park Street in Fonda. This does not make it easy to vote early for people who don’t have a car. Surely, an early polling place in the city of Amsterdam would be useful.We need multiple polling places across the county, especially in population centers, so that the maximum number of people can exercise their right to vote.Anita SanchezAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Subscription gains help NY Times weather ad slump

first_imgThat brought the number of digital-only subscriptions to 5.7 million and total subscriptions to 6.5 million, putting the newspaper on track to its goal of 10 million subscribers.”We’ve proven that it’s possible to create a virtuous circle in which whole-hearted investment in high quality journalism drives deep audience engagement which in turn drives revenue growth and further investment capacity,” said outgoing chief executive Mark Thompson.”This is why our newsroom is growing when so many others are being reduced.”The New York Times Co. announced last month Meredith Kopit Levien would take over as new president and chief executive from Thompson, who held the job for eight years and led the daily’s digital transformation. Topics : The New York Times on Wednesday reported strong gains in its digital subscriptions, helping the newspaper weather a big decline in advertising revenue.The prestigious daily said profit in the second quarter dipped six percent to $23.7 million, while revenues declined 7.5 percent to $404 million.The newspaper added some 669,000 online subscribers in the quarter including 493,000 for its core news product. center_img Kopit Levien, 49, has been chief operating officer since June 2017, a role in which she led digital product efforts, according to the company.”As I turn over the reins on September 8 to Meredith Kopit Levien, I do so with every confidence that The Times will continue to lead the way in showing that people will pay for accurate, trustworthy news, and that there is a sustainable future for deeply-reported, mission-driven journalism,” Thompson said.The latest quarter results showed a sharp 44 percent drop in ad revenues, attributed to lower demand caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and related economic turmoil.Subscription revenue increased 8.4 percent, and accounted for more than 70 percent of receipts at the Times, in line with the strategy to reduce dependence on advertising.Thompson said that “for the first time in our history total digital revenue exceeded print revenue — a key milestone in the transformation of The New York Times.”last_img read more

Arsene Wenger hits back at Unai Emery and denies Arsenal were in decline

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 17 Feb 2020 11:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Comment Advertisement Unai Emery claimed Arsenal were in decline when he succeeded Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has hit back at Unai Emery and denied Arsenal were in decline when the Spaniard succeeded him at the Emirates.Emery was dismissed in November, barely 18 months on from replacing the legendary Frenchman and has subsequently sighted a number of factors in his downfall.The Spaniard last week criticised the attitude of a number of his senior players and attempted to paint his only full season in charge as a success, despite blowing Champions League qualification and presiding over a humiliating Europa League final defeat at the hands of Chelsea.He said: ‘Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league, only one point off Tottenham despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches. Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal in November following a miserable run of results (Picture: Getty)‘We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went wrong in the end. But it was a good season and we had this notion of continuing to improve.’Wenger, however, refuted Emery’s accusation, insisting he inherited a club in rude health, and hinted he should accept responsibility for his own failings.‘In 2017 we made 75 points and won the FA Cup so you cannot say that [Arsenal were in decline] and the year before [2016] we finished second in the league,’ Wenger said at the Laureus World Sports Awards.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘2018 was my last year but it is very difficult to come out on that.‘Arsenal is a club that is in a very strong position financially. It has good players, after that when you are a manager you have to stand up for what you do and your result and not look around you.‘That is the only thing you can do.’MORE: Paul Scholes slams Chelsea bench and claims Jose Mourinho would have got Harry Maguire sent offMORE: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Mino Raiola’s comments in row over Paul Pogba Advertisement Arsene Wenger hits back at Unai Emery and denies Arsenal were in declinelast_img read more

Bernd Leno insists Arsenal can spring a surprise against Manchester City

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jun 2020 9:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link242Shares Bernd Leno is backing his Arsenal side to down the Premier League champions (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno believes his side can take advantage of Manchester City’s rustiness next week thanks to Mikel Arteta’s inside knowledge of the Premier League champions.The Gunners travel tot he Etihad on Wednesday 17 June, the Premier League’s first day back after the coronavirus hiatus, as they look to continue the impressive form they were showing before the break.Arteta’s side had won their previous three league games before the global pandemic put the calendar on pause and risen to ninth in the table as a result.Just five points behind Manchester United in fifth place, Arsenal’s chances of a European place are not over and Leno believes they have a good chance of picking up three points on Wednesday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe three-month break creates something of a level playing field, but Leno believes Arsenal have an edge thanks to Arteta working under Pep Guardiola at Man City for three-and-a-half years as a coach.‘We are prepared for the situation without the fans, we have worked during the break on our mindset and our leadership,’ Leno told Sky Sports News. Bernd Leno insists Arsenal can spring a surprise against Manchester City Comment Advertisement Advertisement Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta enjoyed a successful time together at Man CIty (Picture: Reuters)‘We can surprise City because nobody has the rhythm. I’m sure we can have a good start. Mikel (Arteta) knows every player and he knows the manager better than anyone.‘I think Mikel will have a good game-plan and at this level we think we are a very good team.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s return to competitive action hit a stumbling block with a 3-2 friendly defeat to Brentford last week, which drew criticism from former player Paul Merson.However, Arteta has dismissed that result as there were multiple changes in personnel and tactics for the contest against the Bees.‘We’re trying different things,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.’We’re trying to give minutes in their legs to all of the players, obviously you have to change a lot of players through the games‘Getting adapted to playing in an empty stadium as well, not having that energy from the fans. It was good, we played two friendlies, we’re getting a bit of rhythm, we haven’t played for a while, we tried to make is as close as possible to a real game.’MORE: Arsene Wenger responds to calls for him to become Arsenal chairmanMORE: Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette wants assurances from Mikel Arteta ahead of crunch contract talksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Activists stage picket vs ‘criminalization’ of dissent

first_imgMemorandum Order No. 32 enforced a “defacto martial rule” and has “exceeded previous regimes in terms of human rightsviolations,” said Forro. Activists in Iloilo City protest what they describe as “de facto martial rule” in Negros Island, Samar and the Bicol Region due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Memorandum Order No. 32 that bolsters the deployment of government troops in the three areas wrecked by violence. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Bayan Panay demanded the scrapping ofthe memo “together with other policies that continue to criminalize dissentslike Executive Order 70 which targets democratic organizations throughprofiling, denial of government service, harassment, and intimidations.” Memorandum Order No. 32 was issued inNovember last year. “These acts are within the metes andbounds of our democratic rights enshrined in the Constitution and fall far frombeing considered as criminal acts,” stressed Forro./PN According to Elmer Forro, secretarygeneral of Bayan Panay, the memo resulted to bloody operations of governmenttroops primarily targeting activists for a year now. The recent Oct. 31 mass arrests ofactivists in Bacolod City and Negros Occ. was a result of Memorandum Order No.32, he added.center_img ILOILO City – Cause-oriented groupBagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan Panay) staged a picket in front of CampDelgado, headquarters of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), to protestMemorandum Order No. 32 from President Rodrigo Duterte ordering the deploymentof more troops to Negros Island, Samar and the Bicol Region. “Search warrants were irregularlyissued and resulted in hundreds of arrests and killings, particularly inNegros,” said Forro during the Nov. 22 picket. Executive Order 70 issued by thePresident in December 2018 institutionalized the “whole-of-nation approach” incombatting insurgency. Its rationale is: Neither the Armed Forces nor any lawenforcement squad alone can conquer insurgence. All agencies aboard should doits share in ending communist insurgency across the country. The support of allstakeholders must be enlisted. According to Forro, however,anti-people policies such as rice liberalization, oil deregulation, jeepneyphaseout, labor contractualization, privatization of basic social services andutilities, and low wages, among others, are what is pushing the people todissent. Citing data from human rights allianceKarapatan, Forro said political prisoners in Negros reached 91 whileextrajudicial killings of farmers and human rights lawyers climbed to 89.last_img read more

Homecoming at BHS

first_imgDon’t forget that tonight is Homecoming at Batesville High School.  The classes and other organizations have been building floats all week, and they will be in a parade prior to the football game.  They will assemble in town and proceed to the football complex where Batesville will be facing Lawrenceburg.One of the highlights every year for high school students is Homecoming.  Besides the parade and floats, there are prince, princess, queen and king candidates who will be crowned during halftime ceremonies.  I bet even some of you old timers still know who your high school homecoming queen was.  See you tonight at the parade and ball game.last_img read more

Hockey News Indian Women’s Hockey Team Qualifies For 2020 Tokyo Olympics Beating USA 6-5 On Aggregate

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by after beating USA 6-5 on aggregate despite losing the second match 1-4 in the double-leg FIH Qualifiers in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.After thrashing USA 5-1 on Friday, the Indian girls looked a pale shadow of themselves on Saturday as USA raced to a 4-0 lead in the first half, courtesy goals from Amanda Magadan (5th, 28th minutes), skipper Kathleen Sharkey (14th) and Alyssa Parker (20th). India’s vital goal was scored by captain Rani Rampal in the 48th minute.Indian women have participated in the 1980 Moscow Olympics and qualified again in Rio after 36 years.This is the second time in a row that they have made it to the tournament proper despite a huge scare after the US led the hosts 4-0 at half-time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

UW keys on limiting big plays

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter a hard-fought road victory and a bye week to get healthy, the Wisconsin football team is set to open Big Ten play on the road against Michigan. The team will travel to Ann Arbor this Saturday to take on MichiganBut as they get set to face a Wolverines, a squad looking to get on the right track after a disappointing 1-2 start to the season. , they’ll have to avoid something that nearly cost them the game against Fresno State: giving up big plays.The Wolverines present another tough road test for the Badgers, as UW’s last win in Ann Arbor came in 1994.This is a different Wisconsin team — one that has just beaten a formidable opponent in Fresno State. The Badger defense had a strong showing against the Bulldogs, holding them to a mere 10 points. But Fresno State nearly stole the game by taking advantage of big plays. In fact, 165 of Fresno State’s 343 yards of total offense came on just three plays.“Those three plays were all missed tackles,” said UW defensive coordinator Dave Doeren said. “We have got to just keep working on it.”Doeren’s defense held Fresno State in check until Devon Wylie brought his team back to within striking distance following a 47-yard touchdown reception. Running back Ryan Mathews would have given his team the lead with a long reception if not for a game-saving tackle by senior linebacker Jonathan Casillas.The Badger defense realizes those big plays could have easily cost them the game, and Doeren said his unit needs to tackle better in space to eliminate the big play threat.“Teams are going to make plays,” Doeren said. “It’s college football, but you have got to limit them.” Using the experience gained in a hostile environment at Fresno, the Badgers will now focus their attention on Michigan, who is capable of producing big plays of their own.First on the team in rushing and second in receiving, freshman running back Sam McGuffie headlines the Wolverine offensive attack. McGuffie is a quick and shifty running back, capable of picking up huge chunks of yardage when given space. The Badgers secondary is well aware of the talent Michigan possesses on the offensive side of the ball, and they realize that the game can be won and lost on big plays.Free safety Shane Carter, who led the team in interceptions last year with seven, understands the importance of stopping big plays and what his role is to his team’s success. Carter’s free safety position requires him to be the last line of defense, a role that suits him just fine.“I’m the last man back there,” Carter said. “You’re counted on to bring them down, and I relish that opportunity.”Carter also knows that some mistakes were made that led to big plays against Fresno State, and that they must be corrected.“You can’t get frustrated,” Carter said. “You have got to learn from it, and go out there and fix it.”Long plays nearly cost UW the game in Fresno, and the secondary will be relied upon once again to keep those plays in front of them in Michigan. Senior cornerback Allen Langford, the most experienced member of the Wisconsin secondary, will have the challenge of going up against Michigan’s talented wide receivers. Langford knows what it takes to keep an offense like the Wolverines’ from making plays.“We have got to be disciplined,” Langford said. “We need to be fundamentally sound, and make good tackles out there.”But perhaps the most important thing that Langford has learned throughout his time as a cornerback is what it takes mentally. Cornerbacks are so often isolated and forced make open- field tackles, and Langford has come to learn that the position demands more than just the physical skills.“You have got to play with that swagger, play with that confidence, to know that no matter what, you’re going to line up and dominate your opponent,” Langford said.Wisconsin’s young secondary must embrace the challenges that lie ahead, and play with the confidence it takes to make plays in the open field. The Badgers will again be tested on the road, this time by a familiar foe. For UW to be successful, it is clear that big plays must be contained, especially on the road where the momentum can shift in an instant.Doeren and his defense are ready for the challenge and know that playing well away from Camp Randall is vital for the team’s success.“If you want to be a championship team, you have got to win on the road,” Doeren said. “The guys are excited to go to their stadium and play.”last_img read more

Different mindset leads to improved treatment

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)There are no broken bones, no apparent bleeding and no stitches to be made. But concussions are among the most serious — and most common — injuries in sports.It’s easy to fix a broken finger; it’s a lot harder to fix a broken mind. Likewise, while ice can help reduce the swelling from a broken bone, icing the brain is not exactly an option.Yet, until recently, concussions were viewed as just a part of the game in most contact sports, especially ice hockey.Having suffered 10 concussions during his eight-year NHL career, Mike Eaves, head coach of the Wisconsin men’s hockey program is quite familiar with such head injuries and the mentality that came along with them at the time.“It was accepted that guys got their bells rung,” Eaves said. “So you got your bell rung, shake it off. You got a little headache; it’s OK. Just be tough and play through it.”Eaves’ last concussion came on Sept. 21, 1985, when he collided with Pat Price of the Quebec Nordiques during Calgary’s preseason opener in Quebec City.That hit was the first one that really made him think about the impact of concussions on his future, Eaves said. While it was not one of the harder hits he’d been on the receiving end of in his career, it still resulted in a concussion, sending a message to Eaves, who was 28 years old at the time.“When I went to go out on the power play, I got this feeling of d?j? vu like I’d been there, and for the first time it spooked me,” Eaves said. “I thought, ‘this is not right. I did not get hit that hard to have this happen.’“All the other concussions, I’d been hit a lot harder — there was no question I was coming back. But I was 28 years old, the neurologist did all the tests, and I remember him saying, ‘Mike, you don’t have any permanent damage right now. But I can’t guarantee you, because of your history, that next time you get hit something bad won’t happen.’”One month later, Eaves retired for the first time on Oct. 21, 1985. He would return briefly during the 1986 Stanley Cup playoffs when Flames forward Carey Wilson was forced out of the lineup with an injury.Eaves played in eight of the Flames’ final 11 games, and he retired for a second and final time after Calgary lost in the Stanley Cup finals.Of course, Eaves certainly is not alone as far as concussions and hockey are concerned. Some of the greatest players in NHL history have had their careers affected or even shortened by concussions.Since 1996, more than 30 NHL players have had their careers ended by concussions. Among them is Eric Lindros, who suffered eight concussions in his 13-year NHL career.According to Eaves, keeping his head up — something Lindros never had to do as a kid because he was always the biggest — may have saved Lindros a few visits to the trainer.“All of a sudden, he turns pro. Guys are pretty big and strong, and he gets caught with his head down, and look what happened to him,” Eaves said. “You’ve got to know where people are; you’ve got to know what’s going on around you on the ice.”Another Wisconsin and NHL alum, Chris Tancill, suffered four concussions during his professional and amateur hockey career.For Tancill, who now coaches the Junior Jets 1998’s (11-12 year olds) hockey team in Madison, the last concussion was by far the worst.“You can YouTube me and see. I got knocked out,” Tancill said. “My last NHL game, actually, I got knocked out with a concussion, and I missed about six weeks. That year, with the Dallas Stars, they did a concussion test at the beginning of the year, and they did a test after I got hit, and they realized that I was a little messed up, so they sat me down.”While the test performed on Tancill in 1998 was not as technologically advanced, it was a precursor to what has made such a difference in concussion treatment today. The ImPACT test, which two doctors developed in the early 1990s, is a 20-minute computer-based test that has become the most widely used system for concussion management.The test is administered before the season to establish a baseline, and athletes undergo the ImPACT test again following a concussion to evaluate their progress toward a full recovery.“It’s a series of tests involving words and numbers that focus on memory and reaction time,” UW athletic trainer Andy Hrodey said. “After a concussion, your brain doesn’t work as well sometimes; it’s slowed down, so to speak. So, in the first one, you may have trouble remembering those words. In the second one, your reaction time may be slowed down.Its popularity has grown rapidly, and nearly every team in the NHL, NFL, MLB and MLS, as well as a handful of NBA teams, currently use it. At the University of Wisconsin, every athlete takes the test when arriving on campus as a freshman, providing a baseline that can be used throughout his or her four- or five-year careers.ImPACT testing is beginning to pop up in high schools across the country as well, including a number of Wisconsin schools. Students who participate in contact sports at both Madison West and Edgewood High School in Madison began taking the test this year.“Our athletic director said, ‘I want everybody ImPACT tested,’” West hockey head coach Brett Farley said. “If there’s any sign at all that we think that they might’ve gotten hurt with a head injury, they go see the trainer. … Concussions, we don’t even mess around with it. She gets them tested again, and they don’t come back until the test is in the clear.”In addition to ImPACT testing, Farley’s team has taken part in the Messier Project, which introduced new helmets designed specifically to help prevent concussions in hockey.According to its website, five NHL players, six AHL players, seven NCAA schools and a large number of high school, prep and youth programs currently wear the Mark Messier-sponsored Cascade M11 helmets.For the West hockey team, this decision was not, however, one made by the school. Instead, one particular player’s parents bought him the helmet after hearing about the project. Shortly thereafter, 15 others followed suit on the Regents’ 20-player team.Since adopting the new helmets, West has had just one player suffer a concussion. Coincidentally, that player also happened to be one of the four who did not purchase one of the new helmets.“What Messier is doing goes beyond simply trying to bring awareness to the problem of concussions,” Farley said. “He’s going to a manufacturer and having them build specific helmets that protect against concussions. It shows how much he cares about the issue.”Along with specifically designed helmets, mouth guards are another piece of equipment that some suggest can prevent a concussion. But while well-designed helmets that insulate the skull and brain are widely accepted as a preventative measure, opinions on mouth guards vary from person to person.For example, Farley and Hrodey are among those not convinced that mouth guards provide any additional protection.Yet, Tancill and Pete Rothering, hockey head coach at Edgewood High School, believe in the protection that can be provided by a mouth guard that is molded to fit each player.“While helmets are certainly the most important piece of equipment in that regard, mouth guards also are an important element of concussion prevention,” Rothering said. “An elbow to the head on a blindside hit is one of the most common causes of concussions. Oftentimes these hits can be to the jaw, which can send the impact to the skull and the brain.“With a well-fitted mouth guard, the severity of that impact can be reduced, which can either prevent a head injury, or at the very least, reduce the severity of a concussion.”Little evidence exists to prove that concussions can be prevented using mouth guards. But they are recommended for dental purposes at all levels and required for youth above the age of 12 through the high school level.Still, there’s only so much that equipment can do for concussion prevention. The biggest changes that have been made and can still be made come through a transformation in the culture and mentality of those involved in hockey regarding head injuries.As Eaves mentioned, it was part of the game for years. Concussions, getting your bell rung, headaches, they all were just something that was dealt with and played through.Today, through ImPACT testing at all levels and the development of new policies regarding hits to the head, concussions — especially multiple concussions sustained by one player over a short period of time — are becoming less likely.For example, hits to the head have become a specific on-ice penalty at the college, high school and youth levels. In the NHL, suspensions and fines can be levied, though no on-ice penalties can be called.Such a policy is just one example of the impact different levels of hockey have on each other.Across the board, whether it is new helmet designs, other equipment innovations or policy changes on policing head injuries in the game, things typically operate from the top down in hockey. As something, such as concussions, becomes an issue at the NHL level, it funnels down to the college level, then high school and finally to youth hockey.This can have an impact on youth, high school and college hockey in two ways. First, they implement new policies based on what the NHL does in previous years. But additionally, policy changes at the top, once they reach the lowest levels, become the norm.Young athletes who grow up with required equipment or special attention paid to hits to the head become more accustomed to and accepting of such policies as they continue to grow and move up the ranks. As a result, it’s easier to police at the higher levels as well.“It takes some time for things to go from the pros to college to the high school level,” Rothering said. “With the added emphasis on head shots this year in college and the NHL, it’s likely we could see even more focus on it at our level next year.”With the amount of contact in the game of hockey, however, it’s nearly impossible to avoid being hit or even hits to the head. But one way to lessen the frequency of such hits is through proper instruction of fundamentals and techniques at all levels.Rothering, who played hockey through high school, spends a considerable amount of time teaching his players to play the right way — with their heads up and elbows down while avoiding checking from behind.This season, three Edgewood hockey players suffered concussions, which Rothering said is about average. While he does all he can to teach his players to avoid causing or receiving concussions, Rothering continues to emphasize proper post-concussion treatment.“It’s not like an injury to your hamstring or your shoulder or your leg,” Rothering said. “It’s not something you can just tough out. I think it’s especially important for kids to keep that in mind because returning too soon makes you more susceptible to suffering another one.”However, the drawback of such increased focus on hits to the head became apparent for Eaves and Wisconsin this year in the Frozen Four.During the championship game, UW’s John Mitchell was penalized for a hit to the head that appeared to be nothing more than a Boston College player failing to get out of Mitchell’s way.Eaves was unhappy with the call in the Badgers’ final game because he did not believe that kind of hit, with hockey being a contact sport, was what the rule was implemented to stop.“That’s not what it’s meant to do,” Eaves said. “But at the same time, when guys are getting blindsided and hits to the head, then I think those are the things that we’re trying to take out of the game. Guys are skating faster, equipment is a lot harder, and I think we have to put more emphasis on the guys hitting to make sure that they understand what’s going on.”In addition to calling penalties for hits to the head, Eaves suggested another option for reducing concussions at the college level, one with which some may not agree. One person who does share a similar point of view, though, is Tancill.Both Eaves and Tancill, who played at UW and in the NHL, think eliminating the full facemask style helmets in college and switching to a pro-style half shield would make a difference.They believe the additional facial exposure instills more fear and respect into the players who are less protected than with the full facemask.“I think that at the college level you’ll see headshots maybe more because they’re wearing the full mask,” Tancill said. “As you get to the pro level, there’s a little more respect to hopefully keep the elbows down, but you’re still seeing a lot of that.”Eaves agreed, though he wasn’t sure the collegiate game would ever switch.“If we took off the full face mask and we went to a half shield, there’d be more respect and fear in the game and guys would slow down and be more responsible,” Eaves added. “When you put that cage on, there’s no fear. I’ve had a cage on after I played; you feel invincible inside that thing.“But if you know that you can get your jaw smacked or your nose broke or your lip cut, you’re going to play with your stick down and you’re going to play more controlled is my feeling. I don’t know if the NCAA will get to that point, but I’m sure that it would help.”last_img read more