Just in time for the start of the 2013-2014 NFL season, PBS’ long-running Frontline (in tandem with ESPN’s Outside The Lines) will open its 32nd season with an episode on traumatic brain injuries in football. It’s not just a matter of grim reflection, or an academic subject, however. With more comprehensive, modern scientific data on CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) now on offer, thousands of former players are taking on the NFL for allegedly concealing knowledge of the scope and grisliness of the problem. Indeed, the question raised at the end of the above trailer, on how prevalent these injuries may be, is a worthy one — researchers at Boston University, back in January, had found evidence of CTE in 33 of the 34 brains of NFL players they studied.source
The bolded claim is interesting given that there’s not even a good, well-excepted definition of CTE at this point.
I will certainly be watching this; I’m curious how well Frontline will present the actual state of the science.
Saturday morning, the SO and I met one of our good friends at the trailhead in Chautauqua Park. The SO and I recently hiked the Royal Arch Trail, so we opted to hike up to Flatirons #1 and #2. It’s a 4.7-mile hike with a 2700-foot elevation gain, and we spent about two hours hiking and another hour exploring the views at the top.
You can quite see it in this picture, but the Denver skyline is off in the distance.
I could have sat up on these rocks for days.
Here is the SO taking in the sunshine.
Me taking in the views.
Hey, we were up there! This is also the field in which we saw a black fox on our way up. At first, I thought it was a baby black bear, which was kinda like the time I mistook a deer for a donkey.
After our hike, we made our way to a brewery opening near our home, Odd13 Brewing.
The space is really beautiful. From what I’ve read, it was completely renovated by the owners, and they did a wonderful job. I wish I had gotten a picture of the distressed pine (I think?) tables.
I tried a 10oz of the Hawaiian Bartender, which was a saison with mango. It was delicious, perfect for the summertime. We took a growler of Eric the Red, a red IPA, home with us but haven’t had a chance to try it yet.
Then we had pizza at our favorite local pizza place, Apeizza, which concluded the the perfect Colorado day. All before 1pm.