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WASHINGTON - Leonard Marshall endured thousands of brain-rattling hits during his football career, the legacy of which includes a damaged frontal lobe, a broken marriage, mood swings, depression and the suicide of a former teammate. Alex Galchenyuk Canadiens Jersey Authentic .The Super Bowl? Of course hell be watching. Ditto Mondays first-ever college football final.I watch as a fan, says the now-retired defensive lineman.I watched the LSU game... I watched Alabama-Ohio State which I thought was a great ball game. I watched a little bit of (the lopsided) Oregon-Florida State until I couldnt take it anymore, and had to turn the TV off.Despite the toll taken by 12 seasons in the National Football League, most of them with the New York Giants, Marshall still loves a good football game.Hes not alone: even in this annus horribilis for the sport off the field, America cant quit football, either.In a season marked by domestic-violence scandals, coverup accusations, the suicide of a concussion-suffering college player and a potential US$1 billion brain-injury settlement process between the NFL and former players (Marshall is among the plaintiffs), football is smashing ratings records:— College games twice set records for American cable-TV viewership — both in the same day. A pair of Jan. 1 bowl games each drew more than 28 million viewers, about 40 times the typical audience for Canadas university final, the Vanier Cup. Even more are expected for Mondays inaugural final, featuring Oregon and Ohio State.— The 2014 Super Bowl had the biggest-ever network audience in U.S. TV history, with more than 111 million viewers. The biggest audience in Canada for a Stanley Cup game was in 2011, when the Vancouver Canucks faced the Boston Bruins: 8.76 million.Its a full-fledged cultural phenomenon that extends beyond sport itself.Tailgate parties arent just full-day affairs that prompt people to carry generators to stadium parking lots so that they can power their sound systems and TV screens. Theyve even evolved into a cuisine genre, as immortalized in the Food Networks Tailgate Warriors show.The pulsing heart of Americas love affair beats mightily in Texas high schools, as famously documented by the book, film, and TV series about Texas high schools in Friday Night Lights.There were more than 52,000 people at one of the Lonestar States high-school championship games this year — still short of last years record 54,347.The passion is also palpable in big eastern cities, including the toniest tracts of the U.S. capital. One night last spring, in the midst of the hockey and basketball playoffs, the noisiest crowds at a sports bar near Capitol Hill huddled around screens showing the NFL draft; fans of other sports discreetly took in their own playoff games in quieter corners of the bar.Try striking up a conversation about most sports and youll get a polite response at a barber shop on 18th Street. But bring up football, and the shop springs to life with the sound of barbers bantering with cape-clad customers.Many still remember Marshall for the sternum-bruising smash that helped end Joe Montanas legendary stint with the San Francisco 49ers.These days, however, Marshall wants the game to change.I was told as a kid, Hit what you see and see what you hit.... Plant that (helmet) in the centre of his chest. And if you rupture his spleen or you rupture his chest as a result, oh well, thats part of the game, said the two-time Super Bowl champ.And if you see the brown spots and things seem to start moving a lot slower for you, just rub a little dirt on it and get back in there.Hes spoken with many retired players about the cognitive and emotional problems theyve been having: Its your ability to recall. Its your ability to make good decisions. It controls your emotions — or lack of emotions. Your mood swings. Your inability to sleep... Depression. Anger. A short fuse. You hate feeling like this. One of the people he talked to was a former teammate, Dave Duerson. Duerson later took his own life by shooting himself in the chest and leaving a suicide note requesting that his brain be sent to a lab for analysis.Duerson was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Marshall has since been diagnosed, too. Suicidal thoughts are a rampant problem for former players suffering from CTE, he says.Marshall now works with a new organization, Brain Unity Trust — co-founded with Pittsburgh lawyer Jason Luckasevich after the pair met through their landmark class-action suit against the NFL, now being settled out of court. He hopes to educate young players, coaches, and researchers about new approaches to tackling and head injuries. Luckasevich describes how he had to keep repeating himself in a recent conversation with a forgetful ex-player. He tells the story of two others who got into trouble because they forgot they were carrying guns — one on the grounds of a school.And he marvels at their devotion to the sport that has dealt them such damage.These guys get so hostile and talk about how their team let them down, and their union let them down, and the NFL let them down, he said. And the next thing you know, theyre like, Oh, Ive got a Hall of Fame meeting Ive got to go to. Despite the fervour, there are signs that footballs problems in the U.S. are beginning to take a toll.Attendance has dipped in recent years — not only in the pros, but at the college level too. Youth entitlement has also seen a decline these last few years, with fewer kids playing in Pop Warner leagues.The question of whether to register a kid for football is the theme of The United States of Football, a documentary directed by Sean Pamphilon, a big fan who also happens to be a dad.In the end, Pamphilons son opted instead for baseball and guitar lessons. But his father still cant shake the habit.I feel like a complete hypocrite when it comes to this, Pamphilon said in an interview with SB Nation following the films 2013 release. Because Ive been exposed to an incredible amount of human suffering... But then I went to Seahawks training camp. And I saw Russell Wilson and it was, like, pretty much love at first pass. Dominic Moore Canadiens Jersey Authentic . Murray, the defending champion and No. 3 seed, claimed his first match win at Queens in 2005 and went on to win the Wimbledon warmup three times. But he failed to take advantage of eight set points after leading the first-set tiebreaker 6-2, and Stepanek survived to convert with his second set point. Andrew Shaw Canadiens Jersey Authentic . The Detroit Tigers star had microfracture surgery Friday to repair the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee. "I dont want to say it was a surprise," team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said.MACAU, Macau -- Robert Garcia, the trainer of Brandon Rios, said Friday that Manny Pacquiao is showing signs of coming to the end of his career and vulnerable in the WBO international welterweight title fight. Pacquiao is coming off two losses and has not fought since his devastating knockout defeat at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez almost a year ago. Garcia said hes noticed subtle signs of decline in the Filipino boxer, once considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. "Everybodys end comes someday and it could be this fight," Garcia said. "He does have a lot to lose in this fight, and thats pressure not only for him but his trainer and everybody in his camp." "There are things Ive seen in his last two fights that maybe a lot of people who havent fought dont see. I went through those things and I already see them ... A lot of fighters go through the same things, they dont even tell their wives, but I can see it in him." Pacquiaos trainer Freddie Roach bristled when told of Garcias comments. There has been no love lost between the two camps since a physical altercation between them in the training gym on Wednesday. "When does he watch my guy? Does he see my guy train every day, does he see the sacrifices my guy goes through, does he see the roadwork we do every day?" Roach said. "If Manny shows any sign of slippage in training camp Id be the first to tell him its time to quit, and its not time yet forr sure. Brendan Gallagher Canadiens Jersey Authentic. I hope they are overconfident because Manny is going to destroy this guy." The undercard for the fight at The Venetian casino in Macau begins Saturday night, followed by the main event about 3 hours later. It begins early Sunday local time. Pacquiaos contentious points loss to Timothy Bradley, followed by his frightening knockout against Marquez had raised questions about whether he could ever get back to his top form, with Garcia among the doubters. "The Manny of three, four years before should have beaten Bradley," Garcia said. "Marquez is 40 years old and Pacquiao was supposed to beat him, to knock him out. Pacquiao got tired and he got knocked out, it wouldnt have happened three or four years ago. He hasnt dropped anybody since 2009." Roach acknowledged Pacquiaos recent failure to knock out opponents -- dating to his victory over Miguel Cotto in 2009 -- but said the Filipino fighter was eager to do so as way of announcing his return to the peak of the sport. "He could have knocked out a couple of guys since then, but his compassion got in his way," Roach said. "Coming off two losses, he knows he has to be impressive, and being impressive is not winning by close decision, being impressive is winning by knockout. "I dont feel Rios can go the distance with a guy with the talents of Manny Pacquiao. Its a world-class fighter going in against a guy who is a journeyman at best." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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