September 29, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

Man, the Dolphins - Bengals game looks like one big Howard Johnson's ice cream cone.

I must say, the Bengals are truly badass in those Siberian tiger helmets and unis. They look like a bunch of escaped inmates from a work detail at the zoo. I'm not an Amazon Prime boy so I can only pull up still shots and snippets while the game is in progress.

posted by beaverboard at 09:59 PM on September 29, 2022

I definitely like the new "white bengal" look. As far as not being a Prime member, beaver, you spared yourself repeated viewing of one of the scariest injuries I've seen. Tua had no business playing in that game, and the hit he took may very well have ended a very bright young career just as it was getting started. My random thoughts:

I feel really bad for Josh Tupuo, the Bengals' nose tackle who made the play that injured Tua. It was his first career sack, and a clean hit, so he was rightfully celebrating with his teammates when the realization hit that Tua was in bad shape.

I'm incredibly glad that the University of Cincinnati has a world-class trauma hospital less than 5 miles from the stadium, and Tua got there almost immediately.

I'm super proud of my hometown fans for 65,000 of them chanting "Tua, Tua" as he was wheeled off of the playing field. Showed a lot of respect for an opponent.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:33 PM on September 30, 2022

Sadly, no sooner had I posted here than Tua got hurt. That did not feel good.

There were clips of Tupuo's sack posted online very soon afterward and I did get to see the situation.

I then went back and looked at Tua's injury against the Bills. The Dolphins have shown criminal disregard for his medical well being.

Some commentators tried to duck the question of negligence and jeopardization and find positives, saying: "Hey, he was discharged from the hospital and flew home with the team".

No problem then, eh, boys? Everything's going to be fine? Keep the shine on the shield no matter what.

posted by beaverboard at 01:43 PM on September 30, 2022

I went and checked the official NFL game highlight clip and sure enough, it goes immediately from Tupuo's sack right to Bridgewater magically appearing under center with no mention of Tua's injury. What else would anyone expect?

The NFL home office will suppress and whitewash anything it possibly can. They could make Putin look like an honorable strategic genius. Or at the very least, they'd give it a shot if provided an opportunity to try.

posted by beaverboard at 02:42 PM on September 30, 2022

Amazon has a medical consultant the broadcast team can talk to about an injury like the one Tua suffered. Al Michaels cited him in discussing the disturbing hand and arm rigidity called fencing response.

The postgame show also devoted a long time -- perhaps 10 minutes -- to the issue of Tua's possible concussion last weekend and the question of whether he should have been playing Thursday.

I wasn't expecting that and assume the NFL will ensure that never happens again as part of a game broadcast.

posted by rcade at 05:25 PM on September 30, 2022

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