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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing

THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

One of the most revolting scenes ever witnessed in professional sports occurred Thursday night when Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett went rogue on Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph. It was beyond just the fact that Garrett used Rudolph’s helmet as a battering ram – it went beyond that. “The number one thing you’d worry about when being hit in the head by a football helmet, when you don’t have a football helmet on your head, is a skull fracture,” said Robert Cantu, medical director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation ina story by the USA TODAY. “And a skull fracture, and the associated brain trauma, could have killed him — or produced a very serious brain injury.” Cantu elaborated, saying that Rudolph benefitted from both the velocity and location of the blow. Garrett struck the quarterback with the helmet near the top of his head, where the skull is at its thickest, as opposed to near his ear or temple area, where it’s thinner. And he was hit with the open side of the helmet, rather than the top. Garrett has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the season as a result of the incident — the longest suspension in NFL history for a single act on the field. To read more on what could have been a tragic ending click here.

College Football 2-Minute Handicap

Arizona State: 1-10 $ with winning record at Beavers … Houston Cougars: 8-0 $ with rest … Michigan 1-7 $ with rest … Hawaii: 1-15-1 $ as a favorite … Mississippi State: 5-1 $ as a home dog of more than 12 points … Nebraska: 6-1 $ off road favorite loss.

Grinding Out The Profits

Stanford has certainly underachieved this season, in need of two wins in its final three games to extend a 12-year bowl streak. Look for head coach David Shaw to answer the bell as his teams have been money-in-the-bank when coming off a SU favorite loss going 16-1 SU and 15-2 ATS – including 15-0 ATS the last fifteen. Playing in that role with triple revenge against Washington State tonight, his quest to keep the streak alive starts tonight.

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