Archive for December, 2012

Redskins-Cowboys rivalry gets jump start with NFC East on the line

December 29, 2012
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Robert Griffin III is about to write his own chapter in the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry. Photo by Bill Bride.

Sunday night’s game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys is the biggest game in years in the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry. The winner takes the NFC East. Dallas will go home with a loss, while the Skins can still make the playoffs if the Bears and Vikings both lose.

The once great rivalry has become stale in recent years, but players like Diron Talbert, Dexter Manley, Roger Staubach and Harvey Martin stoked the flames in the ’70s and ’80s. Redskins coach George Allen started it all by making the Cowboys a bitter rival.

To read my article on the best 20 games of the rivalry, click below.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1461690-washington-redskins-dallas-cowboys-rivalry-20-of-the-best-games

http://www.examiner.com/article/redskins-cowboys-rivalry-from-theismann-and-staubach-to-rgiii-and-romo

To see previous articles about the Redskins, go to www.myredskinsblog.com.

Michael Wilbon: Mediocre writer

December 16, 2012

I wrote this a while ago on www.myredskinsblog.com. I’m including it here too.

Michael Wilbon, formerly of the Washington Post and now of ESPN, hates the Redskins and D.C. He now has called D.C. a “terrible” sports town. Sounds like Wilbon is upset now that D.C. teams are finally doing well again. He was on the bandwagon in the 1980s and early 1990s when the Skins were winning Super Bowls. I guess Wilbon just has to project his own personality onto other people. He is a sorry, no-account fraud who rips D.C. because he thinks it’s not cool to be from here. Wilbon, we’re sick of you kissing up to athletes. You’re past your prime. You’ve jumped the shark.

If you want to read about D.C. as a sports town, click here.

Autism advocates, federal officials testify to Congress about autism rates, vaccines, and research

December 2, 2012

Autism advocates and government officials testified in front of a congressional committee Thursday about the federal response to the dramatic increase in autism diagnoses in recent years.

One in every 88 babies born in the U.S. will develop autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control, a 23 percent increase since 2009 and a 78 percent increase since 2007. In the 1960s, autism was believed to affect one in 10,000 children in the U.S.

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee questioned representatives of the National Institutes of Health and CDC about research priorities and subsequent results. A second panel of autism advocates testified about concerns ranging from research priorities to services for people with autism. See the video here.

Some of the committee members harshly criticized the NIH and CDC for a lack of effective results, while agency officials at times struggled to come up with answers.

Some highlights from the hearing:

Congressmen, led by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IL), a longtime proponent of vaccine safety, urged NIH and CDC to get mercury out of all childhood vaccines. Thimerosal, a mercury preservative, was removed from most, but not all childhood vaccines by 2003.

Representatives of NIH and CDC claimed that much, and possibly all of the increase in autism rates can be accounted for by better detection, a claim that was questioned by many congressmen and disputed by Mark Blaxill of SafeMinds.

“Some observers have claimed this rise is not real,” Blaxill told the committee. “That numbers are going up because of ‘better diagnosing.’ While it is true that we now diagnose autism with better tools, that doesn’t mean there is some ‘hidden horde’ of overlooked autism cases. The old surveys didn’t just miss 99% of children with autism. Anyone who reads them will see the obvious: it’s clear the researchers were diligent in finding cases and confident that they found the vast majority of children. It’s horrible but true; reported rates of autism have risen simply because there are more cases of autism.”

Blaxill also urged the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee to focus on environmental causes of autism instead of genetics.

Vaccine critics have also questioned why the government hasn’t conducted studies of vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations. Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), asked this very question of Collen Boyle of the CDC.

She talked about vaccines in general, then was interrupted by Posey, who clarified the question: “So clearly, definitely, unequivocally, you have studied vaccinated versus unvaccinated?”

“We have not studied vaccinated versus unvaccinated,” replied Boyle.

“Never mind. Stop there. That was the meaning of my question. You wasted two minutes of my time,” said Posey.

To read the entire article on Examiner.com, click here.

Traffic pollution, air quality linked with increased risk of autism

December 2, 2012

Babies in the womb and during their first year are two to three times more likely to develop autism if exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution and poor air quality, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at USC published the study in the November issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. The study compared 279 children with autism and 245 control children with typical development in California.

Metals and chemicals may be part of the toxic stew that affects fetuses and babies, which are more susceptible to toxins in the environment.

To read the entire article on Examiner.com, click here.

 

Maryland’s move to Big Ten: Minor upgrade for football, lateral move for basketball

December 1, 2012
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Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Photo by Bill Bride, Inside Maryland Sports.

Maryland’s move to the Big Ten took everyone by surprise. Now that the dust has cleared, it can be said that Terp fans will miss the tradition of the ACC, and it will be strange to play teams from the Midwest. But the move should help with money, obviously, and it should improve the struggling football team. But the ACC isn’t as far below the Big Ten as most people think. As for basketball, top to bottom, the leagues are about the same. To read my articles on the Terps’ move, click here:  http://www.examiner.com/article/maryland-football-by-the-numbers-move-to-big-ten-only-minor-upgrade-from-acc

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1422859-maryland-terrapins-football-move-to-big-ten-only-slight-upgrade-from-acc


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