Letter to the Editor: Brilliant school
BY Bill O. Andress, Tulsa
Thursday, December 06, 2012
12/06/12 at 2:35 AM
Perhaps the number 13 could be bad luck for the game of football in the United States. Why, you may ask? Because next year, in 2013, it may be the year for all body contact sports to be closely examined and downgraded for the number of brain concussions.
The bellwether could have been when the University of Tulsa's championship football team no longer draws capacity crowds - not even close.
This brilliant school is located in a city blessed with many medical and nursing schools, the graduates from which are better educated regarding the likelihood that on any given game day, one or more players will suffer a concussion. So what? That's the game.
A once-in-a-lifetime minor brain concussion has a chance of healing; however, two or three or more during a college career can prove deadly. The more victims leaving the field on stretchers, the less folks care to watch.
Yes, the annual income to the university is very valuable and management holds steadfastly to "The Grand Old School." Oklahomans are very proud of Jim Thorpe (1912) and all those from Troy Aikman and beyond.
Tulsa is the perfect place to start the transformation. Let's modify the game rules, stop brain concussions and fill that beautiful stadium from now on.
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