Sunday blog: Talking demolition of property; college football playoffs and ACL tears

first_img2. College Football playoffs…The world came to an end last week. No, we did not get entangled in another ill-begotten war in the Middle East. But something almost as tragic occurred… keeping TCU, Baylor and the Big 12 Conference out of the four-team National Championship College Football playoffs.I most certainly am not happy with the results since I have a son attending TCU and I have this irrational anti-Big 10 hatred stemming from Nebraska Cornhuskers exit from the Big 12 to go there.The “Getting Left Out” Bowl would have been a great matchup this year.But let’s keep things in perspective. The Big 12 doesn’t have to add two, four or eight more teams just to make sure we have a conference championship game and get a team into the playoffs. If TCU would have beaten Baylor during the regular season, then we wouldn’t have been having this debate. And there is no proof had we had the Big 12 Championship game, the committee wouldn’t have picked Ohio State anyway.The solution is to make it an eight team playoff which could easily be done. Just pick four New Years Bowl games with automatic berths of the five major conferences and three wildcards. Then play the semifinals a week later and the championship game during the open date between the NFL Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl.I personally think we should expand it to 16 teams, eliminate all conference championship games for first round games. Wellington resident J.C. Long had a good idea. Why not give an automatic berth to all the conference champions – even the smaller ones like the Mountain West Conference? That would eliminate the need of expanding your conference because the more teams you have in a conference the less likely you have a team get in. And it takes some of the politics out of the equation.3. ACL tear…Last fall, the Wellington football team had three starters go out with ACL tears. The trend seems to be continuing into winter sports.This week Wellington High School senior girls basketball player Catie Williams tore her anterior cruciate ligament. It was her second ACL tear in three years, and came in the first game of the Kingman Tournament. What’s gut wrenching about this is, Williams had spent two years recovering from her first injury and was finally back at full strength when the second tear occurred.Caldwell’s Darin Ward, an all-leaguer in the South-Central Border League his freshman and sophomore year, had an equally heart-breaking story. He will miss his junior and senior years in basketball – his main sport – because of not one but two ACL tears during football. He was thought to be one of the best SCBL players on the hardwood this season and a potential player of the year candidate.Nationwide, the NFL and NBA have seen an epidemic of ACL tears. So much so that the most important letters in sports are not NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL, but ACL. It is estimated that nearly 400,000 ACL repair procedures occur each year. Women are seven or eight times more likely to get an ACL injury than their male counterparts, although the stats in Sumner County lately beg to differ.I could go on forever with ACL horror stories- including my own. Three years ago I suffered a trifecta tear: an ACL, meniscus cartridge damage, and a the posterior cruciate ligament while wrestling around with my kid. I’ll never forget that “pop” sound in the living room, that signaled the next few months of my life was going to stink.My knee still aches, but since nobody is asking for my athletic skills, the world continues to rotate to this day. I can’t imagine what it is like for an athlete – whose career depends on healthy knees.The article “The Nastiest Injury in Sports,” is great reading for anyone wanting to know about ACL tears (see story here). It was written in Dec. 10, 2013 right after Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL as a tight end for the New England Patriots. Gronkowski has returned with flying colors having a Hall of Fame career this season.This quote stood out for me in the article:“The ACL is not only the weakest of the four ligaments that connect the femur and tibia, it is the weakest ligament in the entire body. And professional athletes subject that stub of weak collagen to all sorts of forces it was not designed to withstand…Just about every ACL tear comes about when a player is twisting, trying to avoid contact or to deceive a defender, and then plants his leg in such a way that he has increased the torque on the ACL, bending it as it was not intended to bend. Essentially, it is the juke that will kill you.”But modern science is getting better. A reconstructed knee is only 10 to 12 percent of re-rupturing again as the other healthy one. But the unfortunate thing is, that second knee, is there to be torn – as both Williams and Ward have found out.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts, um… make that three thoughts, on this busy holiday weekend…1. Damage control…Much has been made with a lawsuit against the City of Wellington over the demolishing of property owned by a Burden couple on 806 South Cherry Street in April (see story here).Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.While I can’t say that the city of Wellington adhered to proper procedures in this particular case, I will say the demolishing of structures has always been a controversial, dicey proposition that no one at city hall particularly likes. The city is placed in a no-win situation. Do you leave property that is not only a neighborhood nuisance but a potential health hazard? Or do you risk the alienation of not only the property owners but those who have lived in Wellington and view the condemned property through rose-colored memories?There’s a lot of gray manner to the whole ideal. Do you tear down this property, while leaving a similar property standing? How do you define condemned property anyway?  I do know one thing – in the three decades that I have covered the Wellington City Council off and on, I can’t remember anyone — elected or hired— who were all too eager to tear a house down. At what benefit is it to the city? It’s costly and a public relations nightmare. Usually, if owners come to the council with hat in hand and a hint of a nasally whine, the council will bend over backwards to help them out. Not once can I remember the council acting as if they were driving a car in a Demolition Derby.I hope to publish an article soon outlining what constitutes condemned property and what the procedure the city must go through to eventually demolish a specific structure. There appears to be an educational process we, including myself, need to go through on this topic. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 295 weeks ago You and JC Long have it right. Until we cut the polls out of the business of determining the national title, all we have is a beauty pageant/popularity contest driven by TV and cash. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 295 weeks ago 16 teams is too much. I think the reason they decided with 4 teams is an attempt to make it more fair. On the other hand more injuries are more likely with additional games. A 16 team playoff would have some players participating in potentially 4 more games in a season. All I have to say is ACL tears lol. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down credence · 295 weeks ago My question is why the Big 10 deserves preference over the Big 12, especially if you compare strength of schedule and head to head games between the conferences? The Big 10 was 9 and 28 against top 25 ranked teams; the Big 12 was 11 and 32. The Big 12 actually has only 10 teams and the Big 10 has 14 teams, which makes this record much more revelant. The Big 12 was 3 and 1 against the Big 10 in head to head games played on the field, not on some committee member’s score card. Based on this information, the committee put Big 10’s Ohio State in the four team playoff due to politics. Plain and simple. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Monty Schmitz · 295 weeks ago We, the persons who enjoy sports, are all arm chair quarter backs, coaches and in today’s world arm chair sports executives. The top 25 college football teams have always paid their elite players. However, the current situation is a monetary one benefiting their coaches, and school executives. Their income is based on the monies that spectators and television associations are wiling to fork out. In-addition, they are willing to pay for the most athletic players through full ride scholarships. These young folks are also paid well by the alumni associations. Do you recall the 1989 Ohio State football controversy that was caused when a coach making bed checks around 10:15 PM. He found a player who was studying and told him that he, being on a full ride scholarship, was being paid to play football and to get to bed. This young man replied; I am in premed therefore I have to study. The next day he resigned his scholarship and reported the incident to national television. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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