Update: Marino Withdrawing from NFL Concussion Lawsuit

Update: The South Florida Sun Sentinel is reporting Dan Marino is acting to withdraw his suit against the NFL:

“It was never Marino’s intention to initiate litigation in this case, but to ensure that in the event he had adverse health consequences down the road, he would be covered with health benefits. They are working to correct the error,” a source said to the Sun-Sentinel.

Earlier:

Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino has joined the federal lawsuit against the NFL filed in Philadelphia. The Dolphins quarterback, a Pittsburgh native who starred in college for Pitt, is one of 41 Hall of Famers (or their estates) among the 5,000 former players suing the league over concussions.

The NFL and the players reached a settlement, but U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected the settlement. She wrote there wasn’t enough evidence the $765 million settlement would cover all the medical costs.

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Why the Eagles Should Draft Michael Sam

Instead of presenting a long list of reasons the Eagles should draft Michael Sam, the Mizzou offensive lineman who came out of the closet on Sunday and stands to be the first openly gay player in the NFL, let me present two words:

Michael Vick.

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Arcadia Student to Open Up About Being Bullied on USA Network Documentary

Arcadia University sophomore Joey Kemmerling talks with New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz about being bullied in middle school tonight on USA Network's TK.

Arcadia University sophomore Joey Kemmerling talks with New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz about being bullied in middle school on USA Network documentary “NFL Characters Unite.”

Set your DVRs. Arcadia University sophomore and Bucks County native Joey Kemmerling will share his experience being bullied for being gay tonight on the USA Network documentary NFL Characters Unite. The show couples National Football League players with young victims of bullying so that they can share their story of overcoming discrimination. Kemmerling will be paired with New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.

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Chris Christie Partied with Jerry Jones at the Cowboys/Giants Game Last Night

What are they doing up there? You never know what they’re doing up there. Gov. Chris Christie joined Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his private box for yesterday’s Cowboys/Giants game, as captured on Twitter.

Looks like admitting you’re a Cowboys fan on NFL Network will get you pretty far these days…  if you’re a governor. Especially if you’re a potential 2016 presidential candidate. Judging from the below photo, though, things were a little tense—Christie, after all, is a Giants fan, too.

But, hey, accusing the other team of faking injuries will create that kind of an atmosphere, I guess. Such is the curse of dual-fandom:

That guy in the top center, by the way, is Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Anyone wanna change their bet about seeing Christie on the GOP ticket in 2016? [Fansided]

Study Confirms NFL Fans Eat the Pain Away After Losses

A recent study from the INSTEAD business school confirms it: NFL fans eat worse the day following a loss than a win, meaning that we collectively drown our competitive sorrows in carbs and trans fats. As per the study:

“One day after a defeat, Americans eat 16 percent more saturated fat, and 10 percent more calories. But on the day after a victory of their favorite team, then it’s the opposite. They eat more healthily. They eat 9 percent less saturated fat, and 5 percent fewer calories. There was no effect in cities without a team or with a team that didn’t play.”

So, basically, we either use food as a security blankie or a punishment for poor performance or some combination thereof. The good news is, though, now we can measure how poorly the Eagles are playing by the number of cheesesteaks we eat in a given season.

After all, as a Philly sports fan, you learn to look for the silver lining. Or, you know, a tip for the delivery guy. [CBS]

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