The Daily Lard 2-11-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! A pair of academic economists thinks the end of football is a much stronger likelihood than most of us are willing to consider, especially as we learn more about the wide-ranging and long-lasting effects of head injuries. Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier believe either liability suits or potentially conclusive medical research linking CTE to football will bring down our beloved sport, as parents seek to protect their children and those involved in the sport at the coaching and administrative levels depart due to litigation fears.

An earlier Grantland piece by Jonah Lehrer (sorry to say we missed this one the first time around) addresses the difficulties facing high school coaches and medical staffs as they attempt to prevent, diagnose, and treat concussions. Sadly, even the most generously funded and purely intentioned of programs appear to be losing that battle, which cannot speak well for those with smaller budgets and less institutional dedication to attacking a problem which may have no solution.

If that's the case, Cowen and Grier suggest that basketball will become America's sport if or when football loses its stranglehold. So, how about this Jeremy Lin?

Broncos

Mike Freeman says the Broncos are being double secret squirrels regarding their Tebow alternatives for 2012.

Jeff Legwold thinks the perennial turnover at DC has harmed the team's defensive roster, but he thinks the presence of John Fox will help provide some continuity.

Kyle McCarthy tweeted that he'll be joining the Chiefs, but he's since taken the tweet down.

Add a 20-year-old Marine to the suitors seeking a date with Tim Tebow via YouTube; she's asking Tim to accompany her to a military ball in April.

Oh, and Jenny McCarthy wants a piece too - Rosie O'Donnell tried to set the two up during SB week.

Trimmings

Pittsburgh released CB Bryant McFadden and WR Arnaz Battle, and they restructured the contracts of LBs LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons. Plus, word is they'll be parting ways with WR Hines Ward.

Tennessee re-signed WR Lavelle Hawkins, while the Seahawks re-upped with OL Breno Giacomini.

In addition to the Titans and Bills, the Chiefs, Cowboys and Vikings reportedly have interest in ex-Raiders CB Stanford Routt.

Greg Schiano hired Giants QB coach Mike Sullivan to run his offense in Tampa.

San Francisco gave GM Trent Baalke a three-year extension and named Gideo Yu President and Co-Owner. Yu had been CFO at Facebook and YouTube, and he's been working on the Niners' stadium plan.

No idea how anyone missed this, but Chiefs WR Steve Breaston said several months ago that Handshake Haley is "not always a butthole." Doug Farrar thinks Haley won't have the easiest time in PIttsburgh.

Don Banks doesn't foresee a smooth split for Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay; Pat Kirwan thinks Manning should hide out until his arm strength returns; there are now Manning Face logos for all 32 teams.

Scrapple

Scott Kacsmar dutifully points out that Tom Brady almost never throws deep passes to Wes Welker, so to say that Welker makes that catch 100 times out of 100 (like Cris Collinsworth did) is just silly.

Alabama safety Mark Barron will reportedly miss the Combine after undergoing double hernia surgery; Greg Gabriel scouts Barron and his teammates Dre Kirkpatrick and Courtney Upshaw; Bucky Brooks thinks Tide RB Trent Richardson could be a great fit for the Broncos.

Wes Bunting ranks the top positions relative to depth for the draft.

KSK's first mock draft of the year is for breakfast cereals that Paula Deen would endorse.

Jason Whitlock is apparently as raycess as the people he calls out for a living.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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