While late January is obviously the season for creeping out teenage boys by being a Facebook stalker, it's also the beginning of college football's offseason conditioning push. Iowa is dealing with a lot of push-back from their conditioning push, given that 13 of their players have been hospitalized and diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a fiendish condition in which the body begins breaking down skeletal muscle tissue and releasing the resulting materials (in sometimes toxic form) into the bloodstream. Yes, Homer, that's bad.
Leave it to Spencer Hall to put the uproar in its proper context. I won't steal his thunder, because you need to click on the link. Because bloggers have to buy jort-like diapers, too. But suffice it to say that there are a million different ways to get to life's worst outcomes and they're not all the same. However, when a baker's dozen of otherwise healthy college-aged athletes get there at the same time and appear to have ridden in the same car, it's safe to say that something has gone horribly, epically wrong. We should look very hard at all the ways to fix it. But we shouldn't conflate what appears to have gone on at Iowa with any number of other tragic incidents at other programs in the not so distant past.
Just a little food for thought.