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A bad call

Two studies caught my eye last week.

First up was an American Society for Reproductive Medicine study that showed a link between cell phone use and poor reproductive health in men.


Just what I needed to hear.

The researchers looked at the cell phone habits of more than 300 men and found that the longer they stayed on their cell phone each day, the poorer their reproductive health. Admittedly, the released research is just the first step in a much longer process, but officials say that the findings should be considered a warning.

"It's a plausible link between the amount of time spent using a mobile phone and a possible effect on male fertility," Alasdair Philips, director of the consumer pressure group Powerwatch, told a British newspaper.

While the phone survey concerned me, a Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction study gave me a big "no-duh" moment.

That study, according to the United Press International and ABC News, showed men spend a lot of their time thinking about sex. According to the UPI report, the study found that 54 percent of men and 19 percent of women think about sex every day.


My first question is: Did we really need a study to tell us that. My next question is: Only 54 percent?

I would have preferred to have my mind elsewhere Saturday, as I sat on the sofa and screamed about those amazing Georgia Bulldogs. Sure they lost to Florida, but isn't it amazing that a team filled with receivers that can't catch and tacklers that can't tackle actually had a chance?

Now, I don't mean to pick on the Dogs, but I've been influenced by the likes of Ralph Starling and Gene Walker. There seems to be an amazing double standard on the UGA sidelines.

See, it started a few weeks ago, when Thomson's Danny Verdun Wheeler was benched for missing a couple of tackles against Ole Miss. He's apparently been in the doghouse since.

By contrast, let's look at Mohamed Massaquoi. The sophomore has 17 catches for 266 yards (according to, but is known more for the frequent bobbles and fumbles that seem to follow him. He's been shifted from his starting role twice this season, but seen significant playing time anyway.

Plus, don't even get me started on Martrez Milner after Saturday's game. Or the sad state of Georgia's defense since the Tennessee fiasco.

But to Danny's credit, he's making the most of his playing time - especially those few minutes against Florida. He had a huge stop on the Florida quarterback and was solely responsible for knocking the ball loose deep in Florida territory in the fourth quarter. That fumble set up Georgia's final touchdown.

Just because the double standard swirls around a former Thomson Bulldog, don't call me biased.

And certainly don't call me on my cell phone.

Web posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006

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