From the department of news that goes far beyond "good" comes this bulletin: the brain tumor afflicting former Syracuse punter Rob Long (which kept him out of his expected career finale in the Pinstripe Bowl) is entirely gone, as the Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
An MRI taken Friday of Long’s brain shows no more signs of a tumor.Though Long will continue to be monitored for any sign of the disease, the news at this point is nothing but positive.
Unlike three months ago, when [Long] and his family learned that a tumor removed from his brain had cancerous cells in it, this news was cause for relief and celebration.
“It was pretty wild,” Long said of his meeting with neurosurgeon Dr. David Andrews and other doctors at the center, which is part of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital complex. “He basically put up a side-by-side of Friday’s MRI versus the MRI from before my surgery, and it was pretty unbelievable.”
“On one hand you could see the tumor, and on the other hand it just looked like a normal brain."
In fact, it's so positive that Long -- a four-year starter at punter for the Orange and a universally respected team captain and leader -- is back in training for a possible tryout with an NFL team. And after Long so thoroughly kicked that tumor's [rear end], who's going to doubt him?