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(Mental Floss)   In honor of Andrew Bynum, here are 19 sports injuries even more weird than hurting your knee while bowling   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 42
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2012-11-19 09:15:12 AM  
As mentioned in the comments, list does fail without Vince Coleman and the tarp incident.
 
2012-11-19 09:18:54 AM  
At first, I thought Andrew Bynum was going to be Kwame Brown 2.0, but with this new injury, he's teetering toward Sam Bowie 2.0.
 
2012-11-19 09:21:23 AM  
An old team mate of mine managed to tear his hamstring getting off the team bus to a game. He did go on to play rugby about 20 times for Scotland but he was always a bit of a sicknote.
 
2012-11-19 09:22:53 AM  

EyeballKid: At first, I thought Andrew Bynum was going to be Kwame Brown 2.0, but with this new injury, he's teetering toward Sam Bowie 2.0.


Sam Bowie won two NBA Championships?
 
2012-11-19 09:24:08 AM  

Free Radical: EyeballKid: At first, I thought Andrew Bynum was going to be Kwame Brown 2.0, but with this new injury, he's teetering toward Sam Bowie 2.0.

Sam Bowie won two NBA Championships?


Andrew Bynum won an NBA championship like Jared Lorenzen is a Super Bowl winning quarterback.
 
2012-11-19 09:29:17 AM  
No Brandon Marshall "tripping over a potato chip bag" and falling into a TV?
 
2012-11-19 09:34:40 AM  
I have always loved the Steve Sparks phone book incident. That just screams out "Injury that only ever happens to baseball players".

Heck, baseball could easily take up an entire top-50 list all by itself.
 
2012-11-19 09:37:37 AM  

EyeballKid: Andrew Bynum won an NBA championship like Jared Lorenzen is a Super Bowl winning quarterback.


His playoff performances for those two years disagree with you.
 
2012-11-19 09:48:02 AM  
No John Smoltz? No Chris Hanson?
 
2012-11-19 09:59:58 AM  
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Hey guys what is going on in this....OH MY GOD SPIDERS!
 
2012-11-19 10:18:36 AM  

EyeballKid: Free Radical: EyeballKid: At first, I thought Andrew Bynum was going to be Kwame Brown 2.0, but with this new injury, he's teetering toward Sam Bowie 2.0.

Sam Bowie won two NBA Championships?

Andrew Bynum won an NBA championship like Jared Lorenzen is a Super Bowl winning quarterback.


Vince McMahon won the WWF Championship. It's all about the script.
 
2012-11-19 10:23:41 AM  
The strangest one I remember is when Vince Coleman missed an entire postseason when he was run over by the automatic tarp machine in St. Louis.
Since Coleman was such a nasty guy I figure that the ground crew did it on purpose.
 
2012-11-19 10:29:54 AM  
Amusing list, but many of these aren't really sports injuries, they are non-sports related injuries to athletes.

Although it would have been awesome to see Nolan Ryan attacked by a coyote during a game.
 
2012-11-19 10:42:45 AM  
John Smoltz missed a start after he burned himself trying to iron a shirt that he was wearing.

That wins.
 
2012-11-19 11:00:31 AM  
I actually was a decent bowler. Then I took a bowling ball in the knee.

No, really. One time in the middle of a game I swung the ball too far inside and whacked the side of my knee with it. Only gave myself a painful bruise, but since then I mind my knee when bowling and haven't been able to hit shiat since.
 
2012-11-19 11:04:17 AM  

Dafatone: John Smoltz missed a start after he burned himself trying to iron a shirt that he was wearing.


If he burned his fingers I believe it. Pitching is finesse work; even mild discomfort like a blister can completely destroy a pitcher's accuracy.

IIRC R.A. Dickey missed a start once because he broke a nail on throwing hand. It had nothing to do with "toughing it out"; you can't throw a knuckleball with a broken fingernail, period.
 
2012-11-19 11:15:02 AM  
Erik Johnson missed an entire season after tearing both his ACL and MCL in a golf card accident.
 
2012-11-19 11:26:07 AM  
No mention of Joel "I hurt myself playing Guitar Hero" Zumaya?

/had to look up the name
 
2012-11-19 11:28:28 AM  
bedridden after taking a suppository orally.

/that is all
 
2012-11-19 11:50:23 AM  
Didn't someone sneeze and throw their back out once too?
 
2012-11-19 11:56:59 AM  
I broke my toe bowling one year. I just missed a 200 game and my immediate response was to turn around and drop kick the ball return. Final score: ball return - 1, me - 0.
 
2012-11-19 12:15:48 PM  

dragonchild: Dafatone: John Smoltz missed a start after he burned himself trying to iron a shirt that he was wearing.

If he burned his fingers I believe it. Pitching is finesse work; even mild discomfort like a blister can completely destroy a pitcher's accuracy.

IIRC R.A. Dickey missed a start once because he broke a nail on throwing hand. It had nothing to do with "toughing it out"; you can't throw a knuckleball with a broken fingernail, period.


He burned his chest. He had a hot iron, looked down at his wrinkled shirt, and put the hot iron to his own chest. 

He denies it, but he was quoted in the newspaper as admitting to it when it happened. So who knows.
 
2012-11-19 12:37:12 PM  

marius2: Didn't someone sneeze and throw their back out once too?


Probably. Weird back injuries seem to pop up in sports. I've heard of at least one ball player who threw out his back while fluffing his daughter's pillow. And the LA Kings' Dustin Penner hurt his back while eating his wife's pancakes earlier this year.
 
2012-11-19 12:43:30 PM  
Found it, it was Sammy Sosa, just back spasms though. Missed at least one game.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1802931
 
2012-11-19 01:08:32 PM  

marius2: Didn't someone sneeze and throw their back out once too?


marius2: Found it, it was Sammy Sosa, just back spasms though. Missed at least one game.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1802931


That's not all that it did to him! Look at his deathly palllor after his life-changing sneeze.

i2.esmas.com
 
2012-11-19 01:14:30 PM  
I'm never going to sneeze again, I can't get any paler.
 
2012-11-19 02:04:39 PM  
www.antisteez.com
 
2012-11-19 02:17:23 PM  

rustybender: Amusing list, but many of these aren't really sports injuries, they are non-sports related injuries to athletes.


All right then, here's the weirdest and worst sports injury ever; Serbian basketball player in the Greek pro league gets so mad at fouling out, he renders himself a paraplegic.

/not posting the Malarchuk video; I just ate
 
2012-11-19 02:30:26 PM  

puckrock2000: rustybender: Amusing list, but many of these aren't really sports injuries, they are non-sports related injuries to athletes.


All right then, here's the weirdest and worst sports injury ever; Serbian basketball player in the Greek pro league gets so mad at fouling out, he renders himself a paraplegic.

/not posting the Malarchuk video; I just ate

In reaction to what he believed was a bad call at a crucial moment of a very important playoff game, Janković slammed his head hard against the goal post, which was made of concrete and wasn't padded thickly enough. The head knock was quite strong and shockingly to all the game's spectators, it caused permanent paralysis of Janković's body. The 29-year-old basketball player had permanently damaged his spinal cord when he hit the goal post with his head and he was unable to walk for the rest of his life from that point on.

Being bound to a wheelchair for the final 13 years of his life, Janković gained weight, which exerted too much stress on his heart and he eventually died of heart failure at the age of 42, on the date of June 28, 2006, while he was on a holiday cruise on the Greek island of Rhodes.


Mother of God....
 
2012-11-19 02:48:52 PM  

puckrock2000: All right then, here's the weirdest and worst sports injury ever; Serbian basketball player in the Greek pro league gets so mad at fouling out, he renders himself a paraplegic.


Blech.

/the call/flop were terrible though
//this shows that you should assault the ref/flopper, not attack the backboard
///also, always half-ass any time you attack an inanimate object, remembering that they're pretty solid.
 
2012-11-19 03:09:45 PM  

rustybender: Amusing list, but many of these aren't really sports injuries, they are non-sports related injuries to athletes.

Although it would have been awesome to see Nolan Ryan attacked by a coyote during a game.


How about that!
 
2012-11-19 03:53:46 PM  
"3. NHL goalie Glenn Healy enjoyed a long career, and he also enjoyed playing the bagpipes. While playing for the Maple Leafs in 2000, Healy needed stitches after slicing himself while repairing an antique set of pipes."

You'll note it never says he actually missed any games. Him being a hockey player, I don't think that's an oversight on the part of the writer.
 
2012-11-19 04:14:56 PM  

The Third Man: puckrock2000: rustybender: Amusing list, but many of these aren't really sports injuries, they are non-sports related injuries to athletes.


All right then, here's the weirdest and worst sports injury ever; Serbian basketball player in the Greek pro league gets so mad at fouling out, he renders himself a paraplegic.

/not posting the Malarchuk video; I just ate

In reaction to what he believed was a bad call at a crucial moment of a very important playoff game, Janković slammed his head hard against the goal post, which was made of concrete and wasn't padded thickly enough. The head knock was quite strong and shockingly to all the game's spectators, it caused permanent paralysis of Janković's body. The 29-year-old basketball player had permanently damaged his spinal cord when he hit the goal post with his head and he was unable to walk for the rest of his life from that point on.

Being bound to a wheelchair for the final 13 years of his life, Janković gained weight, which exerted too much stress on his heart and he eventually died of heart failure at the age of 42, on the date of June 28, 2006, while he was on a holiday cruise on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Mother of God....


Hole. Lee. Crap.
 
2012-11-19 04:25:31 PM  
this one is pretty funny/nasty. Dog Ends Professional goalkeeper's career:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnl2-8PYg24
 
2012-11-19 04:35:46 PM  
No Brian Griese breaking his leg after being tackled by his own dog?
 
2012-11-19 05:13:11 PM  
I still chuckle at the Martin Gramatica celebration injury....only kickers....
 
2012-11-19 06:47:30 PM  
I can't think of any sport that has athletes as been as pansies as MLB baseball when it comes to playing through minor injuries. This includes womens athletics.

Seriously,

Name one.
 
2012-11-19 06:48:15 PM  
How about Carlos Zambrano spending too much time surfing for porn and browsing Fark threads? I mean, I assume that's what it was; what else do people use the Internet for?  Nobody spends four hours a day e-mailing his brother.
 
2012-11-19 08:53:22 PM  
No Erik Johnson versus a golf cart?
 
2012-11-19 09:00:45 PM  

drunkness_monster00: I can't think of any sport that has athletes as been as pansies as MLB baseball when it comes to playing through minor injuries. This includes womens athletics.

Seriously,

Name one.


Men's soccer.
 
2012-11-19 11:46:09 PM  

puckrock2000: /not posting the Malarchuk video; I just ate


You just had to bring that one up.

/still can't believe he survived that
 
2012-11-20 12:12:33 AM  
Possibly the greatest tactical mind on Earth, Jon Finkel the only man who dominated Magic: The Gathering professional tournaments for ten years (the average pro lasts THREE due to mental stress) once had to call a match a day early during an Invitational...

...when he slept wrong and hurt his neck so bad they placed him in a collar (no screws). He couldn't hold his cards strategically, could barely shuffle (no help for shuffling) and couldn't even recite his decklist due to the pain.

Garry Kasparov made his opponent resign due to granting him the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play "What have I eaten in the past day?" through near-constant (and horrifically rank) flatulence.

Jeanette Lee ripped a fingernail off during a Pro Billiards match, which RIPPED THE FINGERNAIL OFF. (shudders)

Kelly Slater the professional surfer once racked himself on his own dogchain (rope that connects ankle to surfboard) hard enough it took the wind out of him and he wound up chugging enough sea water that he had to pull out of the tournament due to doctors fears extensive effort could lead to peritonitis.

Those are rather awful, though.

Then, there's Vinnie Jones (Bullet-Tooth Tony, notorious GOON) who once ran down the pitch, square into one of his own teammates and accidentally caught a knee to the breadbox. He continued to play until horking on the field, when he was granted his green red card.
 
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