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(Deadspin)   When it comes to gruesome injuries, TV networks decide not to "play it again, Sam"   (deadspin.com) divider line 39
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2013-04-03 10:00:25 AM
mimg.ugo.com

/If this is obscure then fark you
 
2013-04-03 10:27:27 AM

cman: [mimg.ugo.com image 300x300]

/If this is obscure then fark you


With a squeegie?

Anyway, I don't know why they aren't replaying injuries. I thought that was the major people watched sports, especially NASCAR.
 
2013-04-03 10:41:48 AM
There's only so many times you can watch someone's leg explode.  For me, that number is zero, I was out of the room as soon as I saw Ware's leg dangling, well before CBS showed a replay.  I wasn't at all curious HOW that happened, that it happened was gruesome enough for me.
 
2013-04-03 10:42:44 AM
Ok, so I managed to miss that part of the game and avoid all the gifs, jpgs and video on the Intertubes on the Ware injury--until Monday.

I open Facebook and on my feed, there is the "exploding bone" (Trademark: My next band name) right there posted by local sports talk radio guys (97.5 The Blitz in Houston if you want to go look for them) and it sparked some outrage, but mostly "lulz you nancypants types need to grow a pair" comments ruled the day, and Tuesday an on-air passive-aggressive rant about it, followed by the update of their cover photo to Unicorns and Rainbows. Apparently no one is allowed to get mad/upset/grossed out about anything, given our violence obsessed culture.

Clearly, this is FM Sports Radio Shock Jock Syndrome, but I mean, I can handle Sid Vicious' 90-degree leg bend, but for FSM's sake am I not supposed to have "a line" for this stuff?

Goddamn Internets.
 
2013-04-03 10:44:38 AM
I was told the line is actually "play it, Sam"
 
2013-04-03 11:04:17 AM
Unless you're farking Deadspin, in which case you helpfully collate all the YouTube videos in one place to drive pageviews.

/Farking derivative hacks
 
2013-04-03 11:10:18 AM

FirstNationalBastard: cman: [mimg.ugo.com image 300x300]

/If this is obscure then fark you

With a squeegie?

Anyway, I don't know why they aren't replaying injuries. I thought that was the major people watched sports, especially NASCAR.


It's the real reason why people watch but every one pays lip service to the polite fiction that America isn't like the last days of Rome where people were thrown to lions as prime time entertainment.
 
2013-04-03 11:24:02 AM
I kind of remember (old man like typing approachign) when Napoleon McCallum's thighbone shattered on MNF in the early 90s, ABC showing the replay OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER such that Al Michaels had to scold the broadcast crew:  "ok guys, we've seen it enough, you can stop now."


his injury was so bad he either almost lost his leg or almost died due to blood loss.  aside from his leg snapping in half, the artery was damaged and he had massive internal blood loss.  pretty nasty stuff.
 
2013-04-03 11:32:23 AM
I'm assuming the primary factor in the immediate decision not to show it again was the bone sticking out through the skin.  It's apparently some sort of threshold, because we can get insurance commercials with a dude falling down the stairs and having his arm facing the wrong way, but once there's a major break in the skin and something that's supposed to stay on the inside is now outside, that's the point at which it becomes "gore".
 
2013-04-03 11:50:51 AM

cman: [mimg.ugo.com image 300x300]

/If this is obscure then fark you


DAMNIT done in one. I came here to post this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOSYcM4AJ8k">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=UOSYcM4AJ8k
 
2013-04-03 12:01:31 PM
It's been eons, but how many times that Monday night did they replay the Theismann break? Had to been well over a dozen.

These days you don't even get a single replay.
 
2013-04-03 12:01:52 PM
It's a freaking broken leg, big deal. From reading all commentary and "we are praying for him" bullshiat you would think he had been decapitated.
 
2013-04-03 12:18:06 PM

mjohnson71: It's been eons, but how many times that Monday night did they replay the Theismann break? Had to been well over a dozen.

These days you don't even get a single replay.


I think WCW used 30 minutes of a 2 hour show replaying Sid's leg snapping.
 
2013-04-03 12:19:52 PM

mjohnson71: It's been eons, but how many times that Monday night did they replay the Theismann break? Had to been well over a dozen.

These days you don't even get a single replay.


CBS showed two of Ware's injury.  If you cared enough to be watching the game, you saw them.  If you heard about the injury and morbid curiosity sent you to a TV to find it, tough luck.
 
2013-04-03 12:20:31 PM

ukexpat: It's a freaking broken leg, big deal. From reading all commentary and "we are praying for him" bullshiat you would think he had been decapitated.


 No but it was the sort of thing that could end his playing career.
 
2013-04-03 12:27:21 PM
I have no issue with limiting replays of particularly gruesome injuries. Too many will result in more sensitive viewers changing the channel, thus lowering ratings and affecting the cost of advertising spots. So, be all sensitive in service of the almighty dollar.

Also given the massive amount of media available to consumers, those who wish to see it will have no problem seeking it out.

The exception seems to be Eduardo da Silva of Arsenal's leg break, where even the "videos" I can find are just slideshows of stills of the ankle snapping.
 
2013-04-03 12:31:12 PM

rickythepenguin: I kind of remember (old man like typing approachign) when Napoleon McCallum's thighbone shattered on MNF in the early 90s, ABC showing the replay OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER such that Al Michaels had to scold the broadcast crew:  "ok guys, we've seen it enough, you can stop now."


his injury was so bad he either almost lost his leg or almost died due to blood loss.  aside from his leg snapping in half, the artery was damaged and he had massive internal blood loss.  pretty nasty stuff.


I remember that injury well, mostly due to the five slow-motion replays etching it in my memory forever.
 
2013-04-03 12:41:39 PM

Cagey B: I remember that injury well, mostly due to the five slow-motion replays etching it in my memory forever.


i know Michaels had enough.
 
2013-04-03 01:01:57 PM
Sam Bowie reference, Subs?
 
2013-04-03 01:43:10 PM

UNC_Samurai: I'm assuming the primary factor in the immediate decision not to show it again was the bone sticking out through the skin.  It's apparently some sort of threshold, because we can get insurance commercials with a dude falling down the stairs and having his arm facing the wrong way, but once there's a major break in the skin and something that's supposed to stay on the inside is now outside, that's the point at which it becomes "gore".


By definition "gore" IS when something that's supposed to be inside is on the outside.

Depending on the dictionary it can be synonymous with blood spilled by violence or trauma.
 
2013-04-03 02:21:34 PM

LucklessWonder: I have no issue with limiting replays of particularly gruesome injuries. Too many will result in more sensitive viewers changing the channel, thus lowering ratings and affecting the cost of advertising spots. So, be all sensitive in service of the almighty dollar.

Also given the massive amount of media available to consumers, those who wish to see it will have no problem seeking it out.

The exception seems to be Eduardo da Silva of Arsenal's leg break, where even the "videos" I can find are just slideshows of stills of the ankle snapping.


The stills were bad enough. If he hadn't been wearing socks, his foot would have flown into the stands.
 
2013-04-03 02:26:01 PM

wynswrld: The exception seems to be Eduardo da Silva of Arsenal's leg break, where even the "videos" I can find are just slideshows of stills of the ankle snapping.


I don't remember if it was that break -- for some reason I think it was Liverpool or Man U -- but the sunday EPL recap opened the show with a long stadium shot shwoing when the guy had a compound break.  you saw the scrum in the corner, the guy go down, and then within seconds, palyers from both teams hurriedly waving the medical staff over and other players, like the Ware incident, doubling over  and consoling each other.  and the audio was like, "we will not show the injury out of respect to ___and [team]."

/no it wasn't the tottenham heart attack guy
//50-50 ball, dude's leg just crumpled on impact as described
 
2013-04-03 02:28:45 PM

cman: mjohnson71: It's been eons, but how many times that Monday night did they replay the Theismann break? Had to been well over a dozen.

These days you don't even get a single replay.

I think WCW used 30 minutes of a 2 hour show replaying Sid's leg snapping.


So long as no one dies, catastrophe makes for great entertainment.

static.retrojunk.com
 
2013-04-03 02:30:42 PM
People break their legs every goddamn day. This is only a big deal because it happened on television.

Stop farking acting like it was the Kennedy assassination. View it for what it was : Some kid you never heard of broke his leg playing a game. It sucks, but nothing to get riled up about.
 
2013-04-03 03:01:28 PM

mjohnson71: It's been eons, but how many times that Monday night did they replay the Theismann break? Had to been well over a dozen.


I was in college when that game was played and I remember ABC showing it from a lot of different angles and the replay guys would keep coming back to it throughout the game, the "if you just joined us" stuff.  Twenty-five at least.  But this kid's injury ... yeah, thanks, saw it twice, more than enough.  And all he did was land from a jump.  Damn.
 
2013-04-03 03:02:30 PM

rickythepenguin: wynswrld: The exception seems to be Eduardo da Silva of Arsenal's leg break, where even the "videos" I can find are just slideshows of stills of the ankle snapping.

I don't remember if it was that break -- for some reason I think it was Liverpool or Man U -- but the sunday EPL recap opened the show with a long stadium shot shwoing when the guy had a compound break.  you saw the scrum in the corner, the guy go down, and then within seconds, palyers from both teams hurriedly waving the medical staff over and other players, like the Ware incident, doubling over  and consoling each other.  and the audio was like, "we will not show the injury out of respect to ___and [team]."

/no it wasn't the tottenham heart attack guy
//50-50 ball, dude's leg just crumpled on impact as described


I don't think it was what you were describing, but the Grim Reaper himself had quite a bad one at Stoke one year. (NSFW)
 
2013-04-03 03:10:22 PM

Deneb81: UNC_Samurai: I'm assuming the primary factor in the immediate decision not to show it again was the bone sticking out through the skin.  It's apparently some sort of threshold, because we can get insurance commercials with a dude falling down the stairs and having his arm facing the wrong way, but once there's a major break in the skin and something that's supposed to stay on the inside is now outside, that's the point at which it becomes "gore".

By definition "gore" IS when something that's supposed to be inside is on the outside.

Depending on the dictionary it can be synonymous with blood spilled by violence or trauma.


Yes, but blood by itself doesn't cause a production crew to stop showing replays.  How many times did we see Eli Manning's forehead or Tyler Hansbrough's nose, or any boxing match?  Of course, if it were spurting or spraying into the air it might be different.
 
2013-04-03 04:07:36 PM

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: cman: mjohnson71: It's been eons, but how many times that Monday night did they replay the Theismann break? Had to been well over a dozen.

These days you don't even get a single replay.

I think WCW used 30 minutes of a 2 hour show replaying Sid's leg snapping.

So long as no one dies, catastrophe makes for great entertainment.


Except when that someone was Dale Earnhardt
 
2013-04-03 04:25:41 PM

Yanks_RSJ: Apparently, being horrified by a gruesome compound fracture makes me a "nancy" to the internet tough guys.  I can live with it.


You can change your settings so images become links - I find it helpful for work since you never really know what weird sh*t people are going to post. That way I don't randomly end up with inappropriate stuff on my screen.

/not offended by the picture
//don't need to figure out who gets offended by what in the office
 
2013-04-03 04:32:35 PM

IAmRight: You can change your settings so images become links - I find it helpful for work since you never really know what weird sh*t people are going to post. That way I don't randomly end up with inappropriate stuff on my screen.


True, but gore is specifically called out in the FArQ. We just didn't catch this one on time.
 
2013-04-03 04:39:12 PM
I still have not seen the injury and don't plan on it. Not a fan of other people's pain at all
 
2013-04-03 04:56:33 PM

UNC_Samurai: Deneb81: UNC_Samurai: I'm assuming the primary factor in the immediate decision not to show it again was the bone sticking out through the skin.  It's apparently some sort of threshold, because we can get insurance commercials with a dude falling down the stairs and having his arm facing the wrong way, but once there's a major break in the skin and something that's supposed to stay on the inside is now outside, that's the point at which it becomes "gore".

By definition "gore" IS when something that's supposed to be inside is on the outside.

Depending on the dictionary it can be synonymous with blood spilled by violence or trauma.

Yes, but blood by itself doesn't cause a production crew to stop showing replays.  How many times did we see Eli Manning's forehead or Tyler Hansbrough's nose, or any boxing match?  Of course, if it were spurting or spraying into the air it might be different.


Clint Malarchuk agrees.

Anyway, there's no reason for the networks to have to show it; anyone with a morbid interest in seeing this sort of thing can find innumerable videos of it online.
 
2013-04-03 05:55:51 PM

Yanks_RSJ: There's only so many times you can watch someone's leg explode.  For me, that number is zero, I was out of the room as soon as I saw Ware's leg dangling, well before CBS showed a replay.


Whenever TSN or HNIC rehashes the no-touch icing rule I always change chanels because I just know they're gonna replay that video of Marco Sturms foot getting turned around.
 
2013-04-03 08:55:51 PM

FirstNationalBastard: cman: [mimg.ugo.com image 300x300]

/If this is obscure then fark you

With a squeegie?

Anyway, I don't know why they aren't replaying injuries. I thought that was the major people watched sports, especially NASCAR.


Yep...that's EXACTLY why people watch sports. SMDH.

Good lord...some people are too stupid to be allowed to continue breathing.
 
2013-04-03 09:59:04 PM

rickythepenguin: I kind of remember (old man like typing approachign) when Napoleon McCallum's thighbone shattered on MNF in the early 90s, ABC showing the replay OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER such that Al Michaels had to scold the broadcast crew:  "ok guys, we've seen it enough, you can stop now."


his injury was so bad he either almost lost his leg or almost died due to blood loss.  aside from his leg snapping in half, the artery was damaged and he had massive internal blood loss.  pretty nasty stuff.


I was thinking about that. It was so bad, Ken Norton, I think was under him and could'nt get up until they had Napoleon stabilized. The only time I have ever seen that. And I've wasted my life watchin football.
 
2013-04-03 11:40:24 PM
I missed the game, and was glad of it.  Even now, I don't care to see it.  I've seen my share of horrible injuries, and maybe it has something to do with having kids.  I just can't stand it anymore.
 
2013-04-04 12:45:15 AM

Adolph Oliver Bush: FirstNationalBastard: cman: [mimg.ugo.com image 300x300]

/If this is obscure then fark you

With a squeegie?

Anyway, I don't know why they aren't replaying injuries. I thought that was the major people watched sports, especially NASCAR.

Yep...that's EXACTLY why people watch sports. SMDH.

Good lord...some people are too stupid to be allowed to continue breathing.


Yeah, people who are amused by watching steroid freaks fighting for a handegg or a ball really are mouthbreathers.
 
2013-04-04 10:53:23 AM

Norfolking Chance: FirstNationalBastard: cman: [mimg.ugo.com image 300x300]

/If this is obscure then fark you

With a squeegie?

Anyway, I don't know why they aren't replaying injuries. I thought that was the major people watched sports, especially NASCAR.

It's the real reason why people watch but every one pays lip service to the polite fiction that America isn't like the last days of Rome where people were thrown to lions as prime time entertainment.


i watch because i find sports entertaining. i think there are only a handful of sports people watch for the carnage (nascar, ufc, boxing, darts)
 
2013-04-04 11:40:14 AM

UncleStumpy: i watch because i find sports entertaining. i think there are only a handful of sports people watch for the carnage (nascar, ufc, boxing, darts)


Also, if you're watching basketball for the injuries, you're into tantric or something, because you really don't get those jollies off too often.
 
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