Tiger Woods dealing with stiff neck and back because of hotel beds

Tiger-Woods-The-Medalist-Course-RecordTiger Woods has battled a number of injuries over the past several years. Aside from Tiger, we rarely hear about injuries on the golf course. That could either be a result of very few golfers getting injured or people simply not paying attention to anyone but Woods. In any event, the 37-year-old is dealing with more aches and pains as he prepares for The Barclays.

Woods said he woke up with a sore neck and back on Wednesday and was unable to take a full swing on any of his shots during the Pro-Am tournament at Liberty National. The cause? Those damn soft mattresses they use at hotels.

“I didn’t want to push it, so I just chipped and putted,” Woods said, via the NY Post. “It was fine at home, just hotel beds.”

Most people prefer the comfort of their own bed to a hotel mattress, but doesn’t Tiger have a crew of people who follow him around just to make sure his sleeping conditions are as perfect as possible? I like to think someone who makes $60 million a year has a personal Sleep Number consultant following him around from city to city, but apparently even Tiger has normal people problems.

When asked if he was going to find a new hotel and/or bed, Tiger gave a very Tiger-like answer.

“What do you think?” he asked with a grin.

Maybe my Sleep Number consultant theory will prove true now that Woods has gone public with his complaint. We’ve heard of baseball players injuring themselves while sleeping on the bus or dozing off on the plane, but the old Tiger would have never let any of this happen. Perhaps that’s why he can’t drive the ball in the fairway or show up to play on a weekend at a major. Yes, I’m kidding.

H/T LBS tipster David

Claude Giroux needs surgery after injuring finger playing golf

Claude-Giroux-FlyersHockey players are some of the toughest dudes on the planet, which is why they rarely ever make our ever-growing list of weird injuries that we have featured on LBS over the years. However, Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux recently had a golf course mishap that we like to hope is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

Giroux was golfing in Ottawa on Thursday when he broke a club during a swing. He suffered a bad cut and some tendon damage.

“It was just a freak thing,” Giroux told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I was taking a swing and my club hit a little behind the ball. The shaft of the club shattered, but my hand kept going on the swing and the shattered part went right into my finger.”

Giroux also told the paper that there was “blood everywhere” after it happened. There were no broken bones, but Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Giroux will require surgery because of the tendon damage and is expected to miss 5-6 weeks. Fortunately, that should give the 25-year-old plenty of time to recover before the season begins.

We have seen football players suffer bad injuries while playing basketball and MLB pitchers go down while playing with their kids, but the golf course has always seemed like a safe escape. Apparently that is not always the case.

H/T Deadspin

Cowboys safety Barry Church missed practice due to Jolly Rancher injury

Jolly-RanchersDallas Cowboys safety Barry Church missed most of last season after tearing his Achilles tendon. He has fought hard to get back on the field in 2013, but that doesn’t mean a certain hard candy hasn’t tried to stand in his way.

Church has been done in by a Jolly Rancher — a cherry one to be exact. The 25-year-old missed practice on Monday when he woke up with severe pain in his tooth. A few weeks prior, he had chipped a tooth while eating a Jolly Rancher but thought it was no big deal. He was wrong, as he wound up needing a root canal.

“The pain was crazy,” Church said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I was numbed up yesterday because of the dentist appointment. They didn’t want me to practice, but I will be out there today (Tuesday).”

Church added that he has had to deal with plenty of razzing from his teammates and coaches, but that he “took the punches and kept on going.” And since he admittedly has a sweet tooth, he said he’s going to have to stick to softer candies until after the season.

“I have to stick to the soft stuff – Starburst, Skittles, stuff like that,” Church said.

Most of the weird injuries we share with you on LBS like this and this have to do with baseball players. NFL players rarely seem to fall victim, but Church’s Jolly Rancher debacle is easily one of the most embarrassing we have ever featured.

H/T Eye on Football

Tampa Bay Buccaneers K Connor Barth tears Achilles playing basketball

Connor-Barth-BucsA lot of NFL players like to keep in shape during the offseason by playing basketball, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth has reminded us that there are risks involved with doing so. On Wednesday, the Bucs announced that Barth will miss the entire 2013 season after he suffered a torn Achilles while playing in a charity basketball game.

Tampa Bay signed former New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes to replace Barth.

“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Bucs GM Mark Dominik said. “Lawrence and his agent, Ken Harris, had other standing opportunities, but we are pleased that they thought this was the right place for Lawrence to continue his career.”

Barth could have torn his Achilles during any type of physical activity, so we’re certainly not going to fault him for taking part in a charity basketball game with other players. The thing that is worth noting, however, is that this Pro Bowl linebacker reportedly suffered his Achilles injury during a basketball game last season as well.

Achilles injuries are some of the worst in sports, as they take several months to fully recover from. Though a place kicker is much easier to replace than most other skill positions, shooting hoops has emerged as a silent killer for the NFL.

H/T Rotoworld

College DT Kyle Smith suffers horrific injuries while making Bloomin’ Onion

Deep-fried-onionWe have spent a lot of time over the years here at LBS poking fun at athletes who suffer embarrassing injuries off the field, but there is nothing funny about the horrifying incident sophomore defensive tackle Kyle Smith experienced last month. Smith, who plays at NAIA Carroll College in Montana, suffered serious burns while attempting to deep fry an onion.

Smith’s girlfriend, Christie Fredericks, shared the disturbing story with the Casper Star-Tribune earlier this week. She said it all started when the oil on the stove began to smoke.

“Kyle didn’t want the smoke alarms to go off so he grabbed the pot off the stove and was taking it outside,” Fredericks explained. “The next thing I know the lid popped and the oil overflowed. Kyle slipped on the oil and it burned him.

“By that time the house was starting to fill with smoke and Kyle was just screaming at me and my daughter to get out of the house.”

Fredericks said she then took her 2-year-old daughter to the garage and waited for Smith when she heard him yell out, “Call 911…my feet are burnt off.”

“When I finally saw him his pants were melted and he was army crawling to the door,” she recalled. “It was pretty traumatic.”

Paramedics arrived and stabilized Smith before he was taken to the emergency room and later air-lifted to the University of Utah Burn Center. His father, Mitch Smith, said Kyle is burned on 20 percent of his body and that his arms look good but his legs will take a while to heal. He underwent skin graft surgery last Friday, with doctors taking skin from his thighs to replace the skin he lost on his feet, toes, shins and calves.

Doctors estimate that Smith will be in a bed at the burn center for about another month. He won’t be able to run again for four months and probably cannot begin working out for another six, meaning he will likely miss the upcoming football season. Here’s hoping he has a full and speedy recovery.

H/T Deadspin

Texas Rangers’ Jeff Baker hurt thumb on high-five

Jeff Baker RangersTexas Rangers utility man Jeff Baker did not play on Friday because he was unable to grab a bat after spraining his thumb receiving a high-five from a teammate on Thursday. Seriously.

Baker has been Mr. Versatile for the Rangers this season, starting games at both corner infield and outfield spots, as well as second base and DH. He is hitting .317 with nine home runs, and he has been particularly effective against lefties. Baker is batting .386 with eight of his homers coming off lefties, while he is hitting just .237 against right-handed pitchers.

Baker told reporters that his thumb was injured by a teammate who gave him an enthusiastic high-five before Thursday’s game against Toronto.

“I was giving my teammate a high five and the teammate was a little overexcited for whatever reason and bent my thumb back from my hand to my wrist,” Baker said, via FOX Sports Southwest. “I’m not too happy about it.”

Baker likely would have been in the lineup on Friday against lefty Mark Buehrle if not for the sprained thumb.

The Rangers already have Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland on the disabled list, so the last thing they needed was to lose one of their guys to a high-five. Actually, losing a guy to a high-five is the last thing anyone needs.

Ian Kennedy misses start after injuring finger doing the dishes

Ian-Kennedy-DiamondbacksIan Kennedy was scheduled to start on the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, but plans changed when he lost a fight with a kitchen knife. According to FOXSportsArizona.com’s Jack Magruder, Kennedy suffered a laceration on the inside of his right index finger while he was doing the dishes earlier this week.

When asked about hurting himself while helping out around the house, Kennedy was understandably embarrassed.

“There is no cool story to it,” he told Magruder, noting that the injury happened on Thursday. “It is kind of embarrassing, Cleaning a knife.”

Accidents happen, and Kennedy can rest assured knowing he is hardly alone. Pitchers cut their hands trying to do everyday things more often than you might think. Two seasons ago, Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson had to miss time after he sliced his finger while using a pair of scissors. About a month later, Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil injured his hand while cleaning out a basic household appliance.

Unfortunate? Yes. Unheard of? Not at all.