NHL players are grown men, which means they get to make their own decisions. While more and more players are opting to wear a shield each year, there are still plenty who refuse. I’m not here to advocate that the NHL start forcing players to wear shields or a full cage since injuries are not all that common, but there is no arguing they would make the game safer. In fact, even the shield can’t protect you from all dangers. Just ask Bruins forward Daniel Paille, who took a Steve Staios slap shot directly to the face Monday night during a Boston victory. Check out the video of the brutal play:
A lot of things have been said about squash here in America. When I was in college, people used to say it was boring and pointless, but that it provided a tremendous workout. Rarely did I ever hear anyone describe squash as a dangerous sport, but now that I think about it, I can see how it certainly could be.
Although the ball is rubber and has some give, anything that you are trying to whack that hard has the potential to become dangerous. When the world record holder for fastest squash ball ever hit is involved, you might even envision how things could get out of hand in a hurry. That would be especially true if said record holder’s brother volunteered to be drilled in the back with a squash ball. Check out the video of squash record holder Cameron Pilley nailing his brother in the back with a shot, courtesy of SI Hot Clicks:
Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster became the latest NFL player to suffer a gruesome injury on Monday Night Football. Foster’s leg got caught under a teammate and snapped in the wrong direction. Make sure you realize that this injury video is difficult to watch:
Our thoughts are with Foster and we hope he can make a full recovery. The good news is that they say bones reset well following clean breaks, so hopefully that will be the case.
UPDATE: The Colts have tentatively termed it a “dislocated right ankle.” That is putting it kindly. It sure looked like the lower part of his leg snapped.
No matter how many times we see these nasty sports injuries on video, they never get easier to watch. Those of us who are college basketball fans are familiar with the name Edgar Sosa. Sosa was a star at Louisville but went undrafted in 2010. Over the summer he has been playing with John Calipari and the Dominican Republic in the FIBA Americas tournament trying to establish a name for himself. On Monday during a win over Panama, Sosa suffered a horrific leg injury that is being reported as a fracture tibula.
We have seen a number of similar injuries over the years such as this one, this one, and this one, but you have to feel particularly bad for a guy like Sosa who was working hard just to gain recognition. Hopefully the leg heals quickly and he can get back to playing and trying to prove himself.
Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew suffered one of the nastiest injuries we’ve seen. In the fourth inning of the Arizona-Milwaukee game, he had his ankle snapped sliding into home after tagging up on a fly ball. The entire D-Backs bench was deserted after Drew was taken off the field because all the players were checking on him. Not to compare injuries, but this was even worse than Buster Posey.
Drew suffered a fractured ankle on the play and will likely need surgery, meaning he’s likely done for the season. I can’t think of many worse ways to have your season come to an end than that. We just hope he can make a full recovery.
Showtime’s new show The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants debuted on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, Showtime released a clip of the show that we saw at SI Hot Clicks, and it mostly dealt with Buster Posey’s recovery from his ankle injury. If you watch the video, you can see his ankle was swollen, discolored, and disfigured at the time of the filming. Check it out:
Our buddy The Sports Hernia termed the ankle “grotesque” and that seems appropriate. Not only is it plain to see that Posey has a long way to go in his recovery, but it’s clear his views on catching have completely changed.
The most interesting part of the video came at the end when Buster said there was “no way, no chance” he would let his child become a catcher. Maybe if Buster had played third base like his sister, he would feel differently.
On Friday we passed along the story of Xtreme Couture trainer Neil Melanson who had his toe amputated instead of missing a year of training. Melanson had his toe removed by choice. What happened at Miguel Torres’ gym in Indiana was by accident. First, we present you the censored version of the photo because we warn you, it is the most disgusting toe injury you will ever see.
Now, if you can stomach it (this picture can make you vomit), we present the uncensored photo via Miguel Torres’ twitter account: