The only thing worse than absolutely annihilating your leg in a soccer game is doing it three minutes into the match. If you’re a twisted person like most of us and like something about watching nasty injury videos, this is your lucky Saturday. Steve Zakuani of Seattle Sounders was the victim of a vicious slide tackle from Brian Mullan of the Colorado Rapids on Friday, and the result was a broken tibula and fibula.
For those of you wondering if Manny Ramirez has any pop left in his bat at age 38, Roy Oswalt has your answer. Oswalt left the Phillies game against the Rays on Wednesday — under his own power — after he was struck in the back of the head by a Ramirez line drive. Fortunately Oswalt was able to turn and avoid injuries similar to those suffered by Blake Hawksworth last season. Check out video of Roy Oswalt hit by a line drive, courtesy of Crossing Broad:
Oswalt was being taken to a local hospital for x-rays, but the fact that he was smiling and able to walk off under his own power is a good sign. Don’t worry, Phillies fans — the greatest rotation in baseball history will still have a chance to prove its worth.
Many moons ago we were raving about the Golden State Warriors who were 6-2 through their first eight games. That same day we also posted about the collision between forward David Lee of the Warriors and Wilson Chandler of the Knicks. Lee’s elbow got crossed up with Chandler on a rebound, and some of Chandler’s teeth got stuck in Lee’s elbow (see the video). We had no idea at the time that the injury would end up derailing the Warriors’ season.
Lee wound up missing the team’s next eight games and the Warriors struggled going 1-7 without him. They won his first game back but have lost six in a row since then. Knowing how valuable Lee is to the Warriors, you’re probably wondering how a tooth to the elbow kept him out for over two weeks. Now you know why:
That is one freaking hideous picture. My apologies to you David for wondering if you were soft.
It’s that time again. Let’s file another clip under nasty injuries, shall we? This time the unlucky entrant comes from the CFL. Leron Mitchell of the Saskatchewan Roughriders had his leg snapped during a loss to the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL Championship game. Considering his team lost and his leg was mangled, it’s probably safe to assume it was one of the roughest day’s Mitchell’s ever had. Check out the Leron Mitchell CFL injury video, courtesy of Deadspin via YouTube user wetbanditsdotcom:
Kind of reminds me of that YouTube clip all my friends used to watch in middle school of that kick boxer snapping his leg clean in half while trying to kick his opponent in the leg. Anyone?
What? Arm wrestling’s a sport. Especially when you’re arm wrestling to determine not only who the bigger man is but who’s buying the next round at the bar. Besides, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to throw a real life experience into the nasty injury mix here at LBS. Here’s an x-ray of my friend’s cleanly snapped humerus, or in Layman’s terms the bone that goes from your shoulder to your elbow.
Your initial thought is probably, “did it hurt?” Yes, of course it hurt. But it didn’t start to really hurt until he looked at our friends’ faces and realized that the noise he just heard, which sounded like a branch snapping and could be heard over the music and ruckus in the bar, was his arm. A handful of screw’s and a metal plate later and my buddy should be making a full recovery just in time to get his golf swing back when the weather warms up again. Don’t worry, he’s a pretty strong arm wrestler with his left arm, too.
Like most of our nasty injury videos here at LBS, we wouldn’t recommend watching this video if you’re squeamish and don’t like seeing things bend in ways they shouldn’t be bending. If gross injury videos are right up your alley, feel free to pause the video at about 10 seconds to see Jamie Hampton’s leg resting on the ground like that of a rubber action figure. Here is Troy’s Jamie Hampton leg injury video, as pointed out by Sports by Brooks Live:
I thought Dan Mason’s dislocated knee was bad but I must say this looks a little worse. Nobody wants to look down and just see a leg dangling — not even the opposition.
Video Credit: YouTube user MidwestDrummer
With the amount of comeback line drives that are hit in the direction of pitchers, it’s amazing there are so few serious injuries. Unfortunately, scares like this have become part of the game. St. Louis Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth was taken to the hospital Saturday after he was drilled in the face with a line drive off the bat of Cubs outfielder Sam Fuld. Hawksworth suffered severe lacerations to his face and lip but somehow seems to have avoided a concussion. He walked off the field under his own power and will reportedly be kept overnight in the hospital.
The video is tough to watch, so I’d only check it out if you have the stomach to watch a baseball hitting someone in the face. You can also see blood collecting pretty rapidly on his jersey right after he goes down. Here’s the Blake Hawksworth line drive to the face video:
Between this and Dan Mason’s dislocated knee, it’s been a pretty gruesome few days for the sports world.
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