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Soccer player Leo Ponzio bursts hemorrhoid during match (Video)

For those of you who want to argue that soccer players are not tough, look no further than the disgusting video above. When I first saw this, I thought for sure it had to be some sort of joke. Maybe River Plate midfielder Leo Ponzio fell on paint on the field. Perhaps he was wearing a pair of edible underwear that wasn’t suited for temperatures above 80 degrees and it melted through his pants. Either of those would have been much more bearable than the truth. As Dirty Tackle reluctantly pointed out, Ponzio ruptured a hemorrhoid during a win over Boca Unidos.

“It was weird what happened to me, because I had spent a week in which I had eaten well,” Ponzio said according to Terra. “In the meantime I had been fine, but after a move that threw me to the ground I opened myself more than usual and I started to feel the blood. I felt that something had broken.”

How he was able to finish a match under those conditions is beyond me. Even if it didn’t hurt that much, I think I’d pass out when I felt was was going on. Most people would rather deal with a broken jaw like this, a nasty cut from a skate to the face, or a horrible leg break than have their can bleeding down their shorts. Today, we crown Ponzio one of the toughest men in sports.

College basketball player Chad Renfro survives shark attack

Barry University basketball player Chad Renfro will have to stay off the court for quite some time, but after what happened when he was visiting his parents in Jacksonville last weekend he’s lucky his career is not in jeopardy. According to WSVN-TV, Renfro was bitten by a shark while surfing at a beach near his parents’ home. Despite suffering a nasty foot injury where the shark latched on, Renfro was able to make it to shore where he was rushed to the hospital by lifeguards.

“I just got a wave and I was paddling back out and I felt a shark clamp on my foot,” he explained.

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Aaron Cook receives nasty cut on leg after being spiked (Photos)

We now have a new injury that can rival Amar’e Stoudemire’s utterly gruesome battle wound.

In his Red Sox debut on Saturday, pitcher Aaron Cook received the ugly gash on his leg that you’re seeing above. He suffered the injury when Orioles DH Chris Davis spiked him sliding into home during the second inning. The cut needed 11 stitches to close up, and on Sunday Cook was sent to the 15-day DL.

The above image is a more tame look at the injury. (It looks more like somebody’s chapped lips in that photo than a bad wound.) So, if looking at horrifying leg gashes is your thing, here’s a more grisly look at Cook’s leg:

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Amar’e Stoudemire shares picture of his hand full of stitches from nasty injury

If Amar’e Stoudemire was trying to win some public sympathy by tweeting a picture of his hand full of stitches, he was successful. The Knicks forward shared the above picture via Twitter on Friday, and said “A millimeter away from my nerve. Thanks to the Most High I’m still able to heal an recover.”

“Most High” was a reference to God, and if you look at that thing, it’s hard to disagree. When I first saw that picture, I thought I was looking at a picture of the cover of “Moneyball” the book. Tell me his palm doesn’t look like the seem of a baseball with all those curved stitches.

Instead of mocking Stoudemire like I did when the story first came out, or sharing pictures of T-shirts making fun of the event, my mood has completely shifted to feeling badly for the guy. Stoudemire says he wants to play in Game 4 of the Heat-Knicks series on Sunday. Though he’s doubtful, he may get his way. I would actually cheer him if he made it back for that game rather than boo him for his stupidity. The guy made a dumb mistake and has apologized. I forgive him. It’s hard not to after seeing that.

Miguel Cabrera bloodied after taking ground ball to the face (Video)

Brace yourself, Prince Fielder — Miguel Cabrera might want his old position back. They don’t call it “the hot corner” for no reason, and Cabrera was reminded of that during the Tigers spring training game against the Phillies on Monday. As you can see from the photo above that @WorldofIsaac shared with us, Cabrera ate a ground ball that took a nasty hop off the grass during the first inning. It appeared that the ball hit his sunglasses, which caused a nasty gash under Miguel’s right eye.

After the injury occurred, Tigers beat writer Chris Iott tweeted the following: “Miguel Cabrera is bleeding as much as I have seen a baseball player bleed. Cut near his eye. Game on ESPN.”

Aussie Rules Football player Eric MacKenzie knocked out after taking ball to the head (Video)

That’s gonna leave a mark. Australian rules football has a reputation for being a rugged sport for a lot of reasons. The most common is that the players tackle one another, but they don’t wear a ton of padding and helmets like their counterparts in American football. Never in my life, however, have I considered the ball itself to be a dangerous weapon. As you can see from the video above, Eric MacKenzie of the Aussie Football League recently found out the hard way that it can be.

The good news is MacKenzie probably didn’t feel a thing — when it happened. Something tells me there was a little swelling a few hours later. Fortunately, it is believed that Eric is going to be just fine.

Thanks to Busted Coverage for the video

Taylor Hall Takes a Skate to the Face During Warmups (Video)

There have been plenty of instances of pulled hamstrings and tweaked muscles during hockey warmups, but never can I remember someone taking a teammate’s skate to the face.  Unfortunately, that happened this week.  While the Edmonton Oilers were getting loose before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, forward Taylor Hall fell and went sliding across the ice along the boards.  He took down teammate Ladislav Smid in the process, which forced Corey Potter to have to try to hurdle both of them instead of skating into them.  In hindsight, he should have just stayed on his feet. Check out this video that Puck Daddy shared with us:

Luckily it sounds like Hall avoided serious injury.  Rather than going to the hospital he was stitched up by a plastic surgeon in the dressing room.  He still had to be scratched from the game.  We’ve seen guys take pucks to the face or the side of the head before, but a guy taking a skate to the face during warmups is a new concept.  Let’s hope it becomes an old one, too.