Getting hurt on the field is one thing. But pro athletes are just as prone to injuring themselves in unusual ways as the rest of us. Need proof? Here are 10 freakish instances where mind lost out to matter.
In 2005 Barmes, then a rookie shortstop with the Colorado Rockies, was sidelined for three months with a broken collarbone after he fell down a flight of stairs while carrying a package of deer meat given to him by teammate Todd Helton. Doctors inserted a titanium plate and nine screws to help the bone heal.
In his first full season with the San Diego Padres in 2001, Eaton suffered a bizarre injury when he accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach while trying to open a package of DVDs with a paring knife.
In 2003, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio placed some wood and an ax in the team's locker room to inspire his players to "keep chopping wood" after an 0-3 start to the season. Hanson, taking Del Rio's message far too literally, gashed his right leg with the ax while trying to chop the wood, thus ending his season.
In 1997, after scoring on a one-yard run late in the first half of a game against the New York Giants, the Redskins quarterback celebrated by head-butting a padded wall near the end zone. Frerotte suffered a sprained neck and was taken to a nearby hospital. Remarkably, he was able to play the following week.
An incident during spring training in 2002 left the Giants' star second baseman with a broken wrist. Kent initially claimed that he sustained the injury while washing his truck; however, subsequent media reports indicated that Kent hurt himself when he crashed his motorcycle while doing stunts on it -- in direct violation of his contract.
In 1998, while pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Anderson decided to test the temperature of an iron…by pressing it against his jaw. Yes, it was hot.
While kicking for the Arizona Cardinals in 2001, Gramatica tore the ACL in his right leg while celebrating a 43-yard field goal. In the first quarter. Of a regular season game. He missed the rest of the season.
During his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings in 1990-91, Simmons missed two games with tendinitis in his wrist, brought on by too much time spent playing his Nintendo Game Boy.
After a particularly disagreeable meal on a team flight in 1992, Glavine threw up so violently that he cracked two ribs and landed on the disabled list.
Following the 1988 season, Vanbiesbrouck -- an All-Star goaltender with the New York Rangers -- lacerated his ulnar nerve and three tendons when the glass table he was sitting on collapsed. He needed five hours of surgery to remove glass shards from his wrist and repair the damage. He recovered in time for the team's training camp three months later.
Sources: Wikipedia and media reports
North boys win Deer Creek Invitational; Memorial girls clear 200 points
The Edmond North boys track squad used a strong showing in the relays to roll up 178 points and outpoint host Deer Creek at the annual Deer Creek Antlers Invitational Friday at Deer Creek High School. The Antlers claimed the runner-up trophy with 158 points.
It was more of the same in the girls division as powerful Edmond Memorial once again cracked the 200-point barrier en route a 203.7 total with North a distant second with 110 points.
The Huskies got off to a roaring start as they won the 400 meter relay in 42.25 for 20 points shortly before Mark Sharpton, Jaylon Jones and Reagan Harris added 20 more points with a 1-3-4 finish in the 100 hurdles. Sharpton took the gold with a time of 14.75, Jones was third and Harris fourth. Harris won silver in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40:50.
Edmond mixed-martial artists raising money for bombing victims
Nineteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, one family says the financial loss still haunts them. Brandon and Rebecca Denny are two of only six child survivors from the American Kids Day Care on the second floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. After the bombing, Brandon spent several months in intensive care and a rehabilitation center before going home. He has a permanent shunt in the back of his head and now also suffers from seizures.
Schrock throws perfect game again
Kalynn Schrock was overpowering from the outset in throwing a perfect game as No. 22-ranked Central Oklahoma blanked Washburn 4-0 in the first game of a Mid-America Athletics Association doubleheader in Topeka, Kan., Saturday afternoon.
The Ichabods rebounded in the nightcap, jumping out to an early 5-0 lead en route to a 5-3 victory that dropped the defending champion Bronchos out of the league lead. UCO is now 35-11 on the season and 19-3 in the MIAA, trailing No. 5 Emporia State (36-9, 16-2) in the standings.
Santa Fe blanks Midwest City; Cain, Rivas score hat trick
The Edmond Santa Fe boys used a big second half to blank Midwest City by a 2-0 count Friday night at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
After missing several opportunities in the first half, the seventh-ranked Wolves found the mark in the final 40 minutes for the two-goal district win.
“We’re 3-0 in district now so you can’t ask for anything more than that,” Wolfpack coach Joe Peeler said. “Moore and Southmoore are both improved so our next games will be tough.”
The unwavering Bulldog
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone as Edmond as Byron Graham.
He was born in 1947 at St. Anthony’s and was soon brought home to his house on Eighth Street. He never left, except for a stint to go to college at Oklahoma State and upon graduation, he landed right back teaching in the Edmond school district.
Monday, Graham, a longtime educator and coach in Edmond, received a call informing him that he had been selected for the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. He will be inducted formally at 6:30 p.m. July 27 in the Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa.
“It’s quite an honor,” he said. “I was surprised because I know the high school put out some information last year and I didn’t make it. I thought it was a one-time deal and really didn’t know.”
North sweeps Southmoore
Edmond North freshman Addy Guthrie assisted Abbey Bright on both goals in a 2-0 shutout of Southmoore Tuesday night at North High School.
The triumph bumps up the Lady Huskies’ district record to 2-0.
In boys action, the Huskies walloped the SaberCats 6-0 behind a pair of assists by senior Alex Mullet.
Edmond North will host Moore Tuesday with the Lady Huskies kicking things off at 6 p.m.
Fired coach unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
The president of Minnesota State University-Mankato accused a football coach of looking at Internet porn on a work computer before firing him, an arbitrator has revealed. The official said the claim could not be supported, and the coach shouldn't have been fired.
Athletes, coaches named to the FCA 2014 All-State Team
The Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes announced their 2014 All-State selections. These All-State athletes and coaches will be honored at the Western Heritage Museum on Tuesday.
The FCA All-State Award was established to recognize achievement in the classroom and on the athletic field while being involved in their local FCA Campus Organization. FCA recognizes the character, academic and athletic achievement and Christian faith of an individual student-athlete. FCA All-State athletes are all high school seniors who are nominated by the local FCA Sponsor in each community.
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Pacheco, baseballers sign letters of intents
The Deer Creek Athletic Department sent off another four athletes Wednesday afternoon in a signing ceremony for scholarships at Deer Creek High School.
Cole Pacheco, who wrapped up his illustrious high school wrestling career with his third consecutive state championship, obviously is going to the next level.
Surprisingly, Pacheco is not going to wrestle.
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