Hands up those of you who remember what a Charlie Horse is, or a hip pointer. Anyone who has followed sports for more than a decade will know that they have long been common injuries in hockey and football. Along with the pulled hamstring and the separated shoulder they can keep a player out of the line-up for a day or two, or possibly several games depending on the level of pain and discomfort.
Welcome to 2015, and the world of the lower body injury. Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets picked up one of those, and hopefully he’ll be back for the playoffs, says this couch potato with great optimism.
Last fall, my Roughriders failed to repeat as Grey Cup champions because their main man, Darian Durant, was injured in the ‘Banjo Bowl’ in early September, and never returned. It looked like a very nasty dislocated elbow, or worse, but to most of the world at large it was a ‘significant upper body injury’. What’s with all the mystery and obfuscation ?
Gone are the days when you could hide an injury like the broken collar bone that Matt Dunigan played with when he quarterbacked the Toronto Argos to a Grey Cup victory in frozen Winnipeg in 1991. More importantly, and thankfully you can’t ignore concussions any more.
I suppose there might be concerns that providing too much information about injuries plays into the hands of professional gamblers. Going way back in history, long before twitter and other instant media, legendary ball players like Babe Ruth had ‘substance abuse’ problems, but rather than steroids and blow, his substances were likely to be too much beer and too many hotdogs. The Bambino and his teammates on the 1927 Yankees would probably have loved it if his legendary hangovers could have been described as ‘upper body injuries’.
Please, tell us what’s really going on out there, on the field or the ice.
I’m Roger Currie