Two weeks ago in Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was viciously struck in the eye with a puck. Staal suffered fractured orbital bones, loss of vision, and could miss the rest of the season. Unfortunately this is just one example of countless eye injuries that have occurred to players who refuse to wear a visor.
In the 2011-12 NHL season, over 90 players fell victim to concussion or concussion-like symptoms, with these individuals missing over 1700 combined games.
In 2006, Rick DiPietro was poised to become the next great American goaltender. Just six years (and countless injuries) later, his fifteen-year contract has become a sterling example of the type of contract the NHL now forbids.
The internet hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has dominated recent sports news since Deadspin reported that one of the most talked about stories of the college football season was actually fabricated by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, and perhaps others.
Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau shocked the sports community when he shot himself in the heart in May 2012. Shortly after his death, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stepped in to recover and study Seau’s brain. This past week, Seau’s widow and his son came forward to confirm that the NIH found signs that the linebacker suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain condition.
The NFL Arrest tracker (yes, that actually exists) will add yet another name very shortly, as Seattle Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch was arrested on “investigation of DUI” early Saturday morning. The news became public late Monday night.
On Saturday night, while Canadians everywhere prepared for Canada Day, Jonathan Vilma filed his second civil suit as a result of the NFL’s “pay for pain” bounty scandal.