When I think of sports injuries, I always think back to a certain scene in the Simpsons where Homer delights in being able to watch them occur. There’s something morbidly satisfying about watching rival players get injured. However, for them, it’s anything but a laughing matter. Players get injured in all sorts of ways, and sometimes, these injuries just don’t follow the script.
So, grab a cold one and get ready for some truly bizarre sports injuries.
Joel Zumaya – Guitar Hero – Hey, we’ve all enjoyed our share of Guitar Hero over the years, right? But, there comes a point when you know you’re addicted. That point arrived for Joel Zumaya as he developed a wrist injury right in the middle of the playoffs. Next time, he might just want to stick to air guitar!
Bill Gramatica – Fist Pump – This a famous injury, and one that was particularly severe for the Arizona Cardinals’ Bill Gramatica. While celebrating a field goal, he landed badly after a fist pump. The damage was done – an ACL tear in his leg. Of course, specialized treatment for sports injuries with severe consequences like this has come a long way over the years. Still, an ACL tear simply isn’t going to heal that quickly. Bill ended up missing the entire season due to his celebrations.
Lionel Simmons – GameBoy – What is it about video games?! Our next subject is Lionel Simmons of the 1991 Sacramento Kings. He ended up giving himself thumb tendonitis in both thumbs after playing far too much GameBoy. This was his rookie year, so it was a heck of a big deal that he ended up putting himself out of action. If you ask us, the addictive qualities of Tetris were probably worth the injury anyway.
Adam Eaton – DVD – Yes, a DVD caused an injury. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Well, you could, but it wouldn’t sound as bizarre as this. Adam Eaton of the 2001 San Diego Padres ended up stabbing himself in the stomach over a DVD. Nope, it wasn’t because he didn’t like it – he was trying to get the plastic wrapping off. In the process, he ended up causing a minor horror scene, putting him out of action. Was the movie even that good, Adam?!
Darius Vassell – Toe Drill – We’re jumping over to the UK for this one, where soccer star Darius Vassell deserves a mention. While playing for Aston Villa in the Premier League, Darius decided to take injury matters into his own hands. A particularly nasty blister was causing him some hassle, so he decided to get rid of it. Did he go to a specialist? Nah. Did he use his hands to pop it himself? Nope. He used a power drill. What else is there to even say about this?! Don’t try this at home, folks.
I’d love to tell you that these are the only bizarre sports injuries out there, but we’ve barely even got started. I haven’t got the time to write a 20,000-word article either, so you’ll just have to find out the rest for yourself and don’t forget to share below. Enjoy!