Posted: Friday September 16, 2005 9:31AM; Updated: Friday September 16, 2005 11:10AM
Today's list is not for the faint of heart -- or stomach. But Thursday's 10 Spot item on the German League soccer player who had his member sliced open during a game got us thinking about the all-time most gruesome sports injuries. These are the ones that make you wince anew no matter how many times you've seen the replay. Here they are in no particular order.
Mike Cameron has said he is still suffering from headaches as a result of the Aug. 11 collision.
1. Carlos Beltran-Mike Cameron collision, 2005: The Padres' David Ross hit a sinking liner to medium right-center on Aug. 11 to set off this violent smash-up. Center fielder Beltran and Cameron, a former center fielder playing right, both dove after the ball and crashed face-to-face at full speed. Cameron fared the worst of the two, necessitating surgery to repair multiple facial fractures. He has yet to return but is expected back in 2006. Beltran suffered a hairline facial fracture and missed a week of action.
2. Joe Theismann's broken leg, 1985: The fact that Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor fell on Theismann's leg on the primetime stage of Monday Night Football has made this the most indelible of injuries. Theismann dropped back on a flea-flicker that did not fool the Giants defense and was swarmed by three defenders. Fans could sense that something was very wrong when L.T. immediately and furiously called for medical help. A reverse angle clearly showed why; Theismann's right leg had snapped clean in two. The compound fracture ended Theismann's playing career but launched one in broadcasting.
3. Clint Malarchuk's sliced jugular, 1989: The Sabres goalie had his neck slashed in a freak incident when Blues forward Steve Tuttle slid into him skates-first. Malarchuk's blood gushed in an arc and created a pool on the ice, causing nine fans to faint and two to suffer heart attacks. Sabres trainer Jim Pizzutelli, however, was able to stanch the bleeding by applying pressure to the six-inch wound and doctors sewed the vein back together. Amazingly, Malarchuk was back on the ice a few weeks later.
4. Dave Dravecky's broken arm, 1989: Giants pitcher Dravecky won his first start in an inspiring return from cancer in his left (pitching) arm. In his second start, though, Dravecky's arm shattered while throwing a pitch against the Expos. Later that season, Dravecky broke the arm again after getting caught in a celebratory dogpile when the Giants clinched the pennant. Cancer later returned to the arm, leading doctors to amputate in 1991. Today, the very religious Dravecky says he considers the cancer a blessing since it's enabled him to meet and counsel others facing such obstacles.
5. Tim Krumrie's broken leg, 1989: The Bengals' All-Pro nose guard was trying to tackle 49ers running back Roger Craig in Super Bowl XXIII when his left ankle caught in the turf and twisted nearly 180 degrees. The result was two broken bones and gasps in living rooms throughout America. Krumrie had a 15-inch rod inserted in the leg and returned the next season, but was never the same player.