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2/11/2008 01:59:00 PM
Most Graphic Sports Injuries
Mike Cameron had to undergo facial surgery after a nasty collision with Carlos Beltran in 2005.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik narrowly avoided a fatal injury over the weekend when his neck was sliced by the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen. Though his carotid artery was severed, Zednik had surgery to repair it and is now in stable condition. Zednik joins the ranks of the most graphic sports injuries of all time. Here's my top five...
1. Joe Theismann: Sure, he won a Superbowl, set all sorts of records and went on to a long career in the announcer's booth, but most people will immediately remember Joe T. for the way his lower leg snapped when he was sacked by Lawrence Taylor.
2. Clint Malarchuk: All you have to do is google Clint Malarchuk to get an idea of what I'm talking about. Anytime someone has an injury so severe that his teammates are vomiting from the sight of it, that qualifies.
3. Napoleon McCallum: Theismann will be remembered as suffering one of the most gruesome football injuries of all time, but McCallum's dislocation of his knee during a nationally televised Monday Night Football game was just as horrible, if not worse.
4. Mike Cameron/Carlos Beltran: While the Mets currently have Moises Alou -- who once shattered a leg while running the bases and later tore an ACL falling off a treadmill—in left field, two seasons ago it was centerfielder and rightfielder Cameron and Beltran who collided, head-first, both going full speed after a sinking liner. Thankfully, both have recovered and are still playing today.
5. Allan Ray: During the 2006 Big East Tournament, the then-Villanova guard was poked in the eye, making one eyeball appear to spring from its socket. He was able to play, however, just a week later in the NCAA Tournament.
What's the worst sports injury you've ever seen? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
The Richard Zednik injury during sunday nights Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo Sabres game, the one where his throat was slashed when his teammates skate flew up, should be added to that list. He is in stable condition in a Buffalo Hospital.
Bryant Young, DT for the SF 49ers' brokrn leg, dislocated knee incident was pretty graphic, as well as Tim Krumrie's broken leg flailing in mid air during their Super Bowl loss to the 49ers was also a pretty gross sight to see. The worse I had ever seen was a girl running the hurdle, and her leg snapped and bent back over her shoulder. Maybe it's on youtube somewhere, I don't know.
Prothro, the WR from Alabama a few years ago who broke his leg. His leg, mid-shin, was basically at a right angle. He was an NFL-caliber prospect and never recovered. Same guy who made that ridiculous catch of a ball behind the back of the cornerback between him and the ball.
Probably 1975 or 1976, Steve Yeager of the Dodgers was kneeling in the on-deck circle, I believe in San Diego. The batter, Bill Russell, broke his bat on a foul ball and the broken off piece went spinning and struck Yeager in the neck, dangerously close to the jugular...
Malarchuk lost buckets of blood, literally pouring out. All the other player were just standing around him completely at a loss of what to do. The stadium was dead silent. I think everyone thought they were watching him die right in front of them. All the broken legs are pretty awful sights, but Malarchuk's injury takes the cake in my book.
Kerry Wood and Hee Sop Kim colliding on the third base path at Wrigley Field, Kim fallig abckwards and his head bouncing off the path and knocking himself out. Only time I've seen the ambulance come onto the field.
Then there was the time Sosa was hit in the head by a pitch and his batting helmet basically exploded.
David Busst's leg break in 1996 is by far the worst injury in Premier League history. There was blood all over the pitch and Peter Schmeichel puked! He needed 26 surgeries and almost had his leg amputated. That, my friends, puts all other injuries in the shade.
William McGhaee. The way the showed the zoom in replay right after. They only that once. Also, I was at the Cards when Juan Encarnacion got hit and you heard 2sounds the ball hit the bat and ball hit his face. It was awful!
Michigan State's Tyrell Dortch breaking his leg against Wisconsin. Went up to defend a pass and when he came down his lower leg just snapped. Equally gross was Brian Butch and Idong Ibok dislocating their elbows last year. Listening to them scream was very hard to do.
Joseba Beloki in the 2003 Tour de France. Road temps were north of 120F and the glue holding his tire to the rim loosened, he came out of a hairpin turn on a mountain descent hot, hit the brakes, fishtailed and then BAM! slammed into the pavement near 50mph. Broke his hip, elbow, & a few other bones. He was shown balling like a little kid as his team director held him while waiting for the ambulance.
Here is new for you, how about the Moose in seattle prior to a Mariners game slamming into the wall and holding his leg up with his foot going the wrong direction, similar to Robin Ventura. Or Jay Feeley dislocating his elbow on MNF.
Shawn Livingston and, to a lesser degree but still horrible, Jorge Garbajosa. The Garbajosa one sticks out in particular for me because of the way he looked at it and then yelled, and Jose Calderon had to come over and cover up his eyes so he couldn't see it, as well as Al Jefferson's reaction upon seeing the deformed leg...it looked like a mix of 'yo that was a sick dunk' and 'I just drank 4 litres of milk at once'
I saw a picture a while back of a Pittsburgh Steeler undrafted rookie who had dislocated his knee during a spring practice game. The problem was that while he was lying flat on the ground face down, one foot had the toes on the ground like they should be, the other foot had the heel on the ground. His leg had done a complete 180.
Not that it compares in gruesomeness, but Willis McGahee's knee injury in the nationally televised college final a few years back was pretty vivid. Seeing his knee bend that way, was pretty hard to watch.
The Malarchuk, McCallum and Vicious ones take the cake for me (outside of auto racing accidents), but not many people remember Kirby Puckett's last regular season at-bat, where he took a fastball directly on the face from a Cleveland pitcher. It was tough to watch.
I'd Have to say Ed McCaffrey when he broke his leg on MNF, Malarchuk where he was bleeding all over the ice, Sid Vicious of WCW, Jermaine Dye when he fouled a ball off of his leg and broke it, and Billy Wagner when a line drive hit him square in the face.
As a Naval Academy grad, Napoleon McCallum was a hero of mine. That absolutely gruesome knee dislocation almost cost him his leg as the injury severed an artery. I remember watching the game and almost puking at the site ... it was on a kickoff return as I recall.
Kris Draper (Red Wings) getting face-planted by Claude Lemieux (Avalanche) was pretty bad. That crushed most of his face.
I have seen most mentioned whether live or later on video and Clint Malarchuk is prolly the worst I have seen. I can't imagine anyone thought that guy was going to live when they saw all the blood he lost.
Last year at the X Games Jake Brown fell to the ground from 45 feet. His head slammed down to the ground and both shoes flew off. 80% of falls over 20 feet are fatal. Thought I was watching someone die on live TV.
Many years ago, Mark Howe playing for the Hartford Whalers sliding feet first into the goal, back when the back of the goal was shaped like the McDonald's arches. His hamstring became impaled on the sharp point, Howe then trying frantically to dislodge himself from the point as he lost buckets of blood. Hockey goals are now made flat across the back because of this incident.
the injury over the weekend of Eduardo, in the EPL game for Arsenal against Birmingham. Sky Sports refused to show any replays. His career might be over. He got a compound fracture of his left leg. Both bones.
As Anonymous mentioned on Feb 15, Napolean McCallum's injury severed the artery in his leg. I understand the blood loss was so severe that he almost died on the operating table the night of his injury. I agree that his was much worse than Theisman's, and thank God you don't see many replays of it.
Eduardo's broken leg, this past weekend, was pretty bad. I agree about Theisman and David Busst too. Micheal Owens knee injury at the '06 world cup comes to mind also. Mary Pierce blowing out her knee was pretty bad, just for her screaming. I'll also mention Aarto Sarri (or however his name is spelt..) who is a pro skater and fell down a large stair-set. They didn't even show that on a skate video and they don't usually bother. Also on the subject of skaters, Danny Way blowing out his ACL is pretty bad, for the same reason as Pierce's (i.e the screaming).
most recently in the english premier league playing soccer arsenal striker eduardo da silva nearly got his foot taken right off by a birmingham defender, if he hadnt been rushed to the hospital he would have had his whole foot amputated, he broke his leg in two spots and fractured his ankle, you could actually see all the bones poking out of his sock, the worst sports injury i have ever saw in my life
David Busst - American viewers don't know him, but he suffered what is still universally regarded as the worst soccer injury ever: extensive compound fractures to both the tibia and fibula, with the bones sticking out of his skin.
Manchester United's goalie, Peter Schmeichel, who saw it right when it happened, apparently vomited upon seeing it, and a number of the players who were there underwent counseling it was so gruesome.
David busst was without doubt the worst in any sports. Go to youtube and type "David busst injury" and you will see the photo at the end of the video. There are a few legs there..however one is completely without a shin or a foot Ouch!!!!
Also Alex Zanardi who was t-boned by another race car at 180 mph and lose both legs...but survived