The Boston Globe has compiled a list of the most significant sports injuries in Beantown athletics history. Fantastic. We love lists. Especially when they come with photos. Hooray!
Irony: No. 1 on the list is Tom Brady’s season-ending knee injury. Second on the list? The chest injury that sidelined Drew Bledsoe in 2001 that led to Brady’s first start and, eventually, a Super Bowl.
The last person on the list, you ask? It’s Jim Rice’s broken hand in 1975 that caused him to miss both the ALCS and the World Series after being hit by a pitch from Tigers right hander Vern Ruhle.
There’s some pretty significant injuries on the list. We’re just not ready to call Brady’s the most significant EVAR just yet. We don’t even know how the season will play out. If Matt Cassel steps in and takes the Patriots to the playoffs or even the Super Bowl it’s not so significant, now is it?
But to digress, our own Hickey offered this analysis of the situation:
“So let me get this straight… former Patriots WR Darryl Stingley is paralyzed by Jack Tatum, and these assholes have the gall to call Tom Pussy’s knee injury more significant? Stingley was turned into a fucking quadriplegic! Or what about Travis Roy, the BU kid who was paralyzed on the first shift of his hockey career? I’d say it’s a little early to put the jury out on this one, especially since he won’t be in a wheelchair the rest of his life. What over-hyped nonsense.”
Then again, any time an injury forces you to re-sign a third string quarterback out of Idaho State to back up your rookie back up, you’ve got problems.
So, here’s the question. What happens if (GASP) Matt Cassel breaks his leg this week? I’m not saying it’s going to happen. Nor do I want it to happen (ESPN would go into an armageddon frenzy). But what if it did?