Please, ESPN, Youtube, et al, stop showing severe injury clips; More on Big Ten expansion

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We live in a strange society. People slow down to see the carnage in wrecks, others can’t look away at awkward scenes in movies (Am I the only person who changes the channel when I know somebody is about to be embarrassed?), some listen to crap like Marilyn Manson. A lot of morbid stuff out there.

One train wreck I’ll never understand people watching is severe injuries in sports. Remember Shaun Livingston’s grisly knee injury? The former NBA star tore nearly ever tendon in his leg and broke several bones a few years ago during  a game. Many consider it the worst injury in NBA history. Total hits on youtube: More than 100,000.

Joe Theismann’s broken leg in 1985 may be the most infamous injury in sports history. It was so gruesome that Lawrence Taylor was screaming and waving frantically for help from the Redskins sideline. It also ended Theismann’s Hall of Fame career. Total number of hits on youtube: More than 2,000,000.

There have been dozens of others nasty injuries that people just can’t seem to take their eyes off. Napoleon McCallum’s dislocated knee in 1994 (an injury that resulted in a ruptured artery and torn calf), Robin Ventura’s broken and dislocated right ankle in 1997, Freddie Mitchell’s broken leg, DeAndre Brown’s broken leg last year, etc.

The latest gruesome injury was suffered by Texas A&M guard Derrick Roland (pictured above), who suffered a broken leg in last night’s loss to Washington. That injury is already up on youtube.

I’ll be honest. I’ve seen some of these. But I’ve rarely gone looking for them just to watch. In fact, I’ve had enough. It’d be great if ESPN and the other networks would stop replaying them over and over. And it’s not enough to warn viewers that the footage isn’t for those with weak stomachs. Just don’t show it. And why does youtube allow this stuff? The only things youtube doesn’t seem to allow are porn (not that I’ve searched), death and copyrighted material (thanks a lot RIAA for Nazi-banning all the Hootie and the Blowfish videos).

Every time one of these injuries occurs, the earlier ones get a lot of run. And the hits go up on youtube. Hell, I’ll bet several people who clicked on this blog did so to find links to clips. Suckers. Thanks for the blog hits, though.

Alden tees off on Big 12, Big Ten

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden (above) is a buttoned-down guy. He rarely says anything controversial and rarely strays from walking a straight line (the latter might have cost Missouri an Orange Bowl bid in 2007, but that’s a blog for another day). But he loosened up considerably in a Q&A with the Columbia Daily Tribune’s Joe Walljasper (a hell of a columnist) on Sunday. Here’s the link to that interview, well worth a read: http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2009/dec/20/frustration-and-temptation/

The most intriguing comment in that interview:

Walljasper: Is there some sort of concern about alienating Texas to the point it would leave the conference?

Alden: You know what, I don’t know the answer to that question. There are a couple of schools — Texas, Oklahoma, maybe Nebraska — that aren’t in favor of sharing things equally. But whether that means people are worried about alienating Texas, I don’t know.

It speaks volumes. I gotta think Missouri is gone if the Big Ten extends an invite.

Another item that stands out in that interview: Alden points out that Missouri will make $9 million in TV revenue this year, that’s $3 million less than Texas and about $1.5 million more than Baylor. But here’s the kicker … Illinois, yes 3-9 god-awful Illinois, will make $21 million.

Stay or go?

As I’ve stated before, Missouri would be foolish not to leave if the Big Ten offered. The Big 12 simply can’t match the conference academically or financially. However, the best-case scenario might be Missouri using all of this as leverage to level the playing field for the likes of MU, KU, K-State, Colorado and Iowa State. Dan Beebe and company should be nervous about the Missouri/Big Ten flirtation. Then again, this is the same guy who said the Tigers’ big rivals were Texas and Texas Tech. Sort of like Darth Vader’s big rival was the Tusken Raiders. More of Beebe’s brilliance on Tim Griffin’s ESPN blog http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4755750 (Denial ain’t just a river in Texas, er Egypt, commish).

Other expansion links to click: http://www.big10mizzou.com/, http://www.810whb.com/podcasts (Frank Boal podcast) and the KC Star’s “Mad” Mike DeArmond with another solid take http://videos.kansascity.com/vmix_hosted_apps/p/media?id=8141194

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2 thoughts on “Please, ESPN, Youtube, et al, stop showing severe injury clips; More on Big Ten expansion

  1. Tracy

    I used to watch I Love Lucy with my knees drawn to my chest, hands slapped over my eyes, peeking out in conjunction to the laugh track to see if whatever ridiculous scheme she had concocted was over. I was also completely unable to watch The Three Stooges, Daffy Duck or the Tazmanian Devil as all three were way too chaotic for my child’s psyche to process. So I completely understand your perspective. After all, sacking a quarterback so hard he unwittingly recreates one of Mary Lou Retton’s floor routines is not something an athlete would or should expect, and shouldn’t be glorified by the networks when it does. However, one sport I have to exempt is NRA bull riding. Climbing on the back of a 2000 pound animal, hanging on with one hand, for the sole purpose of seeing how long it takes to knock you off pretty much opens the doors for exploitation of the resulting injuries.

    • Ernie Webb III

      Those bull-riding sissies wear Darth Vader outfits now anyway. Last time I saw it on TV they had face masks, chest protectors and pads on. And throw Tom and Jerry in to your list of cartoons. I always wanted Tom to catch his ass.

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