Really, really weird sports injuries

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson sprays water in his face before the start of an NHL hockey...

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson sprays water in his face before the start of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Uniondale, New York, February 20, 2012. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

Tim Baines, QMI Agency

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Pro athletes are often magnificent physical specimens, paid big bucks to perform at a high level. But as The Ottawa Sun’s Tim Baines says, sometimes they’re 10 bricks shy of a nine-brick load when it comes to common sense. And they find themselves getting injured in unique ways. Other times, as was the case with Senators goalie Craig Anderson, it’s just a freak accident, a bit of bad luck. Really, you can’t even make this stuff up.

  • Senators goalie Craig Anderson cut his hand while preparing food
  • Outfielder Ricky Henderson got frostbite after falling asleep with an icepack on him
  • Senators goalie Ron Tugnutt cut his fingers trying to slice a bagel
  • Defenceman Brent Sopel threw out his back bending over to pick up a cracker
  • Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman injured his knee while being run over by a field tarp
  • Twins outfielder Marty Cordova missed games after sunburning himself in a tanning salon
  • Soccer player David Seaman broke a bone reaching for his TV remote
  • Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey injured a testicle when it was pinched by a protective cup
  • Blues goalie Rich Parent suffered a scrotal contusion and ruptured testicle after getting hit with an Al MacInnis slapshot in warmups
  • NHL goalie Glenn Healy needed 40 stitches after cutting his finger while repairing his bagpipes
  • Avalanche centre Joe Sakic broke three fingers while trying to clear snow from his snowblower
  • Braves pitcher John Smoltz burned himself while ironing his shirt — which he was wearing
  • Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire had a puck break his cheekbone — while sitting on the bench
  • Rockies outfielder Larry Walkerseparated his shoulder while fishing
  • In 1930, Jr. hockey player Abie Goldberry was hit by a puck that ignited a pack of matches in his pocket, setting his uniform on fire.
  • Blues goalie Manny Legace strained a hip flexor after slipping on a red carpet placed for Alaskan governor Sarah Palin
  • Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa strained a ligament in his back while sneezing
  • Blue Jays outfielder Glenallen Hill had a nightmare about spiders and fell out of his bed through a glass table
  • Kings winger Dustin Penner suffered back spasms while eating his wife’s pancakes
  • Soccer goalie Santiago Canizares severed a tendon in his foot when he dropped a bottle of cologne on it

 

 


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