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Tuesday, May 17, 2005 

Freak Show

The recent injury to Kellen Winslow while he was riding his motorcycle made me think about other freak sports injuries. There's the famous story of Larry Bird permanently hurting his hand in a pickup softball game before he joined the Celtics. Or Rocco Baldelli of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays who has missed time this season because of a knee injury sustained in a backyard basketball game. And one of the most unfortunate events in Red Sox history occured after the 1967 season, when Cy Young winner Jim Lonborg hurt his knee while skiing and was never the same.

You'd think athletes today would know better, especially with all the money that's at stake, but I guess their competitive (and risk taking) nature gets the best of them.

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