The Mitchell Report: Ware Injury, Crosby and the Red Sox
Posted March 31, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
The Kevin Ware injury during the Louisville/Duke game was one of the worst things I've ever seen in sports. It wasn't just the injury itself, which was awful, but the reaction of the guys on the court. His teammates couldn't even stand. It was one of those sickening moments where you just can't imagine the kind of pain the kid is experiencing. I give a lot of credit to CBS for not showing the injury over and over. They showed it twice and then, once it became apparent how bad it was, they stopped showing it. I will also say I am proud to work for a news operation in WRAL that will not be showing the video. Our management made the decision minutes after the injury that we will not replay that. This is always up to the individual station and I really think it's the right call.
You really have to feel for Penguins star Sidney Crosby. He was hit in the mouth with a puck during Saturday's game, needed surgery on his jaw, and will miss a significant amount of playing time. Pittsburgh is hoping to have him back for the playoffs which begin at the end of the month. This guy has had some really bad fortune in his career so far. Because of a concussion he missed 41 games in the 2010-11 season. He only played in 22 games last year and he missed all of the time in the lockout this year. That is a lot of games for a guy in his prime who has the chance to be one of the best ever. It's hard to call a guy "injury-prone" when he's hit in the mouth with a puck. It's just bad luck and you hate to see that happen to that kind of player.
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Get ready for the next big young star this year in the Major League Baseball. The Red Sox put Jackie Bradley Jr. on the opening day roster. He will start in left field making him the youngest opening day starter for the franchise since Carl Yastrzemski. Bradley Jr is one of nicest kids you will ever meet. I got the chance to cover him when I was working in Columbia, SC. He is one of those guys where you just knew you would see him in the "Bigs". The thing that sticks out about him is his maturity. I predict he will be an absolute star in Boston. He's got the personality and poise to handle the spotlight of Fenway.
Great article by the Sporting News detailing Tony Stewart's busy life. He is a team owner and a driver and that causes some stress at times.
If you are among the many people confused by Tony Romo's new contract, read this Forbes story that details why he got the money from a business perspective.