On – 25 Jan, 2017 By Joyce Kong
Pro athletes, they’re just like us!
Rockets F Ryan Anderson "lopped off" skin from his right thumb pushing down trash at home last night. Will have to see how improves by Wed.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 13, 2017
Anderson is one of the best shooters in the NBA. He shoots with his right hand. This could be bad for him and the Rockets.
But it also reminded us at For The Win that sometimes athletes are as dumb and careless as us normies with our mediocre athletic abilities and regular ol’ jobs. From our Slack discussion:
“as the person in charge of trash for a household that produces a lot of it, i can see how that ryan anderson injury could happen.”
“totally agree re: the danger of trash”
“how the hell are you guys handling your trash”
“there are sharp edges”
“i jumped into my trash can last night … trying to compress the trash”
“I’m in the middle of packing right now. There’s a 100% chance I’m injured before we’re in the new place.”
Anderson’s hardly the first to make us feel on the same plane as the pros. Here are eight other athletes to injure themselves in memorably stupid, normal ways:
(This post was compiled through the For The Win staff’s memory as well as two helpful weird injury lists on ESPN and Complex.)
1. Tom Glavine
In 1992, the Braves’ defending Cy Young Award winner broke his ribs. It happened because he was throwing up. He was throwing up because he ate airline food.
2. Derrick Rose
In 2008, the Bulls rookie cut his finger open, too. For him, it was after peeling an apple — he left the knife in his bed where he ate. But Derrick, the skin is full of essential fiber and vitamins!
3. Matt Kuchar
This headline says it all: “Matt Kuchar injured back while shopping for Slip’N Slide.”
4. Darren Fletcher
The Manchester United midfielder had a bathroom stall door fall on his head. From a Daily Mail report back in 2008:
The 24-year-old required stitches in a head wound and a club insider told the Daily Record: “It happened half an hour after the end of the match. It looked very, very nasty. I saw blood pouring out and the medical staff had to treat him there and then. I know he got stitches. He looked pretty dazed and pretty shocked.
“You don’t expect a door to just fall on you.”
Maybe you don’t. But some of us know the danger of doors.
5. Sammy Sosa
We all remember when the Cubs star sprained a ligament in his lower back thanks to a sneeze. But did you know Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar did the same thing two years ago?
6. Lionel Simmons
The Kings forward was a rookie in 1991. He was young. It was 1991. So of course … he developed tendinitis in his wrist and forearm … from playing Gameboy. “It’s not unusual for Lionel to be focused on something,” Jerry Reynolds, the Kings’ general manager at the time, told reporters.
7. Kirk Broadfoot
The Glasgow Rangers defender was trying to poach an egg in the microwave. It exploded.
8. Jason Isringhausen
We have to quote ESPN’s “All-Bizarre Injury Baseball Team” on this one:
“Closer: Jason Isringhausen (Athletics)
Broke his hand while punching a trash can just weeks after stabbing himself in the leg trying to open a package.”
We are all Jason Isringhausen.