This is the first installment of "What the F&%ck!!!!?" - a weekly column that takes a look at the bad side of things. It's named in honor of this guy, and its content will include material that makes me want to do what he does at the :41 second mark, and pretty much all the way through to the end.
Obviously this week I've gotta look at Chris Borland's injury for what pisses me off. In fact, I think my reaction when he left the ASU game was very similar to what you saw in the above video. I had a feeling the minute he left that game that this is where we were headed. You don't leave for the second time in three games with troubles on your surgically repaired shoulder and then jump back in and finish out the season like nothing happened. I knew the plane had crashed into the mountain.
The kid's a stud, and he's done for the year. As a football fan this kind of thing happens to some important player in your life pretty much every year, but it never gets easier.
I'm a pretty level-headed guy when it comes to injuries too. I can even talk myself into "hey, now we just get another year from him on the back end!" since he's likely going to get the medical redshirt for this year.
But it still stings.
And not just from a selfish fan perspective who wants to see the team win. My heart genuinely goes out to these guys that suffer season-ending injuries. Not just when it's a good player, but when it's a certain type of player. The type like Borland that, as Adam Rittenberg writes here, is the kind of player that might have fared better in the leather-helmet era, when men played 60 minutes and participated in all three phases of the game.
You can tell he loves football, loves playing with his teammates, and a big piece of him has been taken away for a year. Again, there's the consolation that with the redshirt, he still gets 4 years of college and there's nothing career-threatening about the injury, but I still kinda want to ball my fists up and scream fuuuuuck! at the top of my lungs a few times.
As an aside, while "researching this article", at one point I was going to bring up something about Lee Evans' knee injury in 2002...you know, the one that happened in spring ball, a couple weeks after he decided to take a pass on the NFL and play another year with the Badgers (I think I shed a man-tear for Lee that day)...I stumbled upon his humorous Wikipedia page, which I will show you in an image because I have a feeling it will be changed momentarily, and the link won't do any good...just read the opening paragraph: