Monday, 23 January 2012


what is a sports injury.

you can't expect to play a contact sport and never have an injury. it's like wanting to sunbathe but not think of skin cancer as a potential consequence. it's like eating meat all day every day and not expecting to get colon cancer somewhere down the line. it's like telling your best friend she's amazing every morning and not expecting her to fall for you. it's like pirating intellectual property over the internet and not being worried of governments clamping down on online privacy. excessively.

and so, it happened last week, though not at an inopportune time (i believe in double negatives). the field was not very flat, and my skills (or lack thereof) are not very admirable, so when my friend clipped me ever-so-slightly as i was running with the football, i fell awkwardly and sprained my ankle. aside from the initial groaning in agony and not being able to walk for a good half hour, i cannot say this is anything anyone hasn't experienced. it was not life-shatteringly painful and i was up and about in an hour or so. the pain and swelling was worse come nightfall, and even moreso the next morning, but this was all to be expected. full recovery in a week? i would imagine so.

i would like to point out my friend's reaction at having injured me, though. amidst the jeering and calls for 'fake injury' (damn you, van persie), my friend who clipped me was thoroughly apologetic and extremely (if not excessively) worried about it. i think, i wouldn't mind everyone having the odd spinjury that good sportsmanship and fairplay come to the foreground. that being said, maybe i just haven't seen how bad things can get, and all the persons maimed and scarred for life would beg to differ. so, speaking for myself here, i'd like to (over-the-internet-anonimously) thank my friend for being such a good chap about it all. even though you did out of desperation knowing full well that i owned you like a boss. and that i will surely find the perfect opportunity. when you are dribbling like a legend. goalbound and already victorious. to slide you with a tackle from the worst angle.





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