Thursday, July 17, 2008

(Don't) Keep Choppin' Wood, Josh

If you haven't heard already, one of the guys who is supposed to be challenging for the starting quarterback job in Miami sustained an injury to his throwing hand in what has to be one of the most ludicrous displays of common sense I've heard of.

Josh McCown cut the index finger on his throwing hand after (get this)....he was holding a piece of wood while his younger brother Luke (QB for the Bucs) cut it with a chainsaw. The chainsaw hit a knob and the chainsaw jumped, cutting his finger.

Now, just take a second to reread that sentence.

Maybe it's just me, but anything that could involve "jumping" chainsaws seems like the kind of activities a professional QB should avoid.

McCown, who relies a great deal on his hands to make millions of dollars, somehow arrived at the notion that it was a good idea to hold a piece of wood in place while another person brought spinning blades down in the general vicinity of said hands.

This sounds like something taken right out of The Stooges - except that it actually happened.

Luckily, this incident happened back on July 3, and McCown says the injury was not serious and that he will be fine when training camp opens.

You'd think that pro football players would have got the message to stay away from all wood cutting activities after Jack Del Rio's "Keep choppin' wood" fiasco from 2003.

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