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Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:28 pm
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

The same fantasy football nerds who so enraged Texans running back Arian Foster earlier this week likely spent most of Wednesday pouring over X-rays of Foster's balky hamstring to gauge if he would, in fact, be ready for the season opener on September 11. 

No need to fear people only interested in stats and not the well being of the actual players behind them. Foster reports that he's fine.

"This is an MRI of my hamstring, The white stuff surrounding the muscle is known in the medical world as anti-awesomeness," he tweeted Wednesday.

For those of you concerned that notifying the world that his hammy isn't yet 100 percent just leads to, among other things, baseless speculation, Foster has a response for that, too.

"If I had a "significant injury" why post it?" Foster added on Twitter later Wednesday afternoon. "I'll be fine, it was just meant to make fun of the whole situation. Humor is lost nowadays."

Fair enough. But former Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, appearing on ESPN radio Thursday morning, gave one reason why publicly sharing injury information is, in general, a horrible idea. If Bruschi were preparing to play against Foster, guess what he'd focus on should the two end up at the bottom of a pile? Yep, you got it.

“As a defensive player, if this is his hamstring, noting that the sore spot — the white spot that he calls anti-awesomeness — is in the middle of the hamstring, as I’m getting off of a pile, maybe I push,” Bruschi said, according to PFT.com. “Maybe that’s where I push. Because I know that’s exactly where it is. I give it a little dig, I give it a little twist as I get off the pile. Maybe I do that.”

You can say this skirts fair play and good sportsmanship but Bruschi wouldn't be doing anything illegal. It is in the spirit of the rules? Probably not, but you can't flag a guy for using another player to pull himself off a mass of humanity. (Not yet, anyway. That said, we wouldn't be surprised if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell arbitrarily decided to start fining players for it midway through the season. The man is nothing if not unpredictable.)

So while Foster sent out the X-ray for a laugh, it also served as a neon sign to would-be opponents pointing right at his hamstring.

Fair or not, that's the reality.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:49 pm
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring



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Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:23 am
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

LMAO... good one IgglesPhan, I think you speak for most of us when it comes to Bretts anti-awesomeness. That would be a pretty shocking text to receive "wow, hey a text from Brett Favre, let's see what he has to say....... what the fuck!!!" hahaha 



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

The beauty of all this, is exactly what Foster said. The art of humour is lost nowadays!He is trying to find a way to connect with the masses. He seems to have a sarcastic sense of humor. He's trying to stay relavent after his newly found celebrity. Keep it real though. IF THAT IS HIS REAL HAMSTRING SHOT!!!!!
LET THE FUN REALLY BEGIN ARIAN FOSTER!!
I bet that will never be done again , joke or no joke!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

All that said, I'm glad we're talking about photos of Arian Foster's anti-awesomeness and not photos of Brett Favre's anti-awesomeness.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

 Anyone who is shocked at these comments, or condemns Bruschi for saying it, obviously has never played or been a part of competitive football. This is commonplace, he's not saying to do a LaBlount and step on the guys head. Foster was stupid for posting that pic, he'll regret it. Every defensive player and defensive coach in the league were already thinking the same thing before Bruschi mentioned it, trust me. This is exactly why Belichick keeps injuries so close to his chest, why give your opponents ammunition?



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

The Mick is dead on. When you're on the field, you do what it takes to win. If Arian Foster, or anyone else for that matter, is going to be so ill-advised as to put up a gigantic flashing sign with an arrow pointing to "HERE'S WHERE TO HIT ME", well, you can expect every one of the defensive 11 to be aiming right where that arrow points. That's taking care of your business, Sun Tzu style. I know for a fact that if I've got an opportunity to deal with the second- or third-stringer instead of a guy who can likely juke me out of my shoes and make me look like a Pop Warner reject come contract time, then I'm going to take that opportunity. Similarly, if Coach thinks the second-stringer is fresher or more talented than the first-stringer (and guys, this happens), I'm gonna wrap up put my guy down on the turf, but I'm probably not going to be told to take him out dirty.

Why is this shocking to people?




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

The NFL is far more business than sport. What Bruschi says here is common on all teams. Wins mean more money; more money means you and your family are better taken care of; winning means your personal livlihood is more secure; it's that simple. There is not a team in the league whose veteran players do not teach the young guys how to win and that winning means taking advantage of your opponent's every weakness. To think otherwise is simply naive.     
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:28 am
 

Bruschi would take aim at Foster's hamstring

wow, I guess some folks on this site never played sports growing up. This stuff happens all of the time. You get your fingers in someones face mask, expect to get bit. You are in a pile going after a fumble, you think no one is pinching, pulling, or punching. These players are worried about their careers, not their opponents. Everyone is trying to get paid and win games. Some of you are in complete denial if you think otherwise.


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