We’re Pretty Sure This Is The First Bobblehead-Related Athlete Injury We’ve Ever Seen
The vast, ever-increasing collection of bizarre athlete injuries - provided they're not too serious, of course - is one of those tangential things that nevertheless adds endless amusement to the sports fan experience. (Why, we wrote about one just yesterday.) But while a sleep-aggravated shoulder injury ranks up there with some of the weirdest (and most-innocuous-seeming) we've come across, an injury suffered last night by Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen might top it - possibly in a "pure oddity" sense, and definitely in a "How have we not heard of this happening before?!" sense.
Nielsen was just minding his business last night, smiling after teammate Graham Zusi scored a terrific goal. Then, suddenly, he was on the ground, at the hands of an object that, as far as we can see, it was hard to detect. Here's what it looked like:
Later, of course, it was revealed that the object that struck Nielsen was...a bobblehead doll head. Sporting Kansas City held a bobblehead night for forward Omar Bravo, understandably not expecting it to go this terribly wrong. Fortunately, though, Nielsen was ultimately well enough to get up and finish the game (won by Sporting KC, 3-1).
This made us think...we've never heard of a bobblehead-caused injury before. Sadly, this was surprising - they've been an immensely popular giveaway for long enough that surely some idiot would have used one as a projectile before this. A cursory search provided us no immediate evidence of other bobblehead injuries, which...hey, it's a good thing, but still - not what we expected. In his own way, Jimmy Nielsen may have been a part of history last night. Painful, painful history.
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