A few sports things you may be interested in...
Zdeno Chara damn near broke some neck with this check on a hapless Canadian. Chara stands 6'9" and weighs 250 or so.
The players head/neck hit the area where the glass starts up after the un-glassed area in front of the bench. Even with a helmet, that's gonna hurt and maybe even kill.
Chara got a 5 minute match penalty and was ejected from the game. His victim got a severe concussion and a series of cervical fractures. The NHL, after reviewing the tape of the game, chose to not suspend Chara for the incident.
The Montreal police have a different view of breaking someone's neck, and are initiating a criminal investigation of the matter. Several players have been prosecuted, but this one looks like an accident.
I took a beating all weekend on the Sports sites I go to. It was like people thought that I broke the guy's neck, just because I root for the Bruins. My thoughts on a big kid like Chara maybe not really knowing his own strength weren't met with much agreement by the majority of non-Bostonians I spoke with, although I think that's the case here.
Let's cheer things up a bit with some death-defiance that ended well.
Blake Griffin won the most recent NBA dunk contest by jumping over a car to dunk a basketball. Purists dismissed the dunk, because Griffin jumped over the hood of the car. Kobe Bryant jumped over the whole car, but that was staged.
Guy Dupuy is not nearly even close to as famous as Griffin is, but he dunks better.
Guy entered a contest in that well-known hotbed of basketball dunking, Poland. He brought out a better car... a snazzy Polish convertible, which he parked under the basket. He had his buddy stand by it and hand him the ball as he jumped over the car. He even took it between his legs before dunking.
In other news...
Our closest school still in the high school tournaments lost last night.
New Bedford won the South Sectional girls basketball tournament. They went to the Gahhhden last night, and took on the girls from Andover for the right to play the central/western Massachusetts winner for the state title.
Unfortunately, Andover beat New Bedford, 54-46. New Bedford, the former top seed, finishes the season 24-1.
Big fat props go to the New Beddys for getting that far. Great season, girls!