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Friday, January 11, 2013

MooPig Report from the Middle :: "Fake your Own Injury"

Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  BryanTX

[Picture LINK] " ... I stopped a long time ago caring who walks off with the trophy. But I love great stories, and I appreciate hard-working salt-of-the-earth people. (John Canzano)

Oregon Player Faked Injury To Get Walk-On Ebanez In Fiesta Bowl - Business Insider:

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" ... It turns out that Ebanez ... [# 91 in photo] ... is a Rudy-esque figure — a walk-on who worked hard and found his way onto one of the best teams in the country.

He grew up in North Pole, Alaska, and he explained, "They have candy canes for light posts on the main street, and a giant Santa house."

He's graduating in the spring, meaning the Fiesta Bowl was his last game ever, and his coaches and teammates love him. So it should come as no surprise that one of his teammates pulled a clever trick to ensure that Ebanez would get on the field at the Fiesta Bowl. (Tony Manfred | Jan. 8, 2013, 1:41 PM. HERE) ..."

" ... [T]his is serious stuff to Ebanez. He's at practice every day where he stars on the Ducks scout team. He goes so hard in practice that two years ago he was named the scout team's offensive player of the year. Last year, amid a shortage of defensive backs, he jumped in on defense and was named defensive scout team player of the year. This season, nobody was surprised when Ebanez was named scout team special teams player of the year. (John Canzano, The Oregonian. December 31, 2012 at 2:17 PM, updated. HERE)... "

" ... [S]ince he [Ebanez] is not on scholarship and dedicates so much of his time to the full-time job that is college football, Ebanez has had to take out more than $70,000 in student loans during his four years of college. In fact, the NCAA is so strict with regulations during the academic year that the non-scholarship players aren't allowed to dine alongside those receiving financial aid for playing sports. (ibid.) ... "

The authors of these articles point out the college school of football meritocracy.

Football lore is full of "meritocracy." With the number of games available on so many levels, one could root for his Pop Warner mighty mites on one afternoon, root for his High School team another day, root for his College team on Saturday, and tune in for his Professional football team on Sunday. It's true. There is lots of occasions to watch meritorious football playing, live and boisterous.

I played football through high school. I went to a small private university, that had a football team, but I wanted to try something new. In college I took up Rugby.

I soon learned how to fake an injury for the team. Yes, sometimes the team is gasping for air, and barely able to scrum up, so the captain quietly whispers "Two Minutes Darnell" ... and I would feign an injury so the team could get a two minute blow. Sometimes, I didn't need to fake an injury, as some long legged Fly Half would run right over me, or a rabid Hooker who had it in for me.

You see, Rugby goes forward as the clock runs, there is no break between plays, and if you stop with the ball or fall down with it, you are the epicenter of a loose ruck. Plenty of opportunity to fake your own injury.

That's MooPig's Report from the Middle, where the men are meritorious, women are strong, and the children are above average. Thank you, Garrison Keillor.

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