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Thursday, March 09, 2006

A show of support

Evidently, some folks, who have chosen to call me "Canidiot" are having a hard time comprehending the "26" in my banner. I thought I was pretty clear about this, but in case there are others who are confused, I'll be more clear. For those of you already on the same page, please bear with me for a moment.

It is pretty common for sports teams to display the number or the jersey of a teammate who has suffered a very serious injury. To wit:
  • In 2004-05, the Carolina Panthers of the NFL had all their players wear t-shirts displaying the numbers 51 and 58 under their jerseys. This was a show of support for players Sam Mills (51) and Mark Fields (58), both of whom were diagnosed with cancer and forced to step away from the game. Mark Fields came back, but Sam Mills lost his life to Hodgkins' disease.

  • In 1999, the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball hung the 49 jersey in their dugout for several weeks. This was a show of support for manager Larry Dierker, who suffered a seizure which forced him to temporarily step away, and ultimately required brain surgery.


  • These are just two examples of a team showing support for a player (or coach) who is recovering from a serious injury or illness. It happens all the time.

    I don't play for the Hurricanes, so I don't get to go in the locker room. What I can do, though, is display his sweater number on my blog. It's my way of saying "Erik Cole is one of my favorite players on my favorite team. He has recently suffered a very serious injury that could have been a lot worse. He's lucky that he'll have a chance at a full recovery and a return to the game. My thoughts are with him as he endures the very difficult recovery, and I wish to send him my best wishes and support him through that process." That's a little much to put in the banner, and I wrongfully assumed that most people would understand the simple "26".

    The previous banner was a little more subtle, but it was the same sort of thing. Josef Vasicek had an MCL tear in his knee, which obviously isn't a life threatening thing, but put him on the IR for a VERY long time. He was featured in the photograph, and it was my way of saying "Hey buddy, we miss you and can't wait for you to get back on the ice".

    So there you have it.

    Got it?

    3 comments:

    The Acid Queen said...

    d00d, if they didn't get my "Heavy Metal" quote, they won't get this.

    Jes GÅ‘lbez said...

    I thought the 26 was for Ray Sheppard!! Damn :(

    Eric said...

    This also happens in college football all the time.. They will wear a number on the back of thier helmets for an alumni who has passed or a player injured or a number retired etc etc...

    Keep up the support.. our Canes need us now more than ever.

    PS. Nice to see another Canes fan from Greensboro.. glad I'm not the only one driving.

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