Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Avery's spleen

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen in Tuesday night’s game, and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

He was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital after the game, and was admitted following a CT scan. He is expected to make a full recovery during the off-season.
The spleen is an organ found in all vertebrate animals. In humans, the spleen is located in the abdomen of the body, where it functions in the destruction of old red blood cells and holds a reservoir of blood.
First of all, here's hoping he makes that full recovery.

What's interesting about this story (other than perhaps the prevalence of these injuries in hockey players over the years) is that there was an original report from the New York Daily News that said Avery had gone into cardiac arrest in the middle of the night.

It's since been removed from the online edition, but I believe it ran in the papers and Eric McErlain at AOL FanHouse has a roundup of that coverage. The original online piece can be found in this screen shot.

This comes about a month after the paper linked Avery to "a notorious Manhattan madam."

On the spleen front, Peter Forsberg had the organ removed during the 2001 playoffs after he "complained of stomach pain and coughed up blood after a game." The Leafs' Nikolai Borschevsky also had his removed after a hit in a game in 1993.

The Tampa Tribune had a look at various spleen injuries in sports in the fall of 2006.

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At 5:51 p.m., April 30, 2008, Blogger moeman said...

Why the need to mention a leaf?

At 5:58 p.m., April 30, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

Because he had his spleen removed?

At 6:13 p.m., April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carey Wilson had his spleen removed after being speared by Steve Smith in Game 6 of the Smythe Division finals. Revenge from the hockey gods on Mr. Smith was swift and harsh. :)

At 6:14 p.m., April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1986. G6, Smythe finals, 1986. Now hopefully that comment makes more sense.

At 6:16 p.m., April 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple time this past month, the NY Post had rearranged certain quotes to make players sound as though they meant one thing when they were talking about another (Brodeur's Team Canada quotes were intermingled with Jersey vs. Avery quotes). Today the NY Daily News reported that Sean Avery was discovered unconscious and not breathing, both of which were untrue. Curiously, in that same article they managed to squeeze in past allegations that Avery was tied in with a prostitution ring. I'm not sure what that had to do with the heart attack that they believed that he had had, but there it was.

There has been much made about the accountability of bloggers vs. the Main stream media and "real" reporters, but certain papers coming out of New York are continuing to make me wonder if accountability is no longer needed, no matter what medium you write for. The Daily News, once they found out that their original source was incorrect, simply changed their entire story. No, they didn't edit their story - they changed it without explanation or apology.

Alanah, at Kukla's Korner, wrote a good article on how they mishandled the entire situation, and how it wasn't the first time. I found it interesting to find in the comments section that someone had noted a past 'factually challenged' article written by the same reporter (if we're still calling him that) concerning Mario and Crosby diving. It's just a comment, but I've always wondered how Crosby got the reputation that he has - perhaps this hack is part of the answer to that question.

At 6:30 p.m., April 30, 2008, Blogger PPP said...

moeman - why the need to complain about this blog's content?

At 6:55 p.m., April 30, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

desdemona - I'm way off topic, but the mainstream news media has become less about covering news and more about entertainment. Why else would be selling tshirts of their stupid irrelevant sensationalist headlines. (some are even weird, why would you want this one?)

At 8:08 p.m., April 30, 2008, Blogger Regina Dunlop said...

moeman: Did you seriously complain about the mentioning of a Leaf?

I'm a Pens fan and hope everything's alright.

At 10:36 p.m., April 30, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

Why the need to mention a leaf?

It's all part of the Canadian Conspiracy to get Philadelphia.

Oops, I've said too much...

At 11:39 p.m., April 30, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) The original Daily news article is clear cut slander. As we we wrote earlier this afternoon its a case of the media making up facts to support their preconcieved notion
2) As we and others here have mentioned, its us bloggers who have been ridiculed for doing what the mainstream press did here; Made up facts/made accusations unsupported inuendo, etc.
3) The News should apologize to Avery and fire the witers/editors of this non-story. We won't hold our breathe

At 12:05 p.m., May 01, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

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At 2:02 p.m., May 01, 2008, Blogger Pensgirl said...

Desdemona, it struck me that the implication the NYDN was going for was cocaine. When a professional athlete goes into cardiac arrest, drugs and undetected heart defects are the first things that come to people's minds. By implying that Avery has a "seedy" lifestyle, I really think they were suggesting that he uses the kind of drug that is associated with that lifestyle. That there is no basis for such an implicit accusation doesn't deter the NYDN, evidently.

It's really nothing short of distasteful (and would be even if he actually did go into cardiac arrest, though the fact that he didn't only makes it worse).

At 2:11 p.m., May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Dellapina just doesn't get it. He took a shot at all of his colleagues today:

"Finally, for all those from other media outlets and newspapers who have sarcastically dismissed our initial web story about Sean Avery’s hospitalization since the Rangers refuted it Wednesday afternoon, I wonder:

"Was your initial reaction that the story couldn’t have been correct or did you simply race up to the MSG Training Center to get player reaction? And, did you call the hospital and/or Avery’s representatives to get the real story or did your “reporting” simply consist of taking the team’s word for what happened?

"Fortunately, the intrepid men an women of the press who have exposed baseball’s steroid problems didn’t similarly regurgitate what they were told by people who understandably want their businesses viewed as beyond reproach."

I think that people would be forgiving had the Daily News kept the original story online, but ammended it with reference to the original story. Mistakes happen in reporting, sources can be wrong, but I've never seen a story completely erased without a trace. Had the Daily News believed that it was a story worth standing by, why did it disappear completely? The only proof that it ever existed is a screenshot.

To me, the bad reporting didn't happen when they were wrong but when they didn't take any responsibility for reporting false information.

At 3:47 p.m., May 01, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fortunately, the intrepid men an women of the press who have exposed baseball’s steroid problems didn’t similarly regurgitate what they were told by people who understandably want their businesses viewed as beyond reproach."

Is Dellapina being serious when he writes this? I think that may be the most unintentionally hilarious thing I have ever seen written. If I could I would laugh right in his face.

The rest of it is ridiculous, they obviously just made up the story or used a 'seedy' source and should have had the guts to at least reference the original story.

It will be interesting to see if Avery sues the paper like he did Howard Berger after Berger reported that he made cancer jokes at Avery's expense.

At 11:53 a.m., May 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me that Dellapina is stating that what was orignally reported was true, but they can't publicly corroborate the facts.

You need to recall that MSG has an official policy of banning all reporters that report anything negative about the team, or Dolan and will fire any MSG employee found speaking out of turn to the media. So no one is going to go on the record. Ask Larry Brown how talking to the media out of turn worked out.

MSG and media witch hunts have been exposed earlier this season in several of the NY daily papers don't always believe what you read and even more so when it comes from official MSG sources.

Having said that the NY Daily News should have left the original story and added the "corrections" as they played out.


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