As bad as this sounds, this 2019 sports season has given me more than enough content to help keep this blog up and running. Based on my audience, we will take a look at sports America tends to put first. No professional or college athletes injury is ever overlooked or ignored, but some may require more attention based on the impact their absence can leave. These athletes vacancy created the biggest up-hill battle for each teams climb to success.
I’d first like to say, if I were to sit here and list every impactful injury that occurred throughout the past year, we would have a New York’s best seller on our hands but that’s certainly not what I’m here for. I’m here to discuss which athletes caused the most struggle, created the loudest uproar, and constructed the biggest impact…
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama QB
Now that the College Football Playoff has decided it’s final four, this injury that Tua Tagovailoa suffered back in mid-November really crippled this Alabama Crimson Tide team that has been oh so dominant the past decade. Tua’s final play in the crimson did not end the way everyone expected; After a stellar college career resume to show for, with back-to-back National Championship appearances along with a title under his belt, Tua was expected to be hoisting that trophy one more time before entering the NFL draft. As we have come to find out as sports fans, things never go as expected and truth be told, Tua’s final play resulted in a dislocated right hip, posterior wall fracture, broken nose, concussion, and Alabama’s sixth straight College Football Playoff hope’s down the drain.
Alabama finished the season 10th in the country with a 10-2 record, the programs worst since 2010. Tagovailoa, on the other hand is expected to make a full recovery, but with how uncommon this injury is, who can say Tua will ever be the same again?
James Wiseman, Memphis C
The number one ranked high school player in ESPN’s top 100 for the 2019 recruiting class, James Wiseman’s season did not come to an end from an injury. Wiseman’s season was cut extremely short due to the fact that the University of Memphis’s coach, Penny Hardaway violated NCAA rules by granting Wiseman’s family $11,500 to help with the move from Nashville, TN down to the city of Memphis. After the investigation was completed, Hardaway resumed his position as head coach, while Wiseman suffered an 11-game suspension along with an $11,500 charity donation of his choice. With the number one recruiting class in the country, Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers look to regain their reputation and pave the way to a successful season.
Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets SF
Durant has yet to step on a basketball court this season and may not return for his new team he acquired this summer in free agency, The Brooklyn Nets. With a ruptured right Achilles tendon, suffered in Game 5 of last years NBA finals against the Toronto Raptors, the KD we have been adjusted to in past years, might not be the same KD we see when he finally puts on a Net’s jersey. Although the Net’s are missing Durant a whole lot as the NBA season starts to pick up, the Warrior’s are the real one’s who took the blow of KD’s injury as they went on to lose game 6 and the 2019 NBA finals. Having Durant absent on the floor for game 6, placed the Warrior’s in no position to win another NBA title. Plan’s for a full recovery are in motion, but with an injury to such a vital part of a basketball players body, it would be a pleasant surprise to see KD back to 100% for the remainder of his career.
Ben Roethlesurger, Pittsburg Steelers QB
As a 37-year old quarterback, Ben Roethlesburger only has a few more quality years of football left in his career with the Pittsburg Steelers. With a career full of all types of injuries, this particular one happens to regard the most important body part for a quarterback. In the season opener against the New England Patriots where the Steelers were blown out 33-3, Roethlesburger was said to be experiencing pain in his right throwing elbow. A week later, Big Ben was taken out in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks for the same concerning right elbow. The next day, the Steelers ruled Ben Roethlesburger out for the remainder of the season and chose to forego surgery immediately to ensure Ben will be back for the beginning of the 2020 spring practices. As the Steelers are still in the hunt for the wild card, they benched their second string, and placed their trust in the third string quarterback, Duck Hodges to keep the winning culture in Pittsburg alive until Roethlesburger returns.
Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers RF
In my opinion, the injury to Yelich takes the cake for most impactful injury of 2019. There are so many stones that were left unturned regarding Yelich’s 2019 season performance and what not only himself, but his team could of achieved with Yeli in the lineup towards the end of the season. Not only was the Brewer’s team competing for a wild card spot, but Yelich had his own competition for MVP with none other than Los Angeles Dodger‘s star, Cody Bellinger. Those hopes for not only a World Series Championship, but a back-to-back MVP season were quickly cut short when Yelich fouled off a slider which caught him in the knee cap in the first inning against the Miami Marlins. After he underwent X-rays, it was clear that both the Brewer’s and Yelich’s MVP run was over.
Like I said earlier, we would be here till sunrise trying to name every athlete that’s injury impacted some team in one way or another over the past year, but these happen to be the athletes I believe created the biggest fuss and media chaos when they appeared as absent on the playing field.
- C.C. Sabathia
- Mike Trout
- A.J. Green
- J.J. Watt
- Steph Curry
- Klay Thompson
- Zion Williamson
- Andrew McCutchen