Figured I better get this news out before Seahawks WR Percy Harvin steals all the headlines about miracle recoveries. I’m back too. It’s not quite a miracle, and I won’t be any help to the Seahawks in St. Louis, but I have resumed with two feet the ability to split an infinitive, dangle a participle and bury a lead.
Perhaps you think those majestic feats can be done without two feet, but since June 25 I was single-footed, and it wasn’t been nearly as much fun to mangle a metaphor for your pleasure.
In case you missed the story here, I broke my ankle in two places when I slipped on a wet deck at home during a major cloudburst. A July 2 surgery repaired the cracks with a plate and nine screws. Unlike Harvin, I still showed up daily for work, even if it was just to the dining room table and my laptop.
But thanks to ample support from Julia The Bridal Unit, colleagues at SPNW, KPLU-FM, Crosscut.com and AM 1090 The Fan, the surgical and rehab staffs at Group Health, the public relations staffs among our local teams and the merciless hectoring from the blister of local sports-media members mocking my temporary incapacity, I was inspired to carry on with crutches, a knee walker and Percoset.
A special shout-out goes to Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, who parted from his season-long media silence when he saw me wheeling around the Seahawks locker room, offering advice that was medical, emotional and . . . whatever the Beast says when he gets going. As a man who deals and receives pain on a weekly basis, his counsel was wise: Stop freakin’.
So it was with much pleasure that, after getting the medical OK, I recently trashed my tools of the gimp. The ankle still swells and the leg is still skinny, but I stand ready to chop the LEO linebacker, should Lynch beckon. And to the Sportspress NW readers who emailed and snail-mailed their get-well wishes, I am honored to be in your thoughts.
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SPNW co-founder Steve Rudman and local sports historian Dave Eskenazi are launching this week “Washington Wayback: A Sports Century of Feats, Foibles and Fame,” a delightful e-book that gathers the best of the site’s weekly “Wayback Machine” feature stories on the astonishing history of sports in Washington state. It’s a must-have for anyone who cares about the region’s sports, especially for the photos from Eskenazi’s incredible collection.
Volume I now available includes a great story on how the Seahawks were nearly the Seattle Kings, run by former University of Washington star and NFL great Hugh McElhenny. The book is available via the iBooks app on iTunes for iPads. Find the link in the ad on the site’s right rail.
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And if you have a good orthopedic story to share, I am much more empathetic than before. Please join me Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m. at the Market Arms in Ballard, where longtime pal and Seattle radio personality Mike Gastineau will celebrate the launch of his book, “Authentic Masterpiece” on the creation and rise of Sounders FC. Details here.
It’s a splendid, behind-the-scenes look at one of modern American sports’ greatest business stories. Now if only Clint Dempsey can find the back of the net . . .