Friday, August 04, 2006

USC-Notre Dame: It's On!

The Trojans and Fighting Irish don't play until Nov. 25 at the L.A. Coliseum, but the war of words has already started. Tailback Desmond Reed, right, who suffered a major knee injury and nerve damage in his right leg in the Oct. 15, 2005 "Bush Push" game at South Bend, is blaming the ankle-deep grass at Notre Dame Stadium for the injury. "I believe it was the grass," said Reed, who recounted the walk-through the day before the game. "Guys were complaining like, 'Wow, I can't believe the grass is so tall,' " he said. "You never really think anything is going to happen. But something did and I paid the price for it." Also of note here is that Reed's surgeon was Arthur Ting, the father of Brandon and Ryan Ting, the twins who quit the USC team last week. It was later revealed that Brandon had tested positive for steroids and that Arthur had been disciplined by the state medical board. Now this takes us to an announcement regarding the site. The photo of Reed was supplied to the Wiz by Image of Sport, which has agreed to provide us with periodically with photos. This should be a win-win for everybody. Image of Sport is a premium photo service designed for daily newspapers, editorial publications and websites, and because a substantial chunk of our audience comes from that demographic, it's a perfect fit. Even if you don't have a newspaper, website or magazine to produce, take a look at Image of Sport's gallery. It's top-notch photography and you can spend considerable time just looking at images. Image of Sport is also located on the links list, under Toolbox.


kidomaha said...

Reed's comments aren't exactly a war of words. They pretty clearly fit in the context of discussing his injury.

As for the grass, unless athletes typically blow their knees out running, that's the guilty party. There weren't any other players within 10 yards of him.

Letting the grass grow long was a crafty scheme by Weis, but hopefully he reflects on the danger it subjects athletes (for both teams) to before he does it again.

Matt said...

Hardly bulletin board material.

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken around 60-70 other players played on the same surface and there was one other knee injury, Chris Frome, an ND Defensive End. I wonder if he blames the grass? Interesting that Dr. Ting also treated Reed. It seems Reed had a pretty quick recovery. Dr. Ting must have the magic touch.

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, Ting is also the doctor of Barry Bonds, who was mentioned in "Game of Shadows".