March 06, 2007

What would you chop a finger off for?: A chance to play in the cricket world cup? No need to get too worried, he is doing fine with it so far.

posted by Fence to other at 01:06 PM - 9 comments

"Oram eventually went 12 short of his ton when he holed out to Syed Rasel at long-on. He hit five fours and a massive straight six in his 107-ball stay." I wish they would speak English, for the love of Pete. I can't understand any of that.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 02:32 PM on March 06, 2007

Ronnie Lott had part of his finger cut off so as not to miss any football games. That's been pretty much by standard for toughness ever since.

posted by bperk at 03:32 PM on March 06, 2007

guess i'd cut mine off after sticking it up any of Rosie O'donnell's trying to lighten it up guys.

posted by french-connection at 07:31 PM on March 06, 2007

Here in Australia, AFL footballer Daniel Chick had a finger removed by choice as well. He played in the Grand Final winning West Coast Eagles team last year. And if you don't already know, check out the locker room for a Cricket World Cup competition.

posted by owlhouse at 08:22 PM on March 06, 2007

I knew a polydactyl guy that did it but that was just so he could get his baseball glove on.

posted by 1959Giants at 09:17 PM on March 06, 2007

bperk, the standard of toughness is, and will always be, Buck Shelford stitching his nuts up so he could keep playing.

posted by rodgerd at 03:13 AM on March 07, 2007

I had a consultation with a surgeon to discuss having my little finger removed after a tendon injury and several subsequent failed attempts at surgical repair left my pinkie frozen in a half shut position and effectively ended by golf career. I was very gung ho about it. I went in there determined that I'd be leaving the office with a surgery date, but the guy talked me out of it (thankfully). He showed me several ways in which my assumption that I didn't really need my little finger was wrong (it's essentially the finger that steadies your grip on pretty much anything, and it also plays quite an important role when it comes to picking up handfuls of loose things, like change, or sand, or those mints I like to steal from restaurants), but he also painted a rather grim psychological picture of how my brain might react if I later decided I'd made a bad decision. I hope (and presume) that Oram is simply expressing his fervent desire to play for NZ in the world cup rather than literally thinking about having his finger cut off, and I also hope (and presume) that he would have a hard time finding a surgeon who would be willing or allowed to do it for him. Shelford is simply insane. Not someone you'd want to get into a "my scar's better than your scar" argument with. Or any kind of argument really.

posted by JJ at 04:09 AM on March 07, 2007

HOLY CRAP! "Buck Shelford stitching his nuts up so he could keep playing" How is it that we have to endure endless hours of ESPN debate over the impact of Terrell Owens finger...and there are guys out there right now spitting out teeth and testicles. I want the Rugby Chanel...and I want it RIGHT NOW!

posted by True Blue at 01:27 PM on March 07, 2007

french connection- very funny- i would cut off my entire hand and never have a drink again if any of my digits went near any O'Donnell hole.

posted by urall cloolis at 05:27 PM on March 07, 2007

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