For 3 1/2 hours Monday, we all played the prognosis game: “If you break your ankle on Feb. 19, can you play college football in the Georgia Dome against Boise State on the night of Sept. 3?”
Moot point now. Aaron Murray’s ankle is sprained, not broken. Bulldog Nation can rest, if not easy, then certainly easier.
And we saw, not for the first time and I’m guessing not for the last, the viral power of the Internet and social media. You’ll recall the feeding frenzy over Tweeted news that Joe Cox would miss the South Carolina game in 2009. (He didn’t.) We’ll never forget the thrill-ride that was Georgia’s search for a defensive coordinator. (For late tuners-in, the Bulldogs hired Todd Grantham.) Now this.
Monday’s original report, offered by the UGA student newspaper The Red and Black, was that “team sources” were saying Murray had broken his ankle in two places. Turns out it wasn’t broken in even one place. (Rule of thumb: Not being broken is better than being broken, especially if you’re the starting quarterback of a team that just went 6-7 and has to face Boise State and South Carolina in September.)
Turns out those 3 1/2 hours of teeth-gnashing were for naught. And apparently it turns out that European brand of football — we call it “soccer” — might be tougher than some red-blooded Americans care to admit.
On Nov. 13 Aaron Murray stood up to the pummeling, some of it within the rules, administered by Auburn’s massive meanie Nick Fairley and kept coming back. On Feb. 19 a pickup soccer game on campus left him on crutches. Just sayin’.
By Mark Bradley