Houston WR Patrick Edwards Injures Leg, Suffering A Compound Fracture In 37-23 Loss Against Marshall

Get The Band (And All Of Their Worthless Crap) Off The Football Field. More Importantly, These Stupid Carts

10/29/08 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5138 respect


During the 3rd quarter of Marshall's 37-23 win over Houston, Houston QB Blake Joseph threw deep in the end zone to WR Patrick Edwards. The pass was too deep, and Edwards ran into one of the carts that was holding some equipment for the band. Edwards suffered a compound fracture in his right leg.

The incident raises one incredibly obvious question. What the hell were those carts doing there? That was an accident waiting to happen. For starters, the band is one of the more useless entities in college football. The fact that a player got seriously injured on one of their equipment carts only compounds that point.


I'd be shocked if we don't see a lawsuit out of this. At the very least, Edwards' season is ruined. Worst case scenario, his career is over. It was a tragic but completely preventable injury, and the lack of foresight in this case is simply appalling.

Best wishes to Edwards, and we hope he heals up quickly and completely. Before the injury, he was the 2nd leading freshman WR in the country, and had a promising future. He had 46 receptions for 634 yards this season, including 3 games of 100+ receiving yards, and 4 TD's.
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11/4/08   |   RobPeyton

put it this way, Take L.T. (lawrence taylor) he changed a game the same way as the cart did, difference was it was legal and he was supposed to be there, the cart was not

11/4/08   |   RobPeyton

cjw1012 wrote:
true -- it could have been prevented. i wasn't disputing that at all. my main problem however, was the immediate and negative backlash towards the band's presence at all. If he had fallen on ref's bag, you wouldn't get rid of the refs. If he had slipped on a pom pom, is the cheerleading squad in danger? That was my whole point. The title of this piece more than proves the animosity towards the band in general. I just didn't understand why (even THOUGH it was preventable) he could have hurt himself just as easily ON the field as off and yet no one is wanting to talk about the number of brutal injuries that happen in pileups, mis-steps, and tackles.

thats because pileups and refs are crucial part of the game, take them away the game immediately changes, the band can go away and although it wont be AS entertaining, we would still be watching. Injuries from play are one thing injuries that could be avoided WITHOUT changing the game are another

11/3/08   |   cjw1012

true -- it could have been prevented. i wasn't disputing that at all. my main problem however, was the immediate and negative backlash towards the band's presence at all. If he had fallen on ref's bag, you wouldn't get rid of the refs. If he had slipped on a pom pom, is the cheerleading squad in danger? That was my whole point. The title of this piece more than proves the animosity towards the band in general. I just didn't understand why (even THOUGH it was preventable) he could have hurt himself just as easily ON the field as off and yet no one is wanting to talk about the number of brutal injuries that happen in pileups, mis-steps, and tackles.

11/1/08   |   RobPeyton

RichmondSpider wrote:
Accidents do happen - but this one was totally preventable - bands and football players and fans and cheerleaders can all peacefully co-exist in college football... taking away any part of this equation would be a loss to college football.

anybody takes away cheerleaders, Im going on STRIKE!!!!! WHO's With ME!!!!!!

10/31/08   |   RichmondSpider

Accidents do happen - but this one was totally preventable - bands and football players and fans and cheerleaders can all peacefully co-exist in college football... taking away any part of this equation would be a loss to college football.

10/31/08   |   RobPeyton

the band may be "part" of college ball but are they more important than a receiver? I would lose bands  in college ball rather than lose a marvin harrison or a tom brady.......

10/30/08   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

cjw1012 wrote:
Wow, as a college senior who has marched drumline all four years, I'm actually a bit taken aback by the negative backlash the band is getting in all this. Granted, I agree that the carts should not have been there but to retaliate towards the bands presence there at all, is a little much to me. We're there to support the team, just like the cheerleaders, the fans, and the dance teams. Maybe some bands have a cocky, "we ARE the show" attitude but not all are like that. It seems a little odd to me that it's the band director's fault solely when an entire stadium of fans, coaches, players, administration, security, refs, band members, dancers, cheerleaders, emergency staff, and grounds crew didn't say anything about them being there either. I agree that I don't think they should have been there at all but in all honestly, he could have just as easily slipped on a pom pom and torn his ACL. Let's get real for a second, accidents happen, especially in such a contact, hard-hitting sport as college football. At least his career isn't affected and he'll be back next season.

Accidents do happen, but this was totally preventable.

10/30/08   |   cjw1012

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Wow, as a college senior who has marched drumline all four years, I'm actually a bit taken aback by the negative backlash the band is getting in all this. Granted, I agree that the carts should not have been there but to retaliate towards the bands presence there at all, is a little much to me. We're there to support the team, just like the cheerleaders, the fans, and the dance teams. Maybe some bands have a cocky, "we ARE the show" attitude but not all are like that. It seems a little odd to me that it's the band director's fault solely when an entire stadium of fans, coaches, players, administration, security, refs, band members, dancers, cheerleaders, emergency staff, and grounds crew didn't say anything about them being there either. I agree that I don't think they should have been there at all but in all honestly, he could have just as easily slipped on a pom pom and torn his ACL. Let's get real for a second, accidents happen, especially in such a contact, hard-hitting sport as college football. At least his career isn't affected and he'll be back next season.

10/30/08   |   nebo

Often the problem is that the director thinks that  the fans are there to see the band.  I think the bands do add greatly but they are a secondary reason for the event.   That's not to say that all directors are that way.  I hope that the guy is able  to come back.  Yes I played ball but played in the band during the off season.

10/30/08   |   lozone9

and we all got mad at Dennis Rodman for kicking the courtside photographer!!

10/30/08   |   UltimateSureno   |   153 respect

Man that was nasty...I really feel bad for Edwards

10/29/08   |   ramcamcole

I dont think Edwards knew where he was on the field. I saw this game live when it happened. I dont think he knew how far he was in the endzone or otherwise he would have slowed down.

10/29/08   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Being a former band member back in high school, this makes me want to strangle the director who should tell his band members to put the damn carts in the tunnel.  I hope Edwards can come back from this, and if his career is over, I hope he does sue, he has every right to because of that band's stupidity.

10/29/08   |   ryany

On a semi-related note, I'm surprised band-related injuries haven't happened more often where many schools shove the opposing band on the sideline instead of just allocating 110 seats out of 110,000 for them.

10/29/08   |   seanrrpsnm   |   11 respect

 that was pretty gruesome....hope it doesnt ruin his career...and im sure we wont be seeing band equipment anywhere near the field anymore...too bad...i hope the guy pulls through!

10/29/08   |   Cartercincyfan

Oh boy, I about blew chunks seing that. That's terrible. This is D-1 college football and the people running this can't be smart enough to move that crap?
 

10/29/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Boski93 wrote:

Sadly this was a long time coming, I mean bands have lived with the disgrace of the of getting punked during the infamous Cal/Standford game. It was just a matter of time before they struck back. . .

Yes, I will never beat up a trumpeter again...well, at least until next week.

10/29/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Sadly this was a long time coming, I mean bands have lived with the disgrace of the of getting punked during the infamous Cal/Standford game. It was just a matter of time before they struck back. . .

10/29/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

Sarcasm is truly a special thing.

10/29/08   |   xscreamskier7

I agree, bands are an important part of college football games, even more so in the South.  But I also agree that the bands equipment, or any equipment, should be noewhere near the field of play, ESPECIALLY out the back of the endzone.  That is just asking for problems.  And to the guy who thinks this is the players fault for giving 100%, you are a moron.  I can only assume you never played competative sports.  You don't become one of the best receivers in the nation by not always giving 100%....

10/29/08   |   CriticalFanatic

Blaze125 wrote:
Damn... That looked incredibly painful.

Damn... the sky looked blue today.

10/29/08   |   CriticalFanatic

What's the message in all of this? That Randy Moss and Terrell Owens have a point that sometimes it's not all that important to go 100% on every route. Lesson learned.

10/29/08   |   Blaze125

Damn... That looked incredibly painful.

10/29/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

Ouch.

10/29/08   |   d_floyd77

I have to disagree that the band is a useless entity in college football.  On the contrary, the band is a major distinctive component of college football.  I can't imagine what it would be like going to an Illini game and not hearing the drum major or Oskie Wow-Wow.  But yea, they could have put their equipment in a safer place.