July 18, 2007

Road to recovery

Sports are a big thing for a lot of Americans.

After all, how could a concept such as Rivals.com - and OState Illustrated - be as successful as it's been without such focus on collegiate athletics as there is now?

That's why many spend their days and nights on The Corral, discussing the West End Zone project, the progression of Bobby Reid and the upcoming season-opener at Georgia. Those are all big topics, too, because they have such influence over the OSU sports universe.

Then moments like what happened last Friday come around and make us realize that - in the grand scheme of things - sports is utterly meaningless.

I'm talking about the injury that wide receiver Artrell Woods suffered while taking part in offseason weight workouts with the football program. A routine training regimen suddenly turned into an emergency room trip, then a helicopter flight to Oklahoma City's Mercy Hospital for surgery on his spine.

One moment, budding superstar athlete. The next, recovering from surgery. If that doesn't remind you how real, how sudden, how dangerous life can be, then I don't know what would.

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