Wednesday, May 10, 2006
So if you are an England fan: you know that the savior of England soccer (Wayne Rooney) has a broken metatarsal, you know that he is using an oxygen chamber to promote healing (although I am finding stories that the thing freaked him out a bit), and you will probably never wear a Nike boot again. The big rumor out there is that the properties of Wayne's boots are what caused the metatarsal to break. Nike denies it of course, and has vowed to make no changes to its boots.
Evidently, the shoe controversy has other roots as well: "Sir Alex Ferguson banned his players from wearing “blade” studs (so-called because of their knife-like shape, designed to grip the turf) after Roy Keane broke his metatarsal last autumn." I wear blade boots myself...this makes me nervous.
On top of it all, one of the key players on my U-15 team broke his metatarsal this season. I'll have to find out what kind of boots he was wearing. Crazy though, that kid played this past weekend (less than 6 weeks after the injury - so there is hope for England), with a limp, and was better then almost anyone on the other team.