Steelers' choice of music during McGahee injury called into question
Nothing more quickly sobers or more aptly reminds us of the inherent risk involved in professional football than when a player lies motionless on the field, as was the case with Ravens running back Willis McGahee late in the fourth quarter of yesterday's AFC Championship after a hard hit by the Steelers' Ryan Clark.
Thankfully, McGahee reportedly has movement in all his limbs, and doctors have labeled him "neurologically intact," according to Sporting News. But that hasn't quelled online chatter about the Steeler sound crew's etiquette (or perceived lack thereof) during the injury time out -- a point during which the seriousness of McGahee's injury was unclear.
Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com quotes a league source as being "livid regarding the fact that, while McGahee was laying on the turf, the folks who operate the sound system at Heinz Field opted to play rock music over the P.A. system. Specifically, the selections were 'Down On The Corner' by Creedence Clearwater Revival, and then 'Smooth' by Santana featuring Rob Thomas."
This begs the question as to whether there's a protocol that teams follow when there's a player injured on the field? Would the Steelers have cranked Rob Thomas if it were one of their own lying motionless on the field?
Perhaps as surprising as the actual playing of the music during the injuries is the callousness Florio's commenters seem to have about the issue, including the gem, "Who cares ... players get injured all the time ... why is this an issue?"
It's clear to me why this is an issue. What are your thoughts?
If you haven't seen the hit and the musically underscored aftermath, John Fogerty comes in at about 1:15:
While McGahee was motionless, party music played [Yahoo! Sports]
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